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She is currently a second-year graduate student in the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Department at Yale University. She works on the morphology of the endoplasmic reticulum. She received her Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Amherst College, where she discovered her interest in the intersection between chemistry and biology. After graduation, she worked as a lab technician at MIT for two years. Cathy is passionate about mentoring future generations of underrepresented scientists and hopeful that we can work together to address the problem of lack of representation of underrepresented minorities in higher education. Cathy is also Involved in the SACNAS Chapter at Yale and Yale BBS Diversity and Inclusion Collective.
Hannah Riley Bowles is the Roy E. Larsen Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and co-director of the HKS Women and Public Policy Program. She is a leading expert on when and how gender influences negotiation and on the role of negotiation in women’s career advancement.
Michael Caplan is the C.N.H Long Professor and Chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. He has been recognized by numerous awards for his teaching, mentorship and research. His laboratory focuses on understanding the ways in which epithelial cells communicate with one another to generate and maintain their unique structures. His group also studies Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease, a prevalent and serious genetic disorder that distorts the normal architecture of renal epithelial cells and that is a major cause of kidney failure. The Caplan laboratory is working to understand the mechanisms responsible for this condition and to identify targets for new therapies.
Menachem Elimelech is the Roberto Goizueta Professor at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. Professor Elimelech received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Hebrew University in Israel and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1989 in Environmental Engineering. Professor Elimelech has received numerous awards in recognition of his research and teaching. Notable among these are his election to the United States National Academy of Engineering in 2006, the Eni Prize for ‘Protection of the Environment’ in 2015, the Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2011, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering in 2008, and the Clarke Prize for excellence in water research in 2005. Professor Elimelech has advised 39 Ph.D. students and 32 postdoctoral researchers, many of whom hold leading positions in academia and industry. In recognition of his excellence and dedication in teaching and mentoring, he received the W.M. Keck Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award in 1994, the Yale University Graduate Mentoring Award in 2004, and the Yale University.
Bonnie T. Fleming is a Professor of Physics at Yale working in high energy particle physics. Her research focuses on accelerator-based neutrino physics to study the nature of neutrinos and what neutrinos can tell us about the rest of the Standard Model of particle physics and the universe. To do so she develops and builds particle detectors in Yale’s Wright Laboratory, and performs experiments primarily at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and CERN. Fleming received the American Physical Society’s DPF Mentoring Award in 2018.
Brian Frenette joined the Yale Office of Career Strategy in summer of 2013 and currently serves as Senior Associate Director, working with students in Yale's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and postdoctoral fellows and associates. Prior to joining Yale, Brian worked in career services at Wesleyan University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he oversaw their Field Experience program. Brian is a member of NACE and the CCEIA. In addition to working in career services, Brian has also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of New Haven and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Brian lives in the New Haven area and is an avid fan of skiing and hiking.
Mary Geary’s dedication to mentoring and developing women’s careers grew from her career in healthcare including clinical practice, senior leadership in healthcare organizations and ultimately her own consulting business focused on executive coaching, interim executive work, and quality improvement. She recently published a study of women who have managed to combine successful careers and long marriages: Possibilities: Insights and Wisdom from Women Who Combined Marriage, Motherhood, and High Professional Achievement (2017). She is currently Past President of the YSN Alum Association and Vice-President of the Board of a safety net hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, in Trenton, NJ.
Larry Gladney joined Yale as Professor of Physics and Phyllis A. Wallace Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development in January 2019. Gladney’s research focuses on the intersection of experimental particle physics and cosmology, where he attempts to understand the origins of and fundamental connections between matter, energy, space, and time. He is particularly interested in future explorations of the cause for the accelerated expansion of the universe. Co-author or author of more than 600 peer-reviewed publications, he came to Yale from the University of Pennsylvania where he was the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Associate Dean for Natural Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences. At the University of Pennsylvania he also held a secondary appointment as Professor of Education in the Higher Education division of the Penn Graduate School of Education.
Jonathan Gonzalez Cruz
Jonathan Gonzalez-Cruz is the Policy Coordinator at Connecticut Students for a Dream, an undocumented, youth-led statewide organization fighting for the rights of immigrants and their families. Jonathan received a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Southern Connecticut State University where he was a Presidential Scholar in the Honors College. He is currently a graduate assistant and student at the University of Connecticut pursuing a Master of Science in Quantitative Economics. He is undocumented and unafraid. But above all else, he is the proud son of Blanca and Jorge, who uprooted their entire lives, left behind all they ever knew, to provide a better future for their sons.
