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2018 WISE Conference

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2018 Women in Science and Engineering Conference
March 2, 2018
Texas State University, San Marcos TX


The College of Science and Engineering hosted its sixth Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Conference on Friday, March 2, 2018.

2018 Conference Theme: "Think WiSE"

This one day event was an exciting forum for STEM outreach and education - with a spotlight on the many accomplishments of women in STEM. Participants had opportunities to network with our guest speakers, meet other students doing STEM research at Texas State, and have fun with many hands-on STEM activities in our EXPO. Thank you to all of our Texas State students, high school students and teachers, industry professionals, faculty, alumni, and special guests who joined us in celebration of women in science and engineering at Texas State University!


2018 Conference Chair
Dr. Susan Holtz
Texas State University
College of Science and Engineering, Dept. of Physics


2018 Guest Speakers

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Opening Speaker
Katie Gonzalez, Propulsion Analyst, Boeing

Keynote Address
Ginny Catania - Research Scientist at the Institute for Geophysics and Associate Professor, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin

Boeing in the Spotlight, team of panelists
Michelle Barber, Electrical Design and Integration Technical Lead
Helen Biller, Engineering Manager, Propulsion Technology Team
Sheila Sharp, Director of Mission Assurance, Defense, Space & Security Division Diana Talley, Project Engineer, Boeing 737 Airplane Integration Office
Casey Thompson, Integrated Planning and Scheduling Manager, Boeing GMD

WiSE Communication & Negotiation Skills Seminar
Kelly Nash, Associate Professor of Physics, University of Texas at San Antonio

WiSE Workshop for high school students “Be Fearless – Shaping Your Future Self”
Susan Romanella, Director, NSF H-LSAMP Scholars Program, College of Science and Engineering
Texas State Undergraduate Students: Ananda Diener (chemistry); Laura Godinez (computer science); Ivianne Tompkins (industrial engineering)


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2018 Student Poster Session, People's Choice, Selfie Celebration, and EXPO Winners

Congratulations to all of our student winners for their fine academic and research performance!

Poster Session - First place: Sara Weaver - "Testing Acoustic Deterrents for Reducing Bat Fatalities at Wind Turbines in South Texas"

Poster Session - Second place: Madeline Huff - "Evaluation of Cell Death Pathways Caused by Conductive Polymer Nanoparticle-Mediated Hyperthermia in Breast Cancer Cells"

Poster Session - Third place: Riley Horner - "Engineering Approach used in Hydroponics Designs and Automation"

People's Choice Poster Winner: Riley Horner - "Engineering Approach used in Hydroponics Designs and Automation"

Selfie Celebration Winner: Rebekah Rylander

People's Choice EXPO Winners: Texas State Astronomy Club; San Marcos High School Robotics Team, Texas State American Chemical Society


2018 WiSE Scholarship Award Recipients

Heather Hansen: Women's Giving Circle-WiSE Scholarship
Rebekah Rylander: Women's Giving Circle-WiSE Scholarship
Elizabeth Sanchez: Women's Giving Circle-WiSE Scholarship

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