The Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Initiative was established as part of the Science Center’s broader commitment to supporting women and girls in STEM. The WISE Initiative is dedicated to creating a supportive community of women employed in STEM fields and encouraging girls who aspire to follow a STEM 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 STEM.
Most recently, the WISE Initiative garnered national recognition and received federal funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to complete a regional research study titled Building a Community Ecosystem to Support Women in Science and Engineering.
WISE programs and events include: Network events for professionals, Women in STEM Career Connection Days, STEM Girls! Robotics; Girl Scouts Day; and WISE Family Night.
Please note that some of the below programs are delayed or on hold due to COVID-19. Updates will be posted as they become available.
Meet seven female professionals who shared their perspectives on working in STEM fields and the opportunities and challenges women face when pursuing a career in male-dominated fields. Watch the Forum any time here.
Teachers gain valuable, real-world examples to take back to the classroom and try practical, hands-on activities that build students’ transferrable STEM skills and fulfill Career Education and Work standards.
Science Clubs at Da Vinci Science Center are all about having the most fun with science! Each meeting, participants will explore different sciences, tinker with modern technology, and build new skills that will help them navigate life in the 21st century.
The Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Network consists of 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.
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.
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.
|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|
|Jennifer Allenbach||Chief Mission Delivery Officer, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania|
|Erin Armstrong||Associate 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 Bubernack||President, ET&T; Voice, Data, MSP, & Security Services Expert|
|Megan (McGovern) Deller||VGIGP, Manufacturing & Engineering – Product, Mack Trucks|
|Lin Erickson||Executive Director and CEO, Da Vinci Science Center|
|Bonnie Hall||VP, Global Quality & Continuous Improvement, Crayola|
|Stephanie Hnatiw||Owner, Interim Executive Director and Fund Development Services|
|Kristen Jellison, Ph.D.||Director, ADVANCE Center for Women STEM Faculty and Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University|
|Jodi Koch||VP, Patient Care Services, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest|
|Tamala Mallett Moore, MD, MBA, ABFP||Therapeutic Area Head Vaccines /Flu, Meninge and Pneumo, Innovative, Nosocomial and COVID19/Global PV & PE, Sanofi Pasteur|
|Darlene Pors||Special Projects Design Associate, H.T. Lyons|
|Rajika Reed, Ph.D., MPH, M.Ed.||VP, Community Health, St. Luke’s University Health Network|
|Kelly Rindock||VP, Wealth Management, Steel Valley Investment Group, Raymond James & Associates, Inc.|
|Susan Schierwagen||VP, Product Development – Fire Protection, Technology & Product Development, Victaulic|
|Katy Worrilow, Ph.D.||Founder and CEO, LifeAire Systems, LLC and Adjunct Professor, Penn State Univ Lehigh Valley (past co-chair)|