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NYU Tandon Hosts Women in STEM Symposium Connecting Professional Innovators to Aspiring Engineers

The Inaugural Event Focuses on “Engineering the Path Forward” for a Future Generation


BROOKLYN, New York, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 –  This September, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering will welcome an incoming undergraduate class that is nearly 43 percent female, and with them, the Women in STEM symposium. The symposium serves to celebrate and continue NYU Tandon’s focus on diversity and closing the gender gap.

AT&T Northeast Region President Marissa Shorenstein will be keynote speaker for the day-long event on Thursday, September 27. CultureBanx CEO and co-founder Kori Hale, CBS News Legal Analyst Rikki Klieman, and Green Depot CEO Sarah Beatty will moderate engineering- and enterprise-focused panel discussions taking place throughout the day at NYU Tandon’s Pfizer Auditorium in Downtown Brooklyn.

Panelists will include New York State Chief Technology and Innovation Officer Kristen Titus, FirstMark Capital Managing Director Beth Ferreira, Mastercard Executive Vice President-North American Digital Payments and Labs and Global Issuer Engagement Jessica Turner, and IMB Hybrid Cloud Chief Technical Officer for DevOps Andrea Crawford, who is an NYU Tandon alumna.

In attendance will be NYU Tandon’s new dean, Jelena Kovačević, the first woman to lead the school since its inception in 1854.

We at Tandon are dedicated to hearing all voices. Events like the Women in STEM symposium are meant to introduce successful women leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators to NYU Tandon students and alumni. Our goal is to create an engineering school that serves as an example to the STEM world, a world that celebrates women and everything they are capable of.”  — Dean Jelena Kovačević

Among the scheduled events for the symposium are the Engineering 4.0 panel, a discussion of how schools and New York State are rewiring to prepare for the future; “Engineering Intelligence,” a panel that focuses on companies that are putting STEM first; and “Show Her the Money,” a panel of female venture capitalists who will speak about their experiences and then hear four pitches from NYU Tandon students about their tech startups. The symposium will also feature networking and job recruitment events throughout the day.

The Women in STEM event is brought to NYU Tandon by Dede Bartlett, a Woodrow Wilson visiting fellow who served as a corporate secretary of the Mobil Corporation and vice president of corporate affairs programs at the Altria Group, where she developed the company’s award-winning domestic-violence education programming. She is also a master’s degree recipient of New York University. Her father, George Juul Thompson, received his bachelor’s degree from NYU Tandon (then the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn), where he later served as a part-time instructor of electrical engineering.

The Women in STEM symposium is open to the public. Join the conversation on Twitter at #TandonWomenTalk and watch online at engineering.nyu.edu/live.

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About the New York University Tandon School of Engineering

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, the founding date for both the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly). A January 2014 merger created a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within NYU, one of the country’s foremost private research universities, and is closely connected to engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates Future Labs focused on start-up businesses in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program. For more information, visit engineering.nyu.edu.