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Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Initiative

The Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Initiative is part of the Science Center’s broader commitment to supporting women and girls in STEAM – the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The WISE Initiative dedicates itself to creating a supportive community of women employed in STEAM fields and encouraging girls who aspire to follow a STEAM career path.

These leaders also bring passion, insight, expertise and resources to advise Da Vinci Science Center strategies for developing girls’ interest and achievement in STEAM.

The WISE Initiative continues to evolve in response to data gathered from its research study titled Building a Community Ecosystem to Support Women in Science and Engineering. The study was funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


Women & Science in Engineering Programs & Events

Five girls sitting in the audience awaiting the panel discussion to beginning at the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Forum.

2024 WISE Forum – Nov. 12, 2024

The annual WISE Forum brings together high school and college girls interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) with accomplished women-identifying professionals in STEAM fields, ranging from academia and healthcare to design engineering and space exploration.

Women in STEM Career Connection Days

WISE Career Connection Field Trip Days showcase STEM careers for women and girls.

A woman working in a STEM profession shows two high school girls technology she uses in her field during the Women in Science & Engineering Career Connection Days.

Girl Scout Day & Camp-in Programs

Scouts earn badges, patches, pins, other scouting awards, or exclusive Da Vinci Science Center patches and badges.

WISE Network Events

The WISE Network consists of both current and aspiring STEM professionals seeking opportunities to network and support each other. The Da Vinci Science Center hosts regular networking and professional development events for this group.

Women in STEM Research Study

With the support of a two-year grant from IMLS entitled “Building a Community Ecosystem to Support Women in Science and Engineering,” the Da Vinci Science Center is partnering with area colleges, universities, community organizations, and YOU, to identify how the community can develop programs and services that address the needs of area women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.


WISE Executive Advisory Council

The WISE Initiative is overseen by an Advisory Council made up of female representatives from area STEM corporations, colleges and universities, and organizations serving women and girls.

Co-Chairs

NameAffiliation
Joy Karnas, Ph.D.Professor of Biological Science & Genetic Engineering, Director of the Honors Program, Cedar Crest College
Jean Vincent, Ph.D.Sr. Vice President, R&D Specialty Additives, Research, Development & Innovation, Evonik Corporation

Members

NameAffiliation
Jennifer AllenbachChief Mission Delivery Officer, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Erin ArmstrongAssociate Director, Sterilization, B. Braun Medical Inc (past co-chair)
Mary Armstrong, Ph.D.Charles A. Dana Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and English Chair, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Lafayette College
Fusun BubernackPresident, ET&T; Voice, Data, MSP, & Security Services Expert
Lin EricksonExecutive Director and CEO, Da Vinci Science Center
Dawn Gallagher, PMP Project Manager, Evonik Corporation
Kristen Jellison, Ph.D.Director, ADVANCE Center for Women STEM Faculty and Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University
Jodi KochVP, Patient Care Services, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest
Tamala Mallett Moore, MD, MBA, ABFPTherapeutic Area Head Vaccines /Flu, Meninge and Pneumo, Innovative, Nosocomial and COVID19/Global PV & PE, Sanofi Pasteur
Darlene PorsSpecial Projects Design Associate, H.T. Lyons
Rajika Reed, Ph.D., MPH, M.Ed.VP, Community Health, St. Luke’s University Health Network
Kelly RindockVP, Wealth Management, Steel Valley Investment Group, Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
Susan SchierwagenVP, Product Development, Victaulic
Katy Worrilow, Ph.D.Founder and CEO, LifeAire Systems, LLC and Adjunct Professor, Penn State Univ Lehigh Valley (past co-chair)

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