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Monday, October 2 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Women Take on Careers in Tech

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Our diverse panel of women working in the DC area provides the perspectives of engineers and computer scientist from a variety of different background who all use their passion for technology to move the industry and our nation forward in their own unique way. Our six panelists will provide insight on what it takes to pave the way to success in the technical field and how they have utilized their skills and backgrounds in computer science to execute and create projects in different fields and niches of the tech world. 


Ari Blenkhorn

PhD Candidate, UMBC
Ari Rapkin Blenkhorn's career in graphics and UI/UX spans nearly 25 years. She is currently pursuing a PhD in computer science at UMBC and expects to graduate in 2018. Her dissertation research uses parallel computing and low-discrepancy sampling to accelerate rendering of atmospheric... Read More →

Michelle Duquette

Cybersecurity Advisor, Battelle
Cybersecurity advisor at Battelle (non-profit based in Columbus, OH) for government clients and Fortune 500 companies, previously a senior consultant at Booz Allen focusing on security engineering and policy management for government clients, and Lockheed Martin as a software engineer/system... Read More →

Sarah Elkins

Configuration Management Advisor, National Cancer Institute
Sarah Elkins has supported National Cancer Institute for nine years, working as a network engineer, in configuration management, and on the Linux systems engineering team, working closely with multiple teams and supporting the transition of projects to DevOps. She has presented on... Read More →

Dr. Amelia Estwick

Program Director of the National Cybersecurity Institute, Excelsior College
Dr. Amelia Estwick is the Program Manager at the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College (NCI) and is a Thought Leader for Excelsior College’s cybersecurity research, training, and academic initiatives. Prior to her position at Excelsior College, she worked in the... Read More →

Dr. Meg Layton

Director of Engineering, Cyber Security Services, Symantec Corporation
Dr. Margaret Layton (Meg) has been working in the IT industry for over two decades. In 2001, she joined a start-up company that was acquired by Symantec, and she has since been working in various roles within the company, both on products and working on the intelligence that fuels... Read More →

Awalin Sopan

Senior Software Engineer, FireEye Inc.
Awalin Sopan is a data science and visualization specialist; currently she is working as a Senior Software Engineer at FireEye, Inc., building analytics interface for security analysts. She earned her Masters' in Computer Science with a focus on machine learning+ dataviz from the... Read More →

Monday October 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lehman Auditorium at George Washington University The George Washington University Science and Engineering Hall, Lehman Auditorium, B1220, 800 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20052