Laura Hunter, PhD, is the Associate Diversity Officer and Coordinator of Faculty Development at the University of Arizona. She earned her PhD in sociology at the University of Arizona and was a Moreau Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. Her research has focused on unconscious bias against women in STEM fields, and another line of her research investigates gender differences in faculty careers. Since returning to the University of Arizona in 2013, Dr. Hunter has worked to better recruit, retain, and support underrepresented faculty, as well as provide educational workshops on unconscious bias, including how it impacts hiring, evaluations, and the student experience. By educating others about potential biases, she hopes to ultimately reduce the impact of these biases to create more inclusive, equitable workplaces and campuses.
Krista Kenney is currently a Ground Test Systems Project Lead for Sikorsky Aircraft’s Research and Development department. In her role, Krista is responsible for providing technical support for manufacturing functions including the planning, supervision, and direction of construction activities related to Systems Integration testing. Krista joined Sikorsky in 2010 as an Associate Process Engineer for the West Palm Beach Development Flight Center. In 2013 she shifted into a position as Manufacturing Engineer, supporting multiple experimental programs. Krista transitioned into her latest role at Stratford, in 2017. Krista holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Worldwide, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration with the same establishment. She enjoys volunteering with local organizations such as the Sterling House Community Center, and is currently a Co-Chair of Sikorsky’s Women’s Impact Network.
Mr. Killheffer is the Assistant Provost for Academic Integrity in the Office of the Provost, with responsibility for overseeing and managing University-wide academic integrity initiatives, including Title IX, that promote awareness relating to the ethical standards for the conduct of research and scholarship at Yale. In addition, he serves as Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator with responsibility for Title IX compliance and programs across the University.
Dr. Elif Kongar is a Professor of Technology Management and Mechanical Engineering, and Chair of the Technology Management Department at the School of Engineering, University of Bridgeport (UB). During her tenure at UB, she established research and graduate concentrations and coursework in several areas, including simulation and modeling, service management and engineering, and economic and environmental sustainability. Her main area of research is economically and environmentally sustainable waste recovery systems and operations. She also works on projects that aim at increasing female participation in engineering disciplines and at improving K-12 STEM, undergraduate and graduate engineering education programs. Prof. Kongar received her BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering from Yildiz Technical University, and PhD degree in industrial engineering from Northeastern University. Before joining the University of Bridgeport, Dr. Kongar was a Visiting Researcher in the Center for Industrial Ecology at Yale University.
Lekha Mathew is currently working as the Agile Lead for Enterprise Business Services (EBS) Integrations team and a member of Advanced Technical Leadership Program-Class 2019 Lockheed Martin Corporation. In her role, she is responsible for Agile transformation of the team which encompasses the ability to embrace and thrive in a flexible, collaborative, fast changing environment. Prior to the role, Lekha worked with Rotary and Mission Services (RMS) as a Data Analyst to draw insights from raw information sources, transform and create report prototypes and implement with meaningful data driven analysis. Lekha holds a bachelor’s degree in business management (BBM) from Mangalore University in India and pursuing master’s in business administration (MBA) from Quinnipiac University. She lives in CT with her husband and daughter and loves to hike, enjoy retail therapy and create yummy bento box lunches. She is actively engaged with local STEM events and Girls Who Code movement to inspire and encourage young women to pursue career in computer science.
Sandra Martinez Morilla
Sandra earned her PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine in 2013 from the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain. During her thesis, she studied the involvement of DNA repair in the cellular response to antitumoral agents of marine origin from a Spanish biotech. She then spent around 4 years as a Postdoc at Hattangadi Lab in the Hematology/Oncology section of the Department of Pediatrics here at Yale, where she studied the implication of nuclear protein export in red blood cell development, both in mouse and human systems. Currently, she is a Postdoc at the laboratory of David Rimm at the Deparment of Pathology, working on identification of new biomarkers to predict response to immunotherapy in cancer patients.
Jordan Peccia is the Thomas E. Golden Jr. Professor of environmental engineering and the director of environmental engineering undergraduate studies at Yale University. His research group integrates molecular biotechnology with process engineering to address environmental problems. Dr. Peccia has over 20 years of experience in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and post doctoral researchers, and was recipient of Yale's Graduate Mentor Award for the sciences in 2011.
Dr. Desirée Plata is Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. She has two primary obligations to society: (1) to help protect the quality of the air, water and soil; and (2) to help provide an education for the next generation of engineers, especially with regard to the influence of their designs on the natural world. Desirée holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry and Chemical Oceanography from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from Union College and proudly attended Gould Academy for high school. She recently received the NSF CAREER award.
