CIT Alumna Talk: Women in Engineering and Barbie's New Career

Time: September 24, 2010 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Distributed Education Classroom, Information Networking Institute

Description:

The College of Engineering, the Information Networking Institute and Women@INI (WINI) welcome CIT alumna Dr. Erin Fitzgerald, an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the Basic Science Office in the Research Directorate of the office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering at the U.S. Department of Defense.

Dr. Fitzgerald will speak on the topic of women in engineering and her influence on Mattel Inc.'s  selection of Computer Engineer for the 2010 career choice of Barbie® Doll.

There will be give-a-ways and a drawing to win the new Computer Engineer Barbie® Doll! Do you have a favorite or collectible Barbie® Doll? Bring her along!

The RSVP deadline (Sept 22) has passed. For those who wish to attend but did not RSVP, there is standing-room only.

The presentation will start at noon. Boxed lunches for those who RSVP'd will be provided a 11:30.

Any additional RSVP's will be standing room only.  Unfortunately we will also not be able to provide a lunch to standing room only guests.

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Distributed Education Classroom (DEC), INI Building
Information Networking Institute
4616 Henry St. (off Craig St.)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 


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Speaker: Dr. Erin Fitzgerald

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Erin Fitzgerald is currently a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the Basic Science Office in the Research Directorate of the office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering in the U.S. Department of Defense, where she develops strategic plans for future basic research investments, has been instrumental in revamping DoD policies on export control and restrictive clauses on fundamental university research, and is working to establish a standing external advisory committee for defense basic research.

Before coming to the DoD Basic Science Office, Dr. Fitzgerald worked at the National Academies as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Graduate Policy Fellow and Associate Program Officer in the
Air Force Studies Board, where she contributed to defense intelligence studies on technology forecasting.  Her internships at Microsoft, Intel, BBN Technologies, and elsewhere have given her a complementary familiarity with the industry research and development environment.

Dr. Fitzgerald received her B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and her masters and doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.  At CMU she served as Student Body President and was also actively involved in Kappa Alpha Theta, Eta Kappa Nu electrical engineering honor society, and the
Society of Women Engineers.