STEM Options Presenters
As part of the STEM Options programs, there will be workshops presented by successful women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
Antoinette T. Campbell
Forensic Scientist, Association of Women in Forensic Science, Inc. (AWIFS)
Antoinette T. Campbell was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She is the founder of Association of Women in Forensic Science, Inc. (AWIFS) and Club Philly Forensics, a youth forensic science and drug/violence education program. For the past seventeen years, Antoinette has been employed as a forensic scientist for the Philadelphia Police Department-Office of Forensic Science.
Nikki DeAngelis and Catherine Ferrante
Senior Research Scientists - Oncology, Jonhson and Johnson
Nikki and Catherine are Senior Scientists in Oncology Reesearch at Johnson and Johnson. Together, they have over 30 years of experience in laboratory-based scientific research in the pursuit of new therapeutics.
Lecturer, Computer Science, Penn State Brandywine
Nannette D’Imperio earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics Concentration from West Chester University. Her M.S degree in Computer Education was conferred by Philadelphia University. Mrs. D’Imperio teaches courses in the Computer Science and Information Sciences and Technology programs at Penn State Brandywine.
Rebecca Emerich (with Meghan Connor, Shelby Ament)
Optical Engineering, Edmund Optics
This team from Edmund Optics conducts outreach activities such as bending laser light with prisms, building a hologram, building a periscope, and fiber optic communication.
Technology Project Management, The Lenserf Group
Farnia is an entrepreneur and management consultant. She works with global businesses to plan and introduce changes that affect systems, processes, products, or people. Some of her key projects have included mobile app launches, platform redesign, branding, business launch, and mixed reality process design. Farnia holds a Masters in Business Administration in Information Systems and Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business, a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from The University of Pennsylvania, and professional certificates in project management (PMP), international business, & international relations.
Scientist and Professor, Earth Science/Oceanography, Penn State Brandywine
Dr. Laura Guertin has an undergraduate degree in geology and Ph.D. in marine geology and geophysics. While studying at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, she researched the record of Late Cenozoic sea-level change on the south Florida Platform. As a Professor of Earth Science at Penn State Brandywine, Dr. Guertin teaches courses and mentors student research in Earth science, oceanography, and sustainability. Learn more about Dr. Guertin at http://about.me/drlauraguertin/.
Kathleen Hamilton (with Thao Nguyen, Pallavi Godavarthy)
Senior Program Manager, Communications Test Design Inc.
These presenters come from a variety of backgrounds. Kathleen has a Masters in Business Administration from Rider University, Thao has a BS from Drexel University, and Pallavi has a Masters in Information Science from Villanova University. Their diverse education has brought them together in the field of Software Development in management, development, support and data analytics.
Electrical expert, James F. Valentine and Associates
Jennifer Hildebrand is an electrical expert at James F. Valentine and associates. She received her B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from Rowan University in 2016. Shortly after graduation she began working at James F. Valentine and Associates - a professionally licensed and certified fire investigation and forensic sciences company that conducts thorough and complete investigations. She has worked for the company for two years and quickly fell in love with the profession, stating “There is nothing else I’d rather do”. In addition, Jennifer hopes to pursue her master's degree in Electrical Engineering in the fall.
Director of Public Programs, Tyler Arboretum
Since October 2013, Amy Mawby has been responsible for the management of the Arboretum’s Education Department and oversees the coordination of volunteer and visitor services. Amy earned a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Public Horticulture from the University of Delaware. She previously worked as Education Coordinator for Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. Amy is a bit of a shutterbug and enjoys nature photography.
Scientist and Professor, Psychology, Penn State Brandywine
Dr. Valerie Mendez-Gallardo earned her doctoral degree from the University of Iowa in 2011 and currently works at Penn State Brandywine. Her research is in the area of developmental psychobiology and she teaches courses in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience.
Kate Moran (with Kirsten Mc Groary, Alaina Bradley, Kelly Mundy, Sanne Eisenhauer)
Information Insurance Engineers, Lockheed Martin
Kirsten, Alaina and Kelly are all Penn State University graduates and have been with Lockheed Martin since graduation.
Nuclear Physicist, Department of Defense (Contractor)
Dr. Papadopoulou is a nuclear physicist who offers subject matter expertise at the Department of Defense on issues related to nuclear weapons and national security.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Mathematics, Penn State Brandywine
Samantha Pezzimenti finished her Ph.D. in mathematics at Bryn Mawr College. She does research in topology and studies the mathematical properties of a familiar object - knots! For more information, you can visit her webpage at <www.spezzimenti.wix.com/math>.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Kinesiology, Penn State Brandywine
Prof. Rostick has taught Kinesiology courses at Penn State Brandywine for over 20 years. Her courses include many different fitness and wellness courses, as well as ballroom dance. She is certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association as an athletic trainer, and certified by the American Red Cross to teach first-aid and CPR courses.
Physics Instructor, Penn State Brandywine
Dr. Shrestha has a Ph.D. degree in Particle Physics. She worked on readout electronics of the pixel detector system of Compact Muon Solenoid Detector (CMS) at CERN in Switzerland. The CMS Detector is one of the four major detectors at the Large Hadron Collider experiment. The pixel detector measures the position of particles as they make their way through the detector with a precision better than one-tenth the size of a human hair. She also tested the performance of High Voltage Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors that are used in the tracking detector of the Mu3e Experiment due to its high radiation-tolerance.
Research & Technology Engineer, Boeing
Emily attended Penn State Brandywine and University Park campuses, graduating in 2009 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Emily interned twice with the Boeing Company, starting full time in 2010 supporting build process improvements for the CH-47 and V-22 helicopters. Emily now supports international supplies to Boeing, and works to implement automation into the factory.
Scientist and Professor, Biology, West Chester University Of Pennsylvania
Dr. Sullivan-Brown is an Assistant Professor of Biology at West Chester University. She teachs mainly upper level Cell and Molecular Biology courses and enjoys introducing students to the excitement of research. Her laboratory studies the links between folic acid and embryonic development. Folic acid is an essential vitamin that is supplemented in vitamins and found in many grain food products. Although increased levels of folic acid is known to decrease the risk of neural tube defects (a common and severe type of birth defect), we do not understand how folic acid is involved in embryonic development. She uses a simple roundworm as a model system to better understand these processes.
Scientist for Vaccine Development, Eurofins Scientific
Corinne graduated in 2016 from Penn State University with her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. She is currently working for Eurofins Scientific, a global company that does a lot of analytical testing and research for large pharmaceutical companies. She services a large pharmaceutical company in West Point, PA, doing research with the vaccine development team. She is also a licensed cosmetologist and looking to continuing her education in Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Sciences, with the end goal of being a cosmetic chemist.
Scientist and Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State Brandywine
Jennifer M. Zosh, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University’s Brandywine campus. As the Director of the Brandywine Child Development Lab, she studies how infants and young children learn about the world around them. Her areas of expertise and publication include playful learning, the impact of technology on children, working memory, mathematical cognition, and language acquisition. She presents regularly at professional meetings including: the Society for Research in Child Development, International Congress on Infant Studies, National Academy of Sciences Children and Screens colloquium, International Mind Brain and Education Society, and others. A major driving force in her career is dissemination and translation of scientific discoveries to the public via blogging and media appearances. This translational work has appeared on The Conversation, PBS Parents, The Huffington Post, the Brookings Institution, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, NPR Radio Times, and beyond. She is also involved in the dissemination of developmental research through her involvement with Living Laboratories embedded in children’s museums and her roles on advisory boards for organizations (e.g., Ultimate Block Party, Urban ThinkScape). She received her bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware and her Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.