Women in STEM Summit 2019

Conference / Symposium,
Free Food,
Student Life
For NYU Community

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At Tandon, we are committed to building a culture that respects and embraces gender diversity, inclusion, and equity. Join the Office of Student Affairs for the 8th annual Women in STEM Summit at NYU Tandon School of Engineering on Thursday, March 7th, 2019. This year's Summit will explore the theme "Innovators in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence." Throughout the day, we will feature women who are at the forefront of their fields: innovative, smart, driven, and changing the STEM landscape. We will also be raffling some great prizes at our signature events and handing out some awesome Google swag!

New York University and the Tandon School of Engineering provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests for accommodations for events and services should be submitted at least (1) week before the date of the accommodation need. Please email for assistance.

Please note, this event is open only for the Tandon student community. If you are a student from another NYU school and are interested in joining, please email us at 

Signature Events

Male Allies Breakfast
*By invitation only*

This event, in partnership with the Women @ Tandon Committee, will feature faculty, industry professionals and current students on a panel discussing what male-identified students can do to better advocate for women at Tandon and in the STEM field. The short panel will be followed by small group discussions where students can have a more intimate conversation with one of our panelists. This event is by invitation only.

Luncheon Lightning Talks
MakerSpace EventSpace

Our "lightning talks" are quick presentations from four forward-thinking women, each innovators in their own field, all disrupters in their own way. Lunch will be served.

Keynote Dinner
MakerSpace EventSpace

Our closing dinner will feature a welcome address from the AI Now Institute at New York University and keynote remarks from Dr. Michelle Johnson, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania. Over dinner, students will have the opportunity to network and engage in conversation with alumni and corporate representatives. Dinner will be served.

Luncheon Lightning Talks


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Jelena Kovačević, Dean, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Jelena Kovačević received a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University. She then joined Bell Labs, followed by Carnegie Mellon University in 2003, where she was currently the Hamerschlag University Professor and Head of the Department of ECE, and a Professor of BME. She is currently the William R. Berkley Professor and Dean of the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University. She received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award, Dowd Fellowship at CMU, Belgrade October Prize, and the E.I. Jury Award at Columbia University. She has co-authored a number of award-winning papers and is a coauthor of the textbooks Wavelets and Subband Coding and Foundations of Signal Processing. Dr. Kovačević is the Fellow of the IEEE and was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. She was a keynote speaker at a number of meetings and has been involved in organizing numerous conferences. Her research interests include applying data science to a number of domains such as biology, medicine and smart infrastructure; she is an authority on multiresolution techniques, such as wavelets and frames.


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Jasmine Hsu, Software Engineer, Google Brain

Jasmine Hsu is a software engineer working at Google Brain, currently on the robotics team focused on task and motion planning. Her previous work at Brain has been focused on reinforcement learning for grasping and learning representations for pose imitation and geometry.  Prior to Google, Jasmine worked in the defense and aerospace industry, working on challenges in natural language processing. One of her favorite projects during her time at NYU was her capstone with Dr. Dennis Shasha at Courant, working on a crop recommendation engine based on large-scale weather data. She does not miss Bobst but she does miss the Dosa Man.

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Wendy Jackson Dowe, President, Sky Pix Group

A mechanical engineer and FAA certified drone pilot, Wendy Jackson-Dowe has developed Unmanned Aerial System centric STEM curriculum and flown missions for a variety of clients. She obtained her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University (TSU) and completed the highly competitive Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore Business Accelerator Program with special recognition. Ms. Jackson-Dowe was recently tapped by TSU’s College of Engineering to help lead a team to develop a drone curriculum for the undergraduate program. 

Ms. Jackson-Dowe launched SkyPixGroup, LLC after receiving her FAA Part 107 drone pilot certification. SkyPixGroup provides drone powered services with customized artificial intelligence models to clients in the utility space. SkyPixGroup and Frontier Technologies have teamed up to form a unique partnership where Drone Powered services coupled with Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security provide a robust package of services that improve efficiencies, minimize safety incident exposure and directly impact the bottom line. 

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Aleksandra (Saška) Mojsilovic, Head of AI Foundations, IBM

Aleksandra (Saška) Mojsilovic is a scientist, Head of AI Foundations at IBM Research, Co-Director of IBM Science for Social Good, and IBM Fellow. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Saška received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. Before joining IBM Research, she was a Member of Technical Staff at the Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. Over the last 20 years, Saška has applied her skills to problems in computer vision, healthcare, multimedia, finance, HR, economics, and AI ethics. She is the author of over 100 publications and holds 16 patents. Saška serves on the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, which provides financial literacy and economic empowerment training to low-income individuals.

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Carlotta Mummolo, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Carlotta Mummolo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  She is the director of the Coppélia Research Lab, where a diverse team of students and researchers studies the principles of bipedal locomotion and balance stability, with applications in the field of motor rehabilitation.  Her research is based on a multidisciplinary approach that integrates fundamental biological and mechanical principles into robotics research platforms to investigate how legged systems move and interact with their environment.

Dr. Mummolo received her bachelor and master degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic of Bari (Italy) in 2009 and 2011, respectively, and a second master degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York University (NYU) in 2011. In January 2016, she received two doctoral degrees through a joint Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering between Polytechnic of Bari and NYU.  She is a member of ASME, ASEE, ISSNAF, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and Society of Women Engineers and her work has been published in several journal articles and conference presentations.

Keynote Dinner

NYU Guest Speaker

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Genevieve Fried, Technology fellow, AI Now Institute at New York University

Genevieve Fried is currently a technology fellow at the AI Now Institute at NYU. She joins the institute after working as an AI Policy research intern at Oxford University. She earned her Bachelors in Computer Science and Political Science at McGill University, where she also worked as a machine learning researcher in the Reasoning and Learning Lab. In addition to research, Genevieve has experience in journalism and industry, having worked as a software developer, program manager, and user researcher for Microsoft, and a writer, editor, and editor-in-chief for Graphite Publications.

Keynote Address

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Dr. Michelle Johnson, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pennsylvania

Michelle J. Johnson, Ph.D., is currently Assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a secondary appointment as an Assistant professor in Bioengineering and is a member of the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics graduate group. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis in mechatronics, robotics, and design, from Stanford University. She completed an NSF-NATO post-doctoral fellowship at the Advanced Robotics Technology and Systems Laboratory at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy. She directs the Rehabilitation Robotic Research and Design Laboratory located at the new Pennsylvania Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. The lab is affiliated with the GRASP Lab. The lab specializes in the design, development, and therapeutic use of novel, affordable, intelligent robotic assistants for rehabilitation. Dr. Johnson’s research currently focuses on using robotics to understand arm dysfunction and recovery after brain injury.