2021 Webinar

stEMPOWER webinar banner - FREE WEBINAR FOR GIRLS / SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 @ 1PM PST

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1:00PM – You Just Got Hacked

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Andrea Salas
Andrea Salas started her career in teaching high school math after graduating from UC Santa Barbara in 1994.  After obtaining a masters degree late in her career while working full time, she went on to teach at both the high school and college level in math and statistics.  In 2015, she answered the call from a nation-wide, organized effort to train teachers to teach computer science.

While studying CS through the CA Community College system, she started the first computer science pathway at the high school where she currently teaches. She subsequently formed a computer science club with a focus on cybersecurity competitions.  Her students are now competitive in the Bay Area Cyber League.

Ms. Salas is passionate about bringing more women into the computer science & cybersecurity world. She has co-presented multiple female-centered middle school workshops with her students, and many of them have won awards from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), including at the national level. Her school has also been only one of the few recognized by the College Board for its success in enrolling female students in its AP computer science classes. Ms. Salas is a member of, and volunteers for, the Computer Science Teachers Association.

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Fatema Bannat Wala
Fatema Bannat Wala is a Security Engineer at the LBNL/ESnet where her responsibilities include monitoring network traffic for intrusions and malicious activities, threat hunting and incident response. Fatema has held prior roles in security research and software engineering and she holds CISSP certification together with GIAC security certifications in intrusion analysis, incident handling, penetration testing, cloud security automation and intrusion detection.

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Irvin Lemus
Irvin Lemus is a professional troublemaker who loves hacking all the things. He has spoken at various cybersecurity conferences and makes cyber competitions.

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Jordan Cates
Jordan is an ethical hacker in the making with interests in cryptography, programming, hardware hacking, and network analysis. She is pursuing a BS in Computer Science in San Francisco and gives a big 👎 to the non-inclusive, gatekeeping dudes in STEM.


1:30PM – Big Science and Tiny Molecules

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Dr. Peter Ercius
Peter Ercius graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in applied and engineering physics in 2003. He remained at Cornell and completed a Ph.D. in applied and engineering physics with Professor David A. Muller in 2009. His dissertation project focused on three­-dimensional (3D) electron tomography of semiconductor devices using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). He then joined the NCEM facility as a collaborative postdoctoral researcher for 2 years before being hired as a permanent Staff Scientist of the Molecular Foundry. Peter is currently in charge of the electron tomography program at NCEM and the dual aberration-corrected TEAM 0.5. Dr. Ercius is a leading expert in electron tomography and collaborates with users of the Molecular Foundry on a wide range of projects including S/TEM atomic resolution imaging, electron tomography, 4D-STEM scanning diffraction, in situ liquid TEM, and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS).


2:00PM – College Advice

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Benjamin Huang
Benjamin Huang is a fourth year Nuclear Engineer at UC Berkeley. He’s an undergraduate researcher working with RadWatch/DoseNet to analyze and publicize radiation levels in the Bay Area. Though he’s not really sure yet what he wants to do after he graduates, finding jobs in the nuclear and/or website design field is what he most likely will aim for. Graduate school isn’t entirely out of the realms of possibility either, whether the right time for that is immediately after college or perhaps a couple years afterwards. On his downtime, he enjoys tactically smashing his keyboard on Starcraft 2, frustratingly teaching himself the third movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, and recreating traditional Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese dishes.


2:30PM – It’s Radioactive!

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Dr. Alyssa Gaiser
Alyssa is a chemist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researching ways to separate radioactive metals from each other and ways that we can use radioactive material to treat cancer.

She liked math and science in school, but chemistry was definitely her favorite. In college, she got a degree in chemistry, and then went to graduate school to get her doctorate in chemistry. When you look at the periodic table, do you see the part at the very bottom that isn’t connected to the main table? She mostly works with those two rows. In grad school, she got to learn how to handle radioactive material using special shielding and wearing rings and badges called dosimeters that monitor your exposure to radiation. Today, she continues to do some rad chemistry, and cannot wait to talk to you about it!


3:00PM – Meet Women Engineers

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Frances Yee
Frances Yee is a Principal Risk Analyst at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Her entire 32 year professional career has been with PG&E, working in various technical and leadership roles in the Nuclear Power Generation, Electric Operations and Gas Operations lines of business. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and completed the Stanford University Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-Americans. In addition, Frances has served as the Chair for the local chapter of the American Nuclear Society and is a member of PG&E’s Women in STEM organization and mentors female engineers at PG&E. More recently, Frances has served as Advancement Chair for one of her son’s Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop and enjoys supporting the advancement and enrichment of young men and women through scouting. She lives in San Ramon, is married and has two sons.

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Maggie Zheng
Maggie Zheng came to the United States as a graduate student and received her Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Math from North Carolina State University in 2009. After that, she joined the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, where she led the air traffic management group to work on projects funded by NASA Next Generation Air Transportation System Program. After getting her green card with EB1-A (alien with extraordinary ability) category, she joined a consulting company and collaborated with Boeing on aircraft trajectory analysis and model validation. Meanwhile, she served as the principal investigator to manuscript funding proposals to government agencies. Her family settled in the Bay Area and with that, she changed her job to be a Data Scientist at the Clorox Company in 2014. At Clorox, she focused on predictive analytics and modeling of enterprise data for insight discovery and support decision making. In April 2021, she joined PG&E as a Senior Data Scientist and now an Expert Data Scientist. At PG&E, she collaborated with key stakeholders within Gas Operations and the Enterprise Risk Management teams, to support risk model development, and in model management of change.


Thank you to Locus Technologies for generously allowing us to use their Zoom account for this webinar!

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