Dr Pusztai is Professor of Medicine at Yale University, Director of Breast Cancer Translational Research and Co-Director of the Yale Cancer Center Genomics Genetics and Epigenetics Program. He is also Chair of the Breast Cancer Research Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG). Dr. Pusztai received his medical degree from the Semmelweis University of Medicine in Budapest, and his D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford in England. His research group has made important contributions to establish that estrogen receptor-positive and-negative breast cancers have fundamentally different molecular, clinical and epidemiological characteristics. He has been a pioneer in evaluating gene expression profiling as a diagnostic technology to predict chemotherapy and endocrine therapy sensitivity and have shown that different biological processes are involved in determining the prognosis and treatment response in different breast cancer subtypes. He made important contributions to clarify the clinical value of preoperative (neoadjuvant) chemotherapy in different breast cancer subtypes. Dr Pusztai is also principal investigator of several clinical trials investigating new drugs, including immunotherapies for breast cancer. He has published over 250 scientific manuscripts in high impact medical journals including the NEJM, JAMA, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nature Biotechnology, PNAS, Lancet Oncology and JNCI. He is among the top 1% most highly cited investigators in clinical medicine according to a 2015 Thomson Reuters report. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and a Susan Komen Scholar.
Dr. Ramos is a lecturer and instructional lab manager in the department of physics at Yale University. She is co-director for Girls Science Investigations at Yale, a program encouraging middle school girls to pursue science careers. In addition to teaching introductory physics courses for undergraduates, Dr. Ramos also trains faculty members, postdocs and graduate students in student centered and inclusive teaching methods based on physics education research and cognitive science.
Barbara Reck is a Senior Research Scientist at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She studies the sustainability of material use in society, and its implications on energy consumption, climate targets, and the future availability of raw materials. Her research informs environmental and resource policy as well as Circular Economy discussions. Her extensive work on metals is based on detailed case studies of nickel and stainless steel and includes in-depth analyses on metal recycling and its energy implications, the development of metal recycling indicators, metal criticality assessments, and scenarios on the future supply and demand of major metals.
Dr. Reshma Shanku is currently the Chief Engineer for US Army and Air Force Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programs supporting the Army and Air Force Market Segment at Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company. Reshma is responsible for all technical aspects on FMS programs including new business requirements, product design, development, integration and support. Reshma joined Sikorsky in 2012 from Rolls-Royce. Reshma holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from India, a Master of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Mississippi.
Hyun Ja Shin
After completing her Ph.D in economics from Yale, Hyun Ja Shin joined Charles River Associates as an economic consultant specializing in antitrust matters. She later transitioned to higher education, serving as a lead administrator for the Becker-Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago. Most recently at Yale, she worked on strategic planning for Yale Conferences & Events and the Finance and Business Operations division, prior to joining the Office of Career Strategy. Hyun Ja and her husband have two children in college, one of whom is a senior at Yale.
Dr. Alyssa Siefert works as Clinical Data Analyst for Foresite Capital, a healthcare-focused private equity and venture capital firm, where she evaluates the technological feasibility of biotech innovations. She is also a prolific science writer whose ghostwritten articles have garnered hundreds of thousands of online views. Previously, Alyssa served as engineering director for the Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology (CBIT), where she advised project teams, ran large healthcare hackathons, and managed academic-industry partnerships. Alyssa earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University while completing two years of MBA coursework at Yale School of Management on a Fellowship, followed by postdoctoral training at Yale Systems Biology Institute and Department of Immunobiology. Her research focused on designing nanotechnology for immunotherapeutic applications. She holds a BS in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, with a minor in Professional Writing, from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Maria Trumpler is a senior lecturer in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Office of LGBTQ Resources. She initially came to Yale as a graduate student in Physiology but switched to History of Science in order to study how science has historically excluded a wide variety of potential practitioners. At Yale, she has worked for creating practices and systems inclusive of transgender and non-binary members of Yale’s community.
Dr. Suzanne Young is the Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Teaching Development at the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Virginia. She has taught literature and composition for over 20 years, including a course on “Paris in the ‘20s” that focuses on transatlantic modernist artists. Her research interests include composition, modernist literature, digital humanities, and online learning. At the CTL, she works with graduate students and faculty on course design, teaching innovation, technology-enhanced teaching, and student engagement.
Dr. Julie Zimmerman is an internationally recognized engineer whose work is focused on advancing innovations in sustainable technologies. Dr. Zimmerman holds joint appointments as a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. She also serves at the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Environment School. Her pioneering work established the fundamental framework for her field with her seminal publications on the “Twelve Principles of Green Engineering” in 2003. She demonstrates this framework in her research including breakthroughs on the integrated biorefinery, designing safer chemicals and materials, creating novel materials for water purification, and analyzing the water-energy nexus.
This event is being co-sponsored by the: Yale Alumni Association • Advanced Graduate Leadership Program, School of Engineering & Applied Science • Yale Department of Astronomy • Yale Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology • Yale Department of Cell Biology • Yale Department of Physics • Yale Integrated Graduate Program in Physical and Engineering Biology • Office of Career Strategy • Office of Graduate Student Development and Diversity