WiSE/LSAMP Student & Faculty Coffee Hour Panelist Bios

This year's coffee hour features:

Ruth Sims

Ruth Sims was born and raised in Seattle. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and also of Sioux and Cherokee decent. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2010 with a BS double major in Electrical Engineering and Math and minor in Physics. Currently she is a 2nd year graduate student here at the University of Washington in EE with concentration in Controls. Her research interests include non-liner modeling of control systems, in particular applied to power systems. She plans to finish a thesis MS in the next year and continue on for PhD in the same field. She has 6 younger brother and sisters and enjoys setting an image that they can look up to.

Dr. Isabel Casimiro

Dr. Casimiro is a 2nd year medical student at the UW. She is originally from Compton, California, and is the first in her family to attend college.

After obtaining her BS in biology and Chemistry from California State University Chico, she obtained a Master's degree from San Francisco State University in Cellular Biology. Subsequently, she obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Currently, she is an officer of the LGBTQ/Straight Organization Q-Med.

In her time at the UW she has also co-chaired the Alliance for Equal Representation in Medicine Organization, and is an active member of LMSA. In her spare time she enjoys playing racquetball, watching foreign or independent movies, and mentoring youth who are interested in science and medicine.

Ce'Nedra Martin

Ce'Nedra is a quality engineer for MicroConnex Inc. and has been with the company for a few months. Although time with the company has been short, she has developed many business policies and quality initiatives, including developing the company's policy on conflict materials, initiating internal audits on the manufacturing processes, and ISO 9000 re-certification.

Martin has a bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Washington, and has previously served as a microbiologist, quality associate and personal shopper.

Erin Fletcher-Slater

Erin Fletcher-Slater is a Project Manager in the SR520 Project Office for HDR Engineering, Inc. She leads a team of engineers working on the SR520 Floating Bridge Replacement Program. Erin earned her BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 2001 and her MS in Civil Engineering from UW in 2006.