Event Schedule

30th Annual Susan M. Arseven '75 Conference for Women in Science and Engineering


2:45 PM


3:10 PM

Session I

3:30 PM

Dr. Barbara Gastel, Professor of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences and
of Humanities in Medicine, Texas A&M University

Communicating Science and Technology: A Key Career Component—and Sometimes a Career

Communication is integral to a career in science or engineering, and sometimes it is the focus of such a career. In this talk, I will note some types of communication that scientists and engineers commonly do and will discuss their importance. I also will provide tips for communicating with various audiences, and I will introduce resources in this regard. In addition, I will talk about communication as a career option for those of us with backgrounds in science or engineering. Along the way, I will recount some of my journey as a woman pursuing a nontraditional science-based career. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Navigating the Road to a Career in Academia

Dr. Jennifer Dulin, Assistant Professor of Biology, Texas A&M University

Graduate school can be full of ups, downs, and unknowns. It is not always clear how best to navigate the obstacles on the road to a successful career in academia. In this talk, I will discuss my journey to landing a faculty position and talk about the things you can do in graduate school, a postdoc, and beyond to boost your chances of a successful career in academia!


4:30 PM

Session II

4:45 PM

Dr. Maria Koliou, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University

Women in Engineering: My Experience & Views

According to National Science Board statistics, women remain underrepresented in the science and engineering (S&E) workforce, despite the attention STEM demographics and outreach efforts have received in recent decades. The US S&E workforce has become more diverse; however, several racial and ethnic minority groups continue to be significantly underrepresented, specifically Hispanics, African Americans, and American Indians. They comprise a smaller share of the S&E workforce (11%) than their proportion in the general population (27% of the US working-age population). The increase in female participation in S&E over the past two decades includes increasing participation by members of all racial and ethnic groups. However, minority women still comprise fewer than 1 in 10 employed US scientists and engineers. As a first-generation female college student, I am passionate about broadening participation in STEM and striving to promote gender and ethnic diversity in the civil engineering field. In this presentation, I will be discussing my experience as a student and faculty member and bringing to the audience’s attention opportunities and challenges associated with “women in engineering” pursuing their careers.

Lessons learned from mentoring relationships

Dr. Dilma Da Silva, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University

Mentors are a critical component of both professional and personal development. Mentoring relationships have been shown to be particularly impactful in the careers of women and people from underrepresented populations in STEM. In this talk, Dr. Dilma Da Silva discusses her experience on both sides of mentoring and sponsoring, identifying how the activities may vary across career phases, organizations, and communication styles.

Lunch Break

5:45 PM


6:30 PM

Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at

Weathering the storm: All hands on deck response to the COVID19 infodemic and how we can prepare for the future

Dr. Katelyn Jetelina has been responding to the pandemic for the past 19 months on two fronts: as an expert epidemiologist and a scientific communicator. For the latter, she started an institution-wide email that "translated" the quickly evolving COVID19 science to combat viral misinformation in real time. This email quickly morphed into a Facebook page, which then morphed into the newsletter publication "Your Local Epidemiologist" that has reached over 106 million people globally. Throughout her journey, Dr. Jetelina has learned numerous lessons about scientific communication and how to translate science to the greater community, which can provide important insight for future pandemic prepardness.

Make-a-Difference Award

7:30 PM

Susan M. Arseven ‘75 ‘Make-a-Difference’ Memorial Awards Presentation


8:00 PM

Session III

8:15 PM

Tiera Fletcher, Project Engineer, Boeing

Workplace Meets Homeplace

March 2020 is remembered as the starting point of change for many people around the world. The pandemic has spurred the digitization of many industries and a new norm is now standing on the shoulders of technological advancements.

Creating an effective professional network through joining and forming

Dr. Karan Watson, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University

We have all heard that networking is professionally important. Research once pointed out that the majority of senior-level and many entry-level jobs, awards, and important assignments come to you because of your networks. I contend networks help with much more than just opportunities, and that satisfaction with your professional journey is greatly enhanced by your networks. However, they must be well crafted and authentic networks. In other words- to the extroverts-more is not always better, and to the introverts-some have to be a bit more personal. How to design and build your set of networks is discussed in this session.

Speaker Panel

9:15 PM

Closing Remarks

10:00 PM