Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Global Chair of IEEE Women-in-Engineering
Bozenna received M.S. degree in mathematics from University of Warsaw, and Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from Warsaw School of Economics, Poland.
She is Professor of Mathematics; Courtesy Professor of EECS & AE; Investigator at ITTC; Affiliate Faculty at Center of Computational Biology, and Chancellors Club Teaching Professor at University of Kansas (KU). She is a strong advocate for STEM education and for women in STEM.
She is the Global IEEE WIE Chair, founder of IEEE CSS Women in Control, founder & faculty advisor of Student Chapters of AWM and SIAM, founder & coordinator of KU & IEEE CSS Outreach Programs. She has served in many capacities in several societies. Her current service includes Chair of IEEE WIE, member of IEEE CSS & SSIT Board of Governors, Deputy Chair of CSS TC on Control Education, Chair of AACC Education Committee, member of IFAC TB, and Award Committees of AWM & MAA. Her research interests are primarily in stochastic adaptive control and its applications to science and engineering, and in STEM education.
She is recipient of many awards that include IREX Fellow, NSF Career Advancement Award, Louise Hay Award, Polish Ministry of Higher Education Award, H.O.P.E., Kemper Fellow, IEEE EAB Meritorious Achievement, Service to Kansas & IFAC Outstanding Service Awards. She is a Fellow of IEEE & Fellow of IFAC, recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal & IEEE CSS Distinguished Member Award. She is inducted to the KU Women’s Hall of Fame.
More information can be found at: http://www.math.ku.edu/ksacg/Bozenna.html
Professor Averil Macdonald OBE DSc D.Univ CPhys FInstP FRSA
Averil Macdonald is Emeritus Professor at the University of Reading and leads on diversity for SEPnet, the South East Physics Network comprising 9 physics departments.
Averil was awarded the international Bragg Medal and Prize (1999) by the Institute of Physics, London, the accolade of Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Science (2007) in recognition of her work in Science Communication, the prestigious Plastics Industry Award for Personal Contribution to the Industry (2007), Honorary Doctorates by the University of York (2010) and Kingston University (2015) and an OBE in the Birthday Honours list 2015 for services to women in science.
Averil is a member of the Women’s Business Council, advising the UK Government on how to encourage girls into science and in advancing women’s careers in the STEM fields and is a Director of the Cheltenham Festivals. Averil was previously on the board of Directors of WISE, (the Campaign for Women in Science and Engineering), and Chair of the Board of UKOOG, the trade association for UK Onshore Oil and Gas industry and has served as a Trustee of the Science Museum Group, sat on the STFC Advisory Panel for Public Engagement and sat on the Court of Imperial College.
At European level Averil has chaired Forum for Physics in Society in the European Physical Society and sat on the EU Helsinki Group for Gender in Research and Innovation advising the EU Commission on gender issues.
Averil is recognised for developing People Like Me – the revolutionary new approach to engaging girls with science and engineering. She has advised numerous universities and businesses on diversity and inclusion including NetworkRail and B&Q and has provided Unconscious Bias Training in education and business including BAESystems, Airbus and NetworkRail.
So you’re aiming for success? But what are the unwritten rules that could make all the difference to whether you break through the glass ceiling, sit on the board or run your own group or whether you remain, hard working and diligent, but never quite making that breakthrough? After many years learning the hard way I’ll tell you what I wish someone had told me 30+ years ago.
Victoria Sargeant, Head of Commodity Management, Siemens
Victoria is an Ex Naval Aircraft Engineer who has spent the last 11 years as a Procurement professional. Victorias’ authentic brand is to be an efficient and courageous leader who stands for achievement, to have a visionary leadership style and want to be known for creating and building successful teams.
Victoria will tell a story about how her career has developed from working in the military to heading up a large Procurement team in a leading Blue chip organisation. Victoria will talk about the barriers of being a female in a male environment and about Women@Mobility, a womens network which Victoria is a founding member of aspiring to be a force for change.
