WiSE Conference 2017 Keynote Speakers
A.M. Keynote Speaker
Naria K. Santa Lucia
Executive Director, Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Naria K. Santa Lucia currently serves as Executive Director of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS). WSOS is a unique public-private partnership that helps cultivate the next generation of STEM professionals in Washington state’s high-demand employment fields through scholarships and support for low- and middle-income college students.
As Executive Director of WSOS, Naria is responsible for leadership and management of resource development and program design, implementation, evaluation, and advocacy. Since its inception in 2011, WSOS has provided nearly $38M in scholarships and thousands of hours of support services to more than 10,000 scholars — the majority of whom are women, students of color and/or first in their families to attend college. WSOS has raised almost $100M for scholarships and support and is on track to fund 15,000 students by 2021.
Naria is a graduate of the Law School and the College at the University of Chicago. She was honored as a “40 Under 40” in 2015 by the Puget Sound Business Journal and was named a Woman of Courage by the UW Women’s Center.
In addition to her work at WSOS, Naria serves on the boards of Columbia Legal Services and Goodwill Seattle. She is also a member of the Dean’s Visiting Committee for the UW College of Engineering and is an appointed member of the Washington State Governor’s STEM Education Innovation Alliance.
P.M. Closing Program Panel
Director of Self-Service Performance Advertising Products, Amazon
Colleen Aubrey is Global Director of Self-Service Performance Advertising at Amazon. She and her team build cost-per-click advertising products that place ads in front of customers searching for related merchandise on Amazon. These products and are available to brands, authors, and publishers via the Amazon Marketing Services (AMS) self-service portal and to Marketplace sellers via Seller Central.
Colleen has worked across Amazon’s advertising businesses since 2008, first launching Amazon Product Ads — managing sales, operations, product, and tech — and later helping to develop and market AMS to brands as well as self-service advertising programs for Kindle Direct Publishing authors and Amazon App Developers. She has also led worldwide marketing for Amazon’s advertising programs, including both performance and display advertising products.
Colleen earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from Canberra University and her master’s in business administration from Macquarie University. A native of Australia and world traveler, she currently resides in Seattle.
Linda Ng Boyle, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Industrial & Systems Engineering, UW College of Engineering
Dr. Linda Ng Boyle is Chair of the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department at the University of Washington. She is a Professor of both Industrial & Systems Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering. Prior to her appointment at UW, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa and a Senior Researcher at the U.S. Department of Transportation–Volpe Center. She hold a B.S. from the University of Buffalo and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington.
Dr. Boyle is the recipient of an NSF Career Award, and her research work has also been funded by the US DOT, NIH, and the National Academies–TRB. She is an Associate Editor for the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention and Chair of the Transportation Research Board committee on Statistical Methods. She also co-organizes the International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design.
Jenna P. Carpenter, Ph.D.
Founding Dean and Professor of Engineering, Campbell University
Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter is the Founding Dean and Professor of Engineering at Campbell University. Prior to joining Campbell University, she served for 26 years at Louisiana Tech University as Associate Dean and Department Head and as Director of the Office for Women in Science and Engineering. She served as Louisiana Tech’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Faculty Advisor for thirteen years.
Dr. Carpenter was principal investigator of Louisiana Tech’s National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant, which sought to create a culture of success for women faculty in engineering and science. She previously served as co-principal investigator on the NSF-funded Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Knowledge Center Project, which created an online database and professional community focused on women in engineering and science. She is the 2015-2016 WEPAN Immediate Past President.
Dr. Carpenter also served as Vice President for Professional Interest Councils on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), as Director-at-Large for the ASEE Women in Engineering Division, as national SWE Faculty Advisor and Counselor Coordinator, and as First Vice-President of the Mathematical Association of America.
Dr. Carpenter currently advises on diversity and mentoring programs for a variety of NSF-funded programs and women-serving engineering and science organizations. She is an ABET Program Evaluator, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences, Chair of the Mathematical Association of America Council on the Profession, and Chair of the Steering Committee for the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program.
Sheila Edwards Lange, Ph.D.
President, Seattle Central Community College
Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange has a wide range of experience in higher education administration and has been a leading advocate for diversity and inclusion throughout her career. She started her tenure at Seattle Central Community College in August of 2015 as Interim President, and she became President in June of 2016.
Before joining UW, Dr. Edwards Lange worked for the Seattle Colleges District and at North Seattle College in education and planning. Additionally, she has held positions in academic and student services at the University of California, Irvine; Western Washington University; and UW.
Dr. Edwards Lange formerly served as Vice President for Minority Affairs and Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Washington. In these roles, she was responsible for increasing diversity and working with senior leadership to improve the retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff. As a result of her work, the entire UW community is now engaged in making the campus more inclusive and welcoming for people of all backgrounds.
Before her tenure at UW, Dr. Edwards Lange worked for the Seattle Colleges District and at North Seattle College in education and planning. Additionally, she has held positions in academic and student services at the University of California, Irvine; Western Washington University, and UW.
Dr. Edwards Lange has served on a number of national, state, and local committees to advance equity and inclusion in higher education. She is a charter member of the National Association of Chief Diversity Officers. She is also a member of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the American Educational Research Association, and the Association for Institutional Research.
The recipient of UW's 2005 Diversity Award for Community Building, Dr. Edwards Lange has devoted much of her time and effort to community activism and serving as an advocate for diversity in higher education. In 2011, she was named a Woman of Influence by the Puget Sound Business Journal and received a Crystal Eagle Leadership Award at Tabor 100's annual Captains of Industry Gala. In 2013, Dr. Lange was honored for her extraordinary long–term service to WEPAN with the organization's Founder's Award. She also received the 2013 UW College of Education Distinguished Graduate Award.
Dr. Edwards Lange earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies and a Master of Public Administration from UW, and she holds a bachelor's degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine.
Principal Engineer of Technology Innovation Group, Seattle City Light
As the Principal Engineer for the new Technology Innovation Group at Seattle City Light, Uzma Siddiqi is responsible for generating ideas using emerging technologies and assessing their impact on the utility. Her areas of innovation include battery storage, microgrids, demand response, and transactive energy.
Prior to her work at Seattle City Light, Uzma worked in transmission and distribution planning, engineering standards, and customer service. She has worked in the electric power industry for many years, with a break to spend time as a stay-at-home mom. Uzma received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.
Director of the Engineering Career Center, University of Washington
Closing Program Panel Moderator
Gail is Director of the Career Center @ Engineering or CC@E. Opened in the Fall of 2015, CC@E is a branch of the UW Career & Internship Center that assists students in the 10 engineering departments. CC@E has had a tremendous impact since its inception, assisting over 1,800 engineering students in its first year of operation.