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Celebrating Women in STEM

Empowering women in science, technology, engineering, and math

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we're celebrating some of Georgia Tech's remarkable women and their advice for future generations. While they have various backgrounds, they have forged their own historic pathways to success, and serve as an inspiration to future generations.

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 2019, Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) more than 36,000 career-driven professionals benefited from world-class STEM programs designed to deliver the knowledge and skills that professionals need for every stage of their career.

Developers. Data Scientists. Systems Engineers. Researchers.

These are just some of the words that can be used to describe the GTPE women shaking up the STEM industry. From building a community to being your own advocate, they shared their career highlights, advice, and stories.
Melonia Boatswain, occupational safety and health learner
Meloni Boatswain
Safety Professional

In the male-dominated world of construction, Meloni Boatswain is changing the views and opportunities for women.

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Roz Nero, Procurement and Supply Management Leadership Certificate recipient
Roz Nero
Procurement Specialist

Roz Nero reflects on her experience with GTPE and how it has helped shape her career thus far.

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Wanda Perry, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate recipient
Wanda Perry
Army Intelligence Officer

Wanda Perry used Georgia Tech's military transition program to become an exceptionally qualified candidate in the civilian workforce.

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Balancing Family and Degree

Pursuing a rigorous graduate degree while working and making time for family is no easy feat. Working professionals in Georgia Tech's online master's degrees share how they juggle family and work responsibilities while keeping up with the demands of taking an online degree.

Startup Cultivates Girls in Tech

Faced with gender disparities in the engineering workplace, Khanna Bell decided to make a change. After completing her Professional Master's in Applied Systems Engineering, she founded Pretty Tech to train students in marketable tech skills in engineering, tech, and entrepreneurship. To date, the startup has served more than 1,000 metro-Atlanta students and placed 15 students in tech hubs across the city.

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Tania Allen
IT Consultant

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.

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Nicole de Vries
Data Scientist

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.

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Barbara Fox
Research Scientist

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.

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Production Manager
Amanda Dannemiller
Production Manager

Find out how Georgia Tech's Professional Master's in Manufacturing Leadership led to Amanda Dannemiller's fast-track promotion to production manager.

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Genna Gold, Applied Systems Engineering graduate
Genna Gold

Genna Gold shares how Georgia Tech's Master's in Systems Engineering set her on a path to success.

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Data Analyst Chemist
Shun Griffin
Data Analyst Chemist

The first female Manufacturing Leadership certificate reflects on how to practically apply the concepts she learned to advance her career.

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Tech is better when women are involved. They think about different sets of users and ways of using technology. When women are not involved, any tech problem is only half solved because it lacks their perspective.

- Margaret Loper
Associate Director of the Institute for Information Security & Privacy
Margaret Loper - Women in STEM
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Myrtle Turner Harris
Research Scientist

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.

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Debbie Phillips

Debbie Phillips reflects on workplace safety, teaching in the occupational safety and health master's program, and blending work and life.

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Sandy Seay

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.

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Sheela Shaw Salunke
Systems Engineer

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.

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Krista Walton
Chemical Engineer

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.

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Hilarie Warren
Hilarie Warren
Industrial Hygienist

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.

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Continued Success for a Lifetime

GTPE is a lifelong learning community built on mutual inspiration and inclusivity for our women learners. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to receive the latest insights and resources to support your STEM career journey.