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Friday - April 30
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHAT: The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Career Day will show 400 seventh and eighth grade girls that careers in the sciences, engineering and technology can be interesting and rewarding. Working professional women present 26 hands-on workshops (each girl attends three) on subjects such as crime-lab techniques, food engineering, weather forecasting or polymer synthesis.
WISE 2004 is sponsored by Philips Medical Systems.
Keynote speaker Helen Greiner is the co-founder (at age 23) and chairman of iRobot Corporation, a leading independent robot company. IRobot inventors created My Real Baby (with Hasbro), the Roomba automatic vacuum cleaner, and robots used in search and rescue (at the World Trade Center) and in combat (in Afghanistan). Greiner was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 by Ernst & Young.
WHERE: Workshops in the Chem (Olney) and Bio (Olsen) halls, UML North
Keynote address in Olney 150
WHEN: Workshops begin at 9:10, 10:10 and 11:10 a.m.
Schedule and room allocations will be in press packet
Keynote address is 12:40 - 1:10 p.m.
WHY: Women continue to be underrepresented in the sciences and engineering. The women presenters serve as role models, offering insight and advice about high school studies, career paths and life choices. The award-winning WISE program, in its ninth year, has been credited by earlier participants with influencing their career aspirations and choices.