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Women in Microwaves (WIM)

What is WIM? 

WIM stands for “Women in Microwaves” and is the subset of women in engineering working within the field of microwave engineering and typically active within the MTT society.

Women in Engineering (WIE) Mission:

The mission of IEEE WIE is to facilitate the global recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines.

Women In Microwaves Technical Track:  Women in Defense

Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Location: Hawai‘i Convention Center, 316C
Time: 13:30-15:10

Organizer: Carolynn Kitamura, IMS2017 WIM Event Chair

Session Chair: Dr. Kavita Goverdhanam
Session