A Free, Public Panel: Women in STEM

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 9:30 - 11am

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The Cooper Union's Summer STEM Program will host a free, public panel featuring women in science, technology, engineering and math fields from across the New York metropolitan area. Topics include how each panelist started in her field, career challenges and tips for high school students studying STEM fields today.

Panelists include:

  • Zlata Barshteyn, software engineer at Google who is a recent computer science graduate with experience from various organizations including Knewton and Setaris
  • Margaret Dohnalek, Ph.D., Global Beverage Category Scout at PepsiCo, where she is responsible for leading a strategic, multi-disciplined approach to scouting technology worldwide from a variety of industrial, academic and private sectors
  • Cristina Dolan, founder of Dream it. Code it. Win it. and Head of Content, Communities & Communications Products at Trading Screen, who has over two decades of experience building software, content and Internet based products and businesses
  • Bonnie John, Ph.D., senior interaction designer at Bloomberg, LP, who studies human–computer interaction, predictive human performance modeling, and the relationship between usability and software architecture
  • Minerva Tantoco, New York City's first-ever Chief Technology Officer, who is responsible for the development and implementation of a coordinated citywide strategy on technology and innovation

Jolie Woodson, Director of Cooper's Engineering Career Development & Outreach, will moderate.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.