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WISE Forum

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

The first half of the evening consists of a Networking & Mentoring Reception where attendees are invited to connect. This is an opportunity for students with an interest in STEAM to talk one-on-one with, and receive advice from, female professionals and college students.  

Following the reception is a Public Panel Discussion featuring distinguished female STEAM leaders from across the country. 

Mentoring Dinner

Past panelists: executives from DuPont Company; IBM; Mack Trucks; Mars Inc.; Merck; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Sanofi, and W.L. 

2022 Women in Science & Engineering Forum
Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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The WISE Forum is back in-person with a Networking and Mentoring Reception for high school girls to connect with female STEAM professionals and a public panel discussion where four distinguished women in STEAM will share their perspectives on working in STEAM fields and the opportunities and challenges women face when pursuing a career in male-dominated fields.

2022 WISE Forum Distinguished Panelists

Megan Frank, Reporter, PBS39, WLVR 91.3 FM (Moderator)

Megan Frank is an Emmy-winning journalist.  She covers technology, science and the environment for PBS39 and WLVR.  Megan has worked on a variety of projects at PBS39, including the award-winning weekly news program PBS39 News Tonight, the digital literacy series Tech Takeover, the documentary Food Waste in the Valley, and Stop The Violence, an award-winning series about teen violence and gang recruitment.

Marinna Madrid, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Cellino

Marinna Madrid, Ph.D. is a co-founder at Cellino, a venture capital-backed biotech company building the next generation of cell-based tissues and therapies with a proprietary platform technology. She is the recipient of the Harvard Graduate Prize Fellowship, the Catalyst Accelerator Grant from Harvard Medical School, and is on the Forbes 30 Under 30 2019 list for Healthcare. She has several patents, peer-reviewed publications, and wrote the first review paper on autologous iPSC-based cell therapies.

Margaret Luthar, Broadcast & Recording Technician, NPR, Freelance Mastering Engineer

Margaret Luthar is a broadcast and recording technician for NPR, as well as a freelance mastering/vinyl cutting engineer based out of Los Angeles, California.  From 2019 to early 2022 she was the head mastering engineer at Welcome to 1979, and prior to that she was a mastering engineer at Chicago Mastering Service.

Karilyn Ruiz Reyes, BE, LSSBB, CQA – ASQ, MBA, Corporate Continuous Improvement & Process Manager, B. Braun Medical Inc., U.S.

Karilyn Ruiz Reyes is the Corporate Continuous Improvement & Process Manager at B. Braun Medical Inc., headquartered in the Lehigh Valley. Karilyn is a proud Afro Latina who started her STEAM journey back in her home country of Dominican Republic. There, she earned her Industrial Engineering degree from Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo and her Master’s in Food Quality and Safety.

Schedule of Events to be announced soon.

High school students interested in STEAM must apply to attend the free Networking & Mentoring Reception.

2022 WISE Student Application

High school students who have an interest in STEAM fields can apply now to attend the free WISE Forum Networking and Mentoring Reception (thanks to our sponsor-supported scholarships!).

Application coming soon.

Contact: Patricia J. Pietrobon, Ph.D., STEAM Educator and WISE Program Coordinator

Additional Support for the 2022 WISE Forum provided by

View last year’s Panel Discussion

The Panel Discussion and Q&A took place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Below is the recording of the discussion in case you missed it!


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