Three women working in a lab

Sept. 27 from 6-8:30 p.m.
North Carolina Biotechnology Center, 15 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC

Join us for a panel discussion "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)." We'll hear from Virginia Tech alumnae who are navigating the challenges and excelling in these male-dominated fields.

Our alumni panelists for the discussion are:

Megan Stallings

Stallings graduated from Virginia Tech in 2015 with a degree in Packaging Systems and Design. While at Virginia Tech she had the opportunity to work as the Sustainable Biomaterials Departmental Recruiter, lead in the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design, and serve as an activity leader for Kids Tech University; an event focused on middle school students and STEM.

She was introduced to the Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) in 2013 through the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design board and began her career with them as an intern at their Roanoke, Virginia sheet plant in 2014. She worked closely with production and design gaining a foundation for her career in corrugated. In 2015, she spoke as a PCA representative at the ICPF Careers in Corrugated Teleconference; an event that promotes the corrugated industry to college students interested in careers in Packaging Engineering and Design. The following summer she was a sales intern at the Winter Haven, Florida full line plant.

For the past three years, she has worked as a corrugated sales representative for a number of different industries, including agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and automotive. At the beginning of 2018, she was presented with the opportunity to lead her sheet plant in High Point, North Carolina to Food Safety System Certification. She looks forward to her future of learning, growing, and leading at PCA.

Laura Bostic

Laura Bostic is a senior research associate at Novozymes where she has worked for the past four years in the BioAg Discovery group. As the fungal technical lead, she works to discover novel microbes with the potential to benefit crops. Laura holds a master’s degree in plant pathology from NCSU, though her heart lies in the mountains of Virginia, where she received a bachelor's degree in math from Virginia Tech in 2007.

Nisha Thuruthy

Nisha Thuruthy graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and later returned to obtain a master's degree in environmental engineering in 2012. During her work life, Nisha has been a design engineer and a consultant. She has worked on projects involving civil, industrial, and environmental engineering, as well as change management, asset management, and complex data analysis. Nisha is currently working at McKim & Creed, where she designs water and sewer lines for the rapidly growing Triangle area.

The discussion will be followed by a casual networking reception with fellow alumnae and university faculty with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine. The Women in STEM event is a chance for alumni share experiences, build professional networks, and explore industry trends.

This panel discussion will be livestreamed.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Katie Lafon at 540-231-8706 or during regular business hours at least five business days prior to the event.


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