BAE Systems Electrical Engineer to Speak at Women + Math

Jillian Warner to Share Career Experiences at CSM Event for Girls Ages 13 and Older

            The College of Southern Maryland is hosting its ninth Women + Math: Infinite Possibilities, a career exploration event for girls ages 13 and older. The event, April 20 at the college’s La Plata Campus, will feature more than 15 career professionals who work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields—all are women.

            “The event will highlight the exciting fields that are open to women today that rely heavily on mathematics skills. By connecting young women with computer scientists, meteorologists, architects, nurses and engineers, we hope to entice female students to take more math classes while in middle and high school so that they too can rise to the top of a STEM profession,” said CSM Professor Sandra Poinsett, Women + Math coordinator along with Associate Professor Stephanie McCaslin.

            The day includes a keynote address by Jillian Warner, an electrical engineer at BAE Systems where she manages the installation of communications systems for the military. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Tufts University in 2007, Warner began an engineering leadership development program with BAE Systems. This three-year rotational program enabled her to travel from Wayne, N.J., to San Jose, Calif., to Troy, Mich., while learning and growing as an engineer and a young manager. She earned a Master of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. Warner worked on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle which allowed her to work closely with soldiers and airmen at bases in Arizona, Maryland and Puckapunyal, Australia.

            Throughout the day, students will attend hands-on workshops in their areas of interest allowing for one-on-one interaction with STEM professionals. During lunch, students will be able to network with the presenters and ask questions of the group of presenters during a panel discussion. Later in the afternoon, Amanda Purnell, a CSM alum who is a computer science major at the University of Maryland University College will speak to students. She will talk about her internship at the U.S. Embassy in London and the exciting life she is planning for herself.

            There will also be a parent/teacher workshop led by CSM Professor Dr. Maria Bryant on how the education system in Puerto Rico has successfully encouraged more than 50 percent of female students to pursue degrees in STEM-related fields.

            The W+M Workshop is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 20 at CSM’s Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. To pre-register for this free event, visit www.csmd.edu/WaM. Registrations received by April 15 will be entered into a special drawing for a $50 gift card.

Women + Math is part of April’s Spotlight on STEM, which is hosted by CSM and sponsored by PNC Foundation, Diamond Sponsor; BAE Systems, Gold Sponsor; and Silver Sponsors Lockheed Martin Foundation, SAIC and Wyle.

For information or sponsorships on Spotlight on STEM and CSM programs in science, technology, engineering and math, visit http://www.csmd.edu/stem/.

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