Alicia Andrews, Concession Transformation Director at Arriva Rail London
Alicia has more than 25 years’ experience of working with engineers in a career which has covered publishing, digital services and the maritime sectors. Between 2009 and 2018, she was Executive Director Commercial at Condor Ferries responsible for the passenger division. During her time at Condor she led launch of new ships, the digitalisation of ticket sales and marketing activities developing leading edge online advertising campaigns with outstanding ROI. Earlier in her career, Alicia spent eight years working at Yell Group as part of the senior management team for Yell.com. During this time,she was accountable for the Yell.com site including the development of a natural language search engine, leading edge mobile services and the user experience. In July 2018, Alicia became Concession Transformation Director for Arriva Rail London
Alicia has more than 20 years’ experience in digital media, and in 1995 was a founder member of the team which created the FT.com. She is graduate in History from the University of London.
A career with Engineers – making it work. What’s it like to work with skilled engineers when you have an Arts degree and a commercial role? How do you make it work when your backgrounds a viewpoints are so different? An insight drawn from 25 years working with engineers in different sectors and from varied disciplines delivering everything from search engine software to services onboard ships.
Sarah Burnett, Vice President at Everest Group; Chair of BCSWomen
Sarah Burnett, a well-known technology industry analyst and market influencer, is a Vice President at Everest Group, where she leads the company’s Service Optimisation Technologies (SOT) research program globally. As part of this, she researches and advises clients on automation technologies, such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and global service provider’s capabilities in this field. Based in London, she also serves European clients across Everest Group’s Europe-focused global services research.
Sarah is also the chair of BCSWomen, the women’s group of the British Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), and founder of AI Accelerator , a programme of free AI events, seminars and webcasts by experts, to inform and educate participants.
Sarah is one of Computer Weekly’s 50 most influential women in UK IT (2016 and 2017) and Digital Leaders’ Champion for the UK South East 2017.
As well as contributing to media, Sarah often speaks at clients’ and industry events and webinars. She is active in social media with frequent blogs and Twitter posts (@SarahBurnett).
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence-based technologies are being applied to automate business processes and the pace of adoption is increasing fast. This is changing the way that businesses run their operations, disrupting service delivery models, team structures and the office environments.
In this talk, Sarah Burnett, lead automation analyst at Everest Group and chair of BCSWomen, distills findings from her industry-leading research into a crisp presentation about RPA and AI technologies and how they are used to automate business processes.
The talk will highlight:
- The capabilities of the two different types of technologies and how they differ in what they can offer
- Evolution of RPA technology and its development into enterprise-grade software
- How AI technologies are helping extend the scope of RPA, making it easier to apply, use and maintain
- How the two combine to help enterprises automate more business processes
- What the office of the future will look like with a mixed workforce of people, AI and robots
- What the future holds in terms of technology and market development for real life applications of business process automation
Who should attend:
- Academics who would like more insights into applications of these technologies in industry
- Enterprise executives responsible for optimizing operations and outsourcing and vendor management strategies
- Software developers and other professionals who are starting out on RPA and AI implementation and operations.
Lucy Ralph, DSTL
Lucy was born in London and received a MSci from Nottingham University in 1998. Since then she has worked for the Ministry of Defence in DERA and DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratories) in a number of S&T roles covering military imaging systems, counter terrorism, IED detection, ISTAR (Imaging, Surveillance and Target Recognition) and sensing technologies. In her current role as a senior scientist within Dstl she technically leads a project searching for novel sensing for military applications. Lucy is a Chartered Physicist.
How do we go about trying to find a sensor that might make a difference to defence sensing? We have used cameras for over 100 years to take visible images, during World War Two advances in radar technology took our sensing to new levels. Over the following decades we have built upon these underpinning technologies, but how do we begin to find a new type of sensor that will change our sensing capabilities? This talk will describe our approaches to this question.
Sylvia Lu, Senior Engineer at u-blox, UK; Board Director at Cambridge Wireless (CW); Board Advisor at UK5G
Sylvia is an award winning Engineer with over 10 years of industry experience in wireless communications R&D, cellular modem developments, standards, technology strategy and innovation. Currently employed by u-blox (SWX:UBXN), a Swiss company that creates wireless & positioning semiconductors and modules for the industrial, automotive and consumer markets, Sylvia has been critically instrumental in the evolution of cellular connectivity standards for the Internet of Things – a technology which has now been deployed globally over billions. Since 2013, Sylvia’s interests and work have been focused on the latest technology developments that enable smart “things” to be better connected, include 5G, NB-IoT, Cat-M, connected cars, V2X and the alike.
Sylvia is also a Board Director of CW, advises initiatives include Tech-for-Good impact innovation to tackle global social challenges which are close to her heart. Sylvia also serves on the UK5G Advisory Board, supports the development of the UK as a global leader in the development and adoption of 5G, as well as provides impartial, industry-focused, independent advice to DCMS on its future plans for 5G development.
Sylvia is DevelopHer Tech Star 2017 Winner, an annual award recognising woman who works in the technology sector to help with promoting gender diversity in tech. Most recently Sylvia was nominated as Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2018 finalist in the Science and Technology Category, an award to recognise and celebrate the phenomenal Asian women across the UK and across industries, who are making a valuable and important contribution to British life. Sylvia holds a First class degree in Electronic Engineering from Birmingham City University and an MSc. in Communications and Signal Processing from the University of Bristol.
Sally Eaves, Co-Founder Beowulf Proof Works
Sally is the Director of Research & Innovation Development for Beowulf Proof Works. Sally brings a depth of experience as a Chief Technology Officer and Professor in Emergent Technologies, specialising in Blockchain, AI and technological convergence for both business and societal benefit. She is a respected international keynote speaker, author, advisor and researcher in technology driven innovation. Sally is consistently ranked in the top 10 for technology and social media thought leadership worldwide. She is a multiple award winner in the Tech and Social Good arena and has recently been recognised by the United Nations and strives to optimise the power of technological for the collective good. Sally is driven by disruptive innovation.
Abstract: Sally’s bio speaks for itself, and, she will speak about tech for good.
Siddhi Trivedi, Co-Founder Beowulf Proof Works
With a background in Pharmacology and a Master’s in Business, Siddhi is the Director of Operations for Beowulf Proof Works. Siddhi is a Founder member of Cambridge Wireless and advisor for the London Government Blockchain Association. Siddhi has 30 years of healthcare and education innovation expertise gleaned within the NHS (National Health Service), Education, Consultancy and Pharmaceutical sectors. She has worked on projects and managed budgets of up to £32M in both public and private sectors. Siddhi is currently involved in AI and Blockchain project focusing on health and education outcomes. Her expertise lies in leadership, product development, marketing and effective project management, she builds successful partnerships and collaborations to ensure rapid market penetration of products and services. Siddhi is also Director and Curator of TEDxLeicester. Siddhi makes it happen!
Siddhi is an active participant of various local and global organisations because she believes networking is about cultivating relationships and collaborative partnerships. In her talk, Siddhi will share how to network and develop genuine partnerships that can provide a supportive platform for woman in technology .
Ursula Gibson, President-Elect of the Optical Society, OSA
Ursula J. Gibson received her A.B. in physics from Dartmouth College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Cornell University. She was on the faculty of the University of Arizona’s Optical Sciences Center for eight years before returning to Dartmouth in 1990. She has held visiting positions at the United States Air Force Academy, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Tampere University of Technology, Chalmers University, and the University of Queensland among others. In 2010 she moved to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and in 2017 she added an adjunct position at KTH in Stockholm, Sweden. She presently serves as the President-Elect of the Optical Society, OSA.
Optical materials have formed the center of my research career, with a diverse range of colleagues connecting me to areas including ZnO nanowire solar cells and the use of fullerenes and nanoparticles in cancer therapy. Recent research and collaborators focus on the properties and processing of semiconductor-core glass fibers.
Pearl John, Public Engagement Leader, University of Southampton
Pearl is a fine-art holographer and Public Engagement Leader for the University of Southampton’s Physics and Astronomy department. Pearl obtained a combined honours degree in Fine Art and English Literature from the University of Exeter in 1990, and a Master’s Degree in Holography from the Royal College of Art (RCA), London in 1992. After graduating Pearl worked firstly as the RCA Student Union President, then in the holography Industry creating huge holograms for corporate clients, and lastly taught Photography and Holography to UG students at Croydon Art College before undertaking a ‘Training for Artists-in-Schools’ diploma course at the UCL Institute of Education, London. She has exhibited artwork worldwide and delivered holography workshops in galleries, museums, schools and colleges across the country. She leads her department’s popular Light Express roadshow and is completing a part-time PhD in Holography and Lenticular imaging at De Montfort University.
Pearl will discuss engaging the public with the research of the Department of Physics and Astronomy using creative methods and approaches. This work includes; training for postgrads and post docs and guidance for academics in planning, delivery and evaluation of enjoyable, impactful, public engagement activities.
Mitra Najafi, Founder and CEO of Pplus Skin Care
After years of investing a huge amount of time and money on several post graduate qualifications while working in clinic and single-handedly raising twin boys, Mitra opened her last and the most successful clinic: Stardent Dental Laser Clinic in 2007, at the beginning of recession. Despite the economic turmoil she grew the business from a very small team of only 2 employees to a centre of excellence with a large team of leading specialists and highly skilled team of employees. Between 2007-2013, they received several National awards and nominations.
Back in 2014, Mitra walked away from her highly successful clinic to develop some medical products that she knew would make a huge difference to many people’s quality of life. Mitra spent 4 years on R&D and spent every penny that she had to get to where she is now. Currently the products are going through several tests to qualify for all the market approvals that they need to start commercializing them. This year they have been selected and awarded by both Innovate UK and recently by European Horizon 2020 that only support the brightest and boldest entrepreneurs with breakthrough ideas with the potential to create entirely new markets or revolutionise existing ones. She is extremely proud to have been chosen as one of the companies in Europe with ground-breaking innovative ideas, products and services that are ready to conquer global markets.
If I had one word to describe myself it would have to be determined!
A passionate entrepreneur with a vision to help humankind and change the world, fearless in pursuit of innovating and disrupting the marketplace, a go getter who pushes through obstacles and setbacks no matter what. A multi award winning cosmetic dentist, facial aesthetic expert, and inventor with a passion for learning new pioneering technologies. Hugely proud to have been called crazy, misfit, the rebel, the troublemaker, the round peg in the square hole. The one who sees things differently.I guess if I wasn’t as determined as I am , I wouldn’t have achieved half the things I have in my lifetime.
Having gone through a very long and challenging battle to raise investment here in the UK, being heavily criticised and at a couple of occasions even ridiculed for being a solo founder, for not being a university spin out, for not having any previous experience of running global businesses which led to investors rejecting me constantly, I’m now over the moon that my hard work, persistence and perseverance has started to pay off in ways that I could never even imagine! With EU deciding to invest in my business I now have investors from all over the world approaching me offering investment and support.
Faye Banks, National Grid
Faye has over 20 years experience in the UK Electricity Industry, starting her career as an Electrical Engineering Apprentice and rising through the ranks to become a Director of Electrical Generations and Networks at Costain. Faye became the IETs UK Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2004, won a Higher Education Gold Award for Services to Engineering 2005, named in the UKs Top 50 Female Engineer’s List 2016 and won The Open University’s Prestigious Alumni of the Year Award 2018. Faye has continually developed both personally and professionally throughout her career becoming the IETs Youngest Fellow 2015, achieving Chartered Engineer status, Fellow of the CMI and Chartered Manager status. Faye has completed MEng, MBA, MSc and is currently undertaking a PhD research programme. Faye is a key member on the IETs Finance and Risk and Audit and Investment committees, she is a STEM Ambassador and in her spare time she competes as an elite marathon runner and represents England at this distance.
Innovation is a key consideration for UK electricity network operators as we transition to a smarter, more economical, more flexible energy system that can support the decarbonisation of heat and transport. It is also a crucial element of the Great Britain regulatory framework for electricity networks, which includes funding and incentives that help us innovate for our customers’ benefit, as well as deliver value for the network in the long term. Since 2004, there has been more than 1,300 innovation projects. The drivers for innovation in electricity networks are aligned with the energy trilemma which balances energy security, affordability6 and sustainability as we transition to a low carbon energy system. Traditional network management solutions, such as network reinforcement, are no longer considered the only viable or most economical solution to network development. A rapidly changing electricity sector requires new and innovative strategies from all participants, including fundamentally different approaches to our business and the way we are serving customers, as well as a range of technical and commercial innovations.
A rapidly changing environment requires new innovative strategies from all participants, including fundamentally different approaches to business and to serving customers, and embracing a range of technical and commercial innovations to do so effectively. Key drivers for the changing energy system in this context include: shifting power generation sources, changes for customers in terms of choice and demand, policy drivers related to decarbonisation of heat and transport, a greater focus on sustainability, and regulatory trends to ensure a smart, flexible system with greater local system operation responsibilities for Distribution Network Operators (DNOs). These trends will give rise to the need for further innovation from us, the electricity network companies, and will simultaneously pose a number of challenges, which we have synthesised into five themes as shown below. Innovation Strategies have to be developed to set out a jointly-agreed approach as to how innovation can best accommodate the future requirements of the energy system in its entirety, and can lead to the effective delivery of benefits in a collaborative and cost-effective way.
Innovation themes and challenges:
- Uncertainty and choices for the electricity network companies
- The Smart, Flexible Energy System and the DSO transition
- Customer choice and changing energy demands
- Evolving policy landscape
- Shifting power-generating sources
- Network improvements and system operability
- Transition to a low carbon future
- New technologies and commercial evolution
- Customer and stakeholder focus
- Safety, health and environment
Innovation is a key element of the RIIO1 regulatory framework, which includes funding and incentives to enable innovation in order to deliver customer benefit and long term network value. Since 2004, the DNOs have embraced innovation, as evidenced by the more than 1,300 projects that have been delivered. Innovation will remain a central focus of the DNO future plans for the remainder of this price control period, as well as in the long term.The independent 2016 evaluation of the Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCNF2), which was commissioned by Ofgem, highlighted that the LCNF succeeded in encouraging us to innovate and served to move our level of innovation from a ‘low’ base to a ‘moderate’ level3. The potential future net benefit from LCNF projects is estimated to be between 4.5 and 6.5 times the funding costs.
Dr Jan Peters, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach
Dr Jan Peters MBE is a change agent, catalyst and consultant who has worked in higher education, engineering manufacturing and public policy in various roles at the DTI, NERC and National Oceanography Centre. Alongside her PhD in electronic materials at Southampton University Jan engaged in outreach and addressing the participation of women in science and engineering. National and international roles around diversity in science and engineering mean that she has influenced change for women and minority groups across the world. President of the Women’s Engineering Society from 2008 – 2011 she was made an MBE for services to women in engineering and science in the 2017 New Year Honours List. Jan is an energetic and engaging public speaker and a charismatic workshop leader as well as a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and has helped over 3000 people engage with their strengths. In 2018 she authored the UCL and Royal Academy of Engineering report on Designing inclusive engineering education.
Recent Gallup research shows that 71% of employees are disengaged from their work. But understanding and unlocking individual strengths drive 85% of all performance inside an organization.
This introductory session will give you insights into how you can develop your own sustainable strengths based, authentic leadership style. We will use an interactive discussion to give you some personal insights into your own uniqueness and ways to value what you do right rather than as we all too often do, focus on the things we struggle with. Based on positive psychology we will explore the foundations resiliency and adaptability for strengths based sustainable leadership. We will explore how we are unique, how to value others and what we bring and need to work and relationships.
Trudy Simmons, The Daisy Chain Group and Hampshire Womens’ Business Group
Trudy Simmons is a Clarity Coach with a truckload of empathy and a little bit of hard arse!
She is able to help you find out WHAT you want to do; WHY you want to do it; and HOW to get it DONE! She loves to show her audience of entrepreneurial and business women the way to becoming more successful by getting clarity, taking action and following through.
Trudy has 20 years of experience in helping people move from being stuck and not knowing the next step, to getting their shizzle DONE! She does this by finding and harnessing your strengths and removing your weaknesses. She knows what keeps you up at night – the thousand ideas that are germinating in your brain – and she knows how to sort them into “no go”, “maybe later”, and “hells yes” and get done what is really important to your success.
At this workshop find out how to incorporate your personality and strengths into your leadership style. Whilst each person has their own unique way of leading – this needs to be a strength that you build confidence in and from their, learn to build, sustain, or change the culture of your working environment. Whether you are working for yourself or working for a company. You are still the leader of YOU.
We will cover:
1. What your personality strengths are.
2. What your leadership style is.
3. How to be an influencer; and
4. Why it is important to create the working environment that you want.
When you leave, you will feel confident and motivated to show your qualities as your strengths and to feel empowered in moving forward towards your success.
Dr Dominic Galliano, SEPnet Director of Outreach
Dominic is the director of outreach and public engagement for the South East Physics Network (SEPnet), a partnership of nine university physics departments. As Director he oversees the project looking at tackling gender stereotyping in schools, Shattering Stereotypes. He has worked across industry, academia and the Physics in Society team at the Institute of Physics (IOP). While at the IOP he managed projects which worked alongside underserved publics such as the national Physics in the Field programme, Cheers Physics, and the IOP’s Public Engagement Grant Scheme. During his time with SEPnet he has shifted the focus of their Schools’ Outreach programme towards partnerships with fewer schools, encouraging sustained interventions across the academic year. Dominic is also a champion for diversity in STEM, helping the IOP’s diversity team form a strategy for supporting LGBT+ physicists across the UK & Ireland.
Dr Katrina Morgan, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Novel Glass and Fibre Group, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton.
Katrina is an advocate for gender equality. She is Chair of the university-wide Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WiSET) group, and is on the equality, diversity and inclusion committee in her department. In recent years, she has presented her research in the Houses of Parliament, represented her department at Buckingham Palace, represented The Royal Society at The Voice of the Future in Parliament and was selected for The Royal Society Pairing Scheme in Westminster.
Katrina will take you on the journey of her academic career to date, from physics undergraduate to her current role as a research fellow. Passionate about gender equality, Katrina’s journey includes challenges she faced as a woman in science while highlighting practical steps that academia can take to achieve equality. Katrina will also discuss the difficulties that PhD and early career researchers face today and will share how she herself has overcome some of these issues.
Joy Richardson, Human Factors Engineering, University of Southampton
Joy has a background in Archaeology and Art History, specialising in non-binary gender and the representation of the past. She worked in the field of learning centres (libraries and IT) before moving into teaching at secondary school level. She spent several years working for the NHS in health research before moving to her current position at in the Human Factors Engineering research group at The University of Southampton. Here she works assisting in research into the future of autonomous vehicles and road safety.
She still has a strong interest in gender, sexuality and representation and has twice been selected as a presenter at the annual Lyst conference on Love, Sex and Romance in Games held in Scandinavia. Recently Joy has started working towards her PhD looking at Distributed Situation Awareness in sport.
Dr Nic Bonne, Project Lead, The Tactile Universe
Nic is a blind, Australian astrophysicist and outreach officer based at the University of Portsmouth whose research area is galaxy evolution. Nic is also project lead for The Tactile Universe – a public engagement project to make current astrophysics research accessible to people with vision impairments.
Dr. Coleman Krawczyk, Technical Lead, The Tactile Universe
Coleman is an American astrophysicist and data scientist at the University of Portsmouth who works on data aggregation for various citizen science projects. Coleman is also the technical lead for The Tactile Universe – a public engagement project to make current astrophysics research accessible to people with vision impairments.
Astronomy is perceived to be one of the most visual sciences, which means that people with vision impairments can easily feel excluded from engaging with the subject. The Tactile Universe is an on-going public engagement project from the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation that is creating accessible activities and resources that will enable members of the vision impaired community to engage with current research topics within astrophysics and cosmology. The current focus of the project is on creating 3D printed tactile versions of single filter images of galaxies (eg., red visible light, blue visible light, etc). These can then be used to explain a variety of concepts related to galaxy research, such as galaxy shape and galaxy stellar populations.
In our presentation, using a custom plug in for 3D modelling software Blender, we will demonstrate the production process for our 3D models and describe how we have used the final 3D printed tactile images in different classroom and public settings to date. Throughout the talk, audience members will also have a chance to get hands-on with these models. We will briefly share the lessons that we have learnt through the project so far, and outline our plans for expanding the project nationally over the next year.