Hosted by The Office of Student Affairs

- Featuring -

Rima Alemeddine
Director, Cisco Systems

Nasir Memon
Cybersecurity, NYU Tandon

Jin Montclare
Chemical & Biomolecular Eng.

Katherine Bennett
Art & Technology Eng.

Matthew Campisi
Electrical & Computer Eng.,
NYU Tandon

- Why Attend? -

Join some of the most influential thinkers in STEM at the fifth annual Women in STEM Summit, where you'll connect with experts from the worlds of science, technology, integrated media, bio-medical research, academia and more. Hear inspirational stories and learn valuable tactics from executives, entrepreneurs and academics that you can use in your own career. Learn how males who support gender equality and diversity in STEM can help at the "How Men Can Help" forum. At the "Mental Toughness" workshop, learn successful performance training from a Fortune 500 executive coach as we address your most pressing challenges, concerns and questions on developing confidence. Network and build connections with over 200 of your peers from a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds, passions and pursuits for a day of candid conversation, provocative thinking, innovative start-up ideas at the luncheon roundtable talks. Leave feeling energized and empowered--ready to make your mark on the world. You don't want to miss out on this transformative, two-day spectacular event!

Schedule of events

Wednesday 2nd March

12:20pm - Kickoff Luncheon
Dibner Building, LC 400

Join a career panel discussion with corporate executives Shradha Sharma, Mukta Sharma (PriceWaterhouse Coopers), Rima Alemeddine (Cisco Systems), Georgia Forbes (Goldman Sachs), followed by a lively roundtable discussion hosted by student club leaders.

3:30pm - Keynote
MAGNET Town Hall

Hear New York City's First-Ever Chief Technology Officer, Minerva Tantoco, discuss her career, overcoming adversity in STEM and the citywide effort to make NYC the most technology-friendly and innovation-driven city in the world.

5:50pm - Spotlight Series
Dibner Building, LC400

Special guest Dr. Patricia McLaughlin-Haight ,NYU Polytechnic BS, MS, Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering '79 interviewed by Andreína Vivas-Thomas, B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering '17, President, SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers). Introduction: Ursula Koniges, PhD Student in Chemical Engineering.

Thursday 3rd March

12:25pm - Faculty & Alum Panel, Luncheon
Dibner Building, LC 400

Hear NYU faculty discuss their career paths in an engaging two-part panel featuring Jin Montclare, Anne Ronan, Kris Day, Mary Cowman, Shaloo Rakheja, DeAngela Duff, Agnes Tourin, Alexandra Seidenstein, Vittoria Flamini, Alesha Castillo, Phyliss Frankl.

2:20pm - Lightning Talks
Dibner Building, LC 400

Enjoy three fast-paced talks filled with ideas, passions, experiences and research worth sharing featuring Matthew Campisi, NYU Tandon (Biomedical Signal Processing, Entrepreneur) and Katherine Bennett, NYU Tandon (Integrated Digital Media).

4:50pm - How Men Can Help
Othmer Residence Hall, Lounge

Learn how men who support gender equality and diversity in STEM can help at a forum featuring Nasir Memon (CyberSecurity, NYU Tandon), Nathan Rubin (Business Technology, PIAA Board) moderated by student leader, Alexander Lawson.

- Our Speakers -

Anita Farrington

Anita Farrington, Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Anita Farrington is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Her enthusiasm for higher education has fueled a career that spans decades and has grown by leaps and bounds at NYU. Starting out at the graduate business school and then moving on the College of Arts and Sciences, Farrington came to her current post in December of 2010. As an administrative dean, Farrington ensures that Tandon students are engaged socially, culturally and academically as well as being prepared to go into the workforce. Passionate about her students’ experience at Tandon, Farrington has launched STEM events such as the Women’s Summit and the Diversity Summit, to increase participation of women and students of color in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Active in the arts and philanthropy, Farrington has won multiple awards, most recently the 2016 Community and Education Award from the New York Metro area chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. Twitter:@NYUPolyDean

Minverva Tantoco

Minverva Tantoco, CTO New York City

Minerva Tantoco is the first-ever Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York. With 30 years of experience in technology, she started her first software company in 1985, and recently served as CTO of global financial services firm UBS and Merrill Lynch. Minerva is a strong advocate for encouraging more women to become involved with technology, and believes that technology can be used to spread knowledge and improve education, especially in underserved communities, and that artificial intelligence applied to the massively growing amount of systems, data, and interconnections offers capabilities of which we have yet to dream.

Shradha Sharma

Shradha Sharma, PWC

Working at Price Waterhouse Coopers since 2014, Shradha Sharma is a Technology Consultant in financial services and IT infrastructure, applying her tech skills to the needs of a venerable financial institution. Sharma has also worked as an engineer in Communications Design for the Long Island Rail Road, working on projects such as radio network signal strength analysis, antenna site design, network management, database design and data analytics. At New York University, Sharma was a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Urban Science and progress where she was part of the team that set up the Urban Observatory and earned a MS in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. Also at NYU, she won the Harold Hertzberg Award for outstanding scholarship and participation in extracurricular activities.

Mukta Sharma

Mukta Sharma, PWC

As an Associate in IT Infrastructure Advisory at Price Waterhouse Coopers, Sharma utilizes her information technology and networking skills on a daily basis. She is a Cisco Certified Routing and Switching Networking Associate and a Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician. Sharma has specialized knowledge of programming languages such as C, Java, SQL and HTML. A graduate of George Washington University, Sharma was an Information System Analyst and a Graduate Program Assistant at GWU and earned a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering.

Georgia Forbes

Georgia Forbes, Goldman Sachs

In her 10-year career track at Goldman Sachs, Forbes has progressed from Consultant to Associate to Vice President to her current title, Executive Director of Information Security. Currently providing comprehensive Risk Management Solutions, strategic and tactical systems thinking and effective IT solutions with business objectives, Forbes has 12-plus years of consistent achievement in the information technology field. Since 2001, Forbes has been an advisor and volunteer with the Hope Center Development Corp., working to alleviate homelessness in the New York City area and she has also been a mentor. She has a MBA in Management Systems and International Business from Fordham University, where she was part of the Deming Scholars Honors Program.

Dr. Patricia McLaughlin, MD

Dr. Patricia McLaughlin, MD

Born, raised, and educated in Brooklyn, NY, both of McLaughlin’s B.S. and M.S. degrees were earned at Brooklyn’s Polytechnic Institute of New York. Medical school and residency in Ophthalmology were completed at SUNY – Health Science Center at Brooklyn (formerly known as Downstate Medical Center). Her first 7 years in clinical practice were spent in a full-time faculty position at Weill-Cornell Medical Center. Private solo practice in Ophthalmology began in the year 2000 located on the upper east side of Manhattan, while remaining a voluntary faculty member at Cornell. Professional memberships include the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), and the New York State Ophthalmological Society (NYSOS) where Dr. McLaughlin serves the specialty society as the Third Party Liaison Committee Chair and serves all NYS ophthalmologists as the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee representative. In her free time, The Westchester Humane Society at New Rochelle has welcomed Dr. McLaughlin as a voluntary member active in fundraising activities. Her two working breed dogs serve as ‘unofficial’ therapy dogs coming daily to the office and provide comfort for those patients and staff that chose to interact with them.

Britt Hykal

Britt Hykal, Google

In her current position as Recruiting Coordinator at Google, Hykal plays an integral role in the staffing process. As she communicates with Google Product Managers, Software Engineers and Directors to ensure a cohesive and enjoyable interviewing experience, she also works closely with Recruiters, Sourcers and other staffing personnel in order to provide quick and efficient service to candidates. Hykal also arranges all logistical aspects of the interview process. Before joining Google, she was Program Manager at the Bureau of Education and Research in Bellevue, Washington. Hykal has a Bachelor of Arts n Psychology from Western Washington University and enjoys hiking, camping and skiing.

Matt Campisi

Matt Campisi, NYU

An Industry Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tandon, Campisi has done groundbreaking work in the health sciences field. He co-founded two companies—Infrared Sciences and UE Life Sciences—that developed technology for early detection of breast cancer. The technology developed by these companies has been used in countries such as India, Turkey, Khazakstan, Sri Lanka and the UK. In his work at Tandon, Campisi has explored interests in Biomedical Signal Processing and Communication Theory. An NYU Alum, Campisi graduated from Polytechnic with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has also worked as a Software Manager at Globecomm Systems Inc. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society.

Katherine Bennett

Katherine Bennett, NYU

Fusing the worlds of creativity and engineering, Bennett brings her artistic vision to Tandon as a faculty member. Acclaimed for creating art that explores themes of time, thought, communication and memory, Bennett’s teaching approach to subjects such as coding is thought provoking, inspired and asks her students to use their imaginations to the fullest. Bennett graduated from Ohio University, England’s Wolverhampton School of Art & Design, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught at the University Nevada, Reno and the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, before joining the School of Engineering’s Department of Technology, Culture and Society.

Nasir Memon

Nasir Memon, NYU

Memon is Department Head and Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at Tandon. He is the Founder and Director of the Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS)laboratory and is the Founding Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP). His research interests include digital forensics, biometrics, data compression, network security and security and human behavior. Memon earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mathematics from the Birlani Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India. He received a Master of Science in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska. Memon has published over 250 articles in journals and conference proceedings and holds a dozen patents in image compression and security. He has won several awards including the Jacobs Excellence in Education award and several best paper awards. He has been on the editorial boards of several journals and was the Editor-In-Chief of Transactions on Information Security and Forensics.

Nathan Rubin

Nathan Rubin, NYU

Nathan Rubin is on the International Board of Directors of the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association. He received his M.S. in Organizational Behavior from Tandon in 2014 after earning a B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he also played four years of varsity baseball. Rubin is currently a Talent Management Analyst on the Executive Leadership Development team at A.I.G., where much of his responsibilities focus on designing and implementing A.I.G.’s Talent Review process for their executive population, however he has recently begun to work on Executive Leadership Initiatives for women and men of color. Prior to A.I.G., Rubin worked a contract position at Goldman Sachs within their Learning and Development division. While at NYU Tandon, Rubin was President of PolySHRM (the on-campus student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management) and he graduated with three concentrations: Management of Change, Training & Development and Human Capital Engineering & Analytics

Melanie Greene, MTA

Melanie Greene is an Assistant Project Coordinator – Signals Engineering for MTA, New York City Transit, a position she has held since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.

Deirdre Harvey, MTA

Deirdre Harvey is Construction Manager at MTA-New York City Transit. Harvey has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York Institute of Technology, where she received the Honor & Challenge Scholarship and a softball scholarship.

Patricia Kettle, MTA

In her role as Project Architect at MTA-New York City Transit, Kettle played a key role in the 34th Street extension of the New York City Subway’s busy 7 train line—the city’s first new subway station in many years. Before joining the MTA, Kettle was a Senior Associate at Dattner Architects. She holds architecture degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Florida and a Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.

@steminist | #SWE | #AOENYU | @nyuSHPE