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Women in Science and Engineering Luncheon Series

About the Program

Created by a group of women affiliated with the Museum of Science as trustees, overseers, and donors, this unique forum enables an audience of interested women to hear about the research and life experiences of distinguished female scientists and engineers, exchange ideas, and make lasting connections.

Through stimulating conversations and active engagement with science and engineering professionals, the biannual Women in Science and Engineering Luncheon Series encourages young women to pursue careers in the sciences. It also contributes to the Museum's goal of helping adults become more informed about the concepts and tools we all need to navigate our rapidly evolving technological world.

2015

  • Spring

    Galit Alter, PhD

    Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard University Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard

2014

  • Fall

    Sangeeta N. Bhatia, MD, PhD

    Director, Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies, MIT

  • Spring

    Ann C. McKee, MD

    Co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, a collaborative venture between Boston University School of Medicine and the Sports Legacy Institute

2013

  • Fall

    Galit Lahav, PhD

    Associate Professor in Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School

  • Spring

    Maria T. Zuber, PhD

    Vice President for Research and the E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2012

  • Fall (Fifteenth Anniversary)

    Mary C. Boyce, PhD

    Department Head of Mechanical Engineering; Ford Professor of Engineering, MIT

    Barbara J. Hughey, PhD

    Women's Technology Program Associate Director; Instructor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT

    Caitlin Reyda

    Graduate Student in Mechanical Engineering, MIT; Alumna and Staff Member, Women's Technology Program, MIT

    Evelynn M. Hammonds, PhD, Emcee

    Dean of Harvard College; Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies

  • Spring

    Maryanne Wolf, EdD

    John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development; Director, Center for Reading and Language Research, Tufts University

2011

  • Fall

    Yolonda Colson, MD, PhD

    Director, Women's Lung Cancer Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Professor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School

  • Spring

    Cynthia Breazeal, ScD

    Associate Professor, Media Arts and Sciences, MIT; Founder and Director, Personal Robots Group, MIT Media Lab

2010

  • Fall

    Janet Conrad, PhD

    Professor of Physics, Division of Experimental Nuclear & Particle Physics, MIT

  • Spring

    Pamela A. Melroy

    Colonel, US Air Force, retired; Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, retired; Combat veteran, Just Cause and Desert Shield/Desert Storm

2009

  • Fall

    Miriam E. Nelson, PhD

    Director, John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention at Tufts University

  • Spring

    Susan K. Avery, PhD

    President and Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

2008

  • Fall

    Susan Hockfield, PhD

    President, MIT

  • Spring

    Angela Belcher, PhD

    Germeshausen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Biological Engineering, MIT; Cofounder, Cambrios Technologies, Inc.

2007

  • Fall (Tenth Anniversary)

    Linda Griffith, PhD

    SETI Professor of Mechanical and Biological Engineering; Director of the Biotechnology Process Engineering Center, MIT

    Pardis Sabeti, MD, PhD

    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University

    Paula Johnson, MD, MPH

    Moderator

  • Spring

    Anne Buckingham Young, MD, PhD

    Julieanne Dorn Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Chief of Neurology Service, Massachusetts General Hospital

2006

  • Fall

    Cynthia M. Friend, PhD

    TW Richards Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science, and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

  • Spring

    Lene Vestergaard Hau, PhD

    Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Physics, Harvard University; MacArthur Fellow

2005

  • Fall

    Carla J. Shatz, PhD

    Nathan Marsh Pusey Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

  • Spring

    Barbara E. Corkey, PhD

    Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine

2004

  • Fall

    Amy Smith

    MIT Professor and 2004 MacArthur Fellow

  • Spring

    Mildred Dresselhaus, PhD

    Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics, MIT

2003

  • Fall

    Esther M. Pearson, EdD

    President and Chief Technology Officer, TPG, Incorporated

  • Spring

    Naomi Pierce, PhD

    Hessel Professor of Biology, Harvard University

2002

  • Fall

    Susan Lindquist, PhD

    Director, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

  • Spring

    Paula Johnson, MD, MPH

    Chief, Division of Women's Health; Executive Director, Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology, Brigham and Women's Hospital

2001

  • Fall

    Rosalind Picard, PhD

    Director of Affective Computing Research, MIT Media Laboratory

  • Spring

    Heather N. Lechtman, PhD

    Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

2000

  • Fall

    Colleen Cavanaugh, PhD

    Aquanaut and Professor of Biology, Harvard University

  • Spring

    Dava Newman, PhD

    Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Aerospace, MIT

1999

  • Fall

    Colleen Cavanaugh, PhD

    Aquanaut and Professor of Biology, Harvard University

  • Spring

    Dava Newman, PhD

    Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Aerospace, MIT

1998

  • Fall

    Vicki Sato, PhD

    Chief Scientific Officer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

  • Spring

    Melissa Franklin, PhD

    Professor of Physics, Harvard University

1997

  • Fall

    JoAnn Manson, MD

    Women's Health Study, Harvard Medical School