These are just some of the words that can be used to describe the women shaking up the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) industry.
From the creation of a computer program to the discovery of DNA structure, women have played a significant role in shaping technological history. Despite representing less than one-third of those employed in STEM, women continue to champion major contributions and developments today.
Helping to prep and nurture the STEM trailblazers of tomorrow isn’t a new concept for Georgia Tech. In 2018, Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) alone proudly served over 11,000 women in programs specifically designed to prepare career-driven professionals for advancements in STEM careers.
In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we're celebrating 14 of these influential women in STEM. While they have various backgrounds, they have forged their own historic pathways to success, and serve as an inspiration to future generations.
Tania Allen saw a chance to reinvent herself and plot a unique career path as an entrepreneur. Today, she runs an IT services company, focusing on serving the Latin American community, founded soon after completing the Georgia Tech Cybersecurity Certificate program.Learn more
After spending a decade working in information systems, Nicole de Vries began using analytics more frequently in her job and decided it was time to go all-in. As the first graduate of the Online Master of Science in Analytics program, she plans to leverage her degree to impact the world around her and enter the next phase of her career.Learn more
Barbara Fox was initially interested in the tech field at an early age. While pursuing electrical engineering, she soon realized that her interest lay in software and switched her focus to computer systems. Her rich background in instructional design and information security has been influential in the development of cybersecurity course material for GTPE.Learn more
After initially pursuing a biology degree to become a medical doctor, Myrtle Turner Harris discovered other biology-related careers and changed course to a career in occupational safety and health. She was instrumental in developing Georgia Tech’s OSHA certificate program as well as the Professional Master’s in Occupational Safety and Health.Learn more
A summer camp in engineering for girls sparked Margaret Loper’s love for electrical engineering and set her on her future path to pursue modeling and simulation. With three decades of experience, she created Georgia Tech’s Modeling & Simulation Certificate program and continues to instruct simulation courses for both academic and professional education.Learn more
Seasoned sales manager, Sandy Seay, stepped out of her comfort zone when she signed up for Georgia Tech’s Coding Boot Camp. The program gave her the know-how to build her own website for a nonprofit, a goal she had been working toward for more than five years.Learn more
Sheela Shaw Salunke had a computer science background, but a desire to build and expand her systems engineering knowledge. She used Georgia Tech's Master's in Applied Systems Engineering program to give her the hands-on skills to advance her into a senior principal analyst role within her current company.Learn more
As the first female academic director of the Professional Master’s in Manufacturing Leadership program, Krista Walton is working to expand the program’s industrial connections to create the next engineering leaders in advanced manufacturing while fostering new and enduring relationships.Learn more
A passion for science, problem solving, and safety led Hilarie Warren into the public health sector. While the field requires technical and academic rigor, she finds a deep love for the human aspect of the work and shared passion to help people do better, live better, and take care of each other.Learn more