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.

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Current and Past Speakers

2014

Fall

Sangeeta N. Bhatia, MD, PhD Director, Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies, MIT Learn more about this event

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

Margaret Geller, PhD Senior Scientist, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Spring

Martha Gray, PhD Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technologies

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