Change-Makers: Innovative Women in Tech

Jennifer Rochlis Zumbado '94
Manager, Space Human Factors and Habitability Element with the NASA Human Research Program

Audrey St. John
Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science, MHC

with panelists
Ruimin Cai '14, Computer Science and Mathematics major, Mount Holyoke College
Jennifer T. Miller '93, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Gigamon
Mitali Pattnaik '99, Entrepreneur in Residence, Foundation Capital
Lydia Young '75, Requirements Management Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 pm

The Hacker Dojo
599 Fairchild Drive
Mountain View, California

RSVP by April 11 to Sarah Adragna at 413-538-2638

Mount Holyoke College


Jennifer Rochlis Zumbado ’94, B.A. in Physics, Mount Holyoke; M.S. in Aeronautics, MIT; Ph.D. in Aeronautics, MIT, works at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston where she holds a leadership role as the manager for the Space Human Factors and Habitability Element within NASA's Human Research Program. Jennifer’s current work focuses on managing research in areas including space food systems, habitat design, microbiology and human robot interaction that will mitigate risks to humans on long duration spaceflight missions. Previously, she has conducted research on NASA's robot astronaut, the next generation of lunar and Martian rovers, and other telerobotics projects. Jennifer has a special commitment to mentoring young people in science and technology and is currently a board member of the Children's Museum of Houston. 

Audrey St. John, B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics, Wellesley College; M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science, UMass Amherst, is a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College. Her research is motivated by computational challenges arising in robotics, biology and Computer Aided Design; in 2013, she received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Ruimin Cai ’14, B.A. Candidate in Computer Science, Mathematics, Mount Holyoke, is a senior at Mount Holyoke College and the recipient of a 2013-14 Microsoft Scholarship. After graduation, she will work as a software development engineer at Microsoft. Ruimin spent the summer of her junior year interning at Microsoft and has participated in several tech-programs, including Google's Android camp. At Mount Holyoke, she is involved in Computer Science and Mathematics research and is active in the Computer Science Club, helping to organize 24-hour GameJam and MakerJam events.

Jennifer T. Miller ’93, B.A. in Politics, Mount Holyoke; M.A. in Politics, George Washington University; J.D., Georgetown University, is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Gigamon. Prior to Gigamon, she worked in-house at HP and before that at Cisco. Jennifer has broad-based legal expertise with a strong focus on working with tech companies to achieve their business goals. Before becoming an attorney, Jennifer worked in politics. Jennifer is the Director of Leading Women in Technology, a non-profit dedicated to unleashing the potential of women tech professionals.

Mitali Pattnaik ’99, B.A. in Computer Science, Philosophy, Mount Holyoke; M.B.A. in Management, London Business School, is an Entrepreneur In Residence at Foundation Capital, one of the top venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Mitali has a long career in tech and has worked at Microsoft, Yahoo, Electronic Arts, Google and Twitter. Mitali is an avid supporter of women in tech; while at Twitter she was one of the first corporate mentors of Girls Who Code – an organization that teaches coding to high school girls from underserved communities.

Lydia Young ’75B.A. in Physics, Mount Holyoke; M.S. in Applied Physics, Cornell; Ph.D. in Nuclear Science and Engineering, Cornell, is Requirements Management Program Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where her current job focus is providing leadership for the management and implementation of the Lab's contract with the Department of Energy. Lydia has worked in the high tech industry for over 25 years leading engineering and manufacturing teams in the development and production of complex semiconductor capital equipment. From the day she left MHC, Lydia has been a proponent for girls and women in science and engineering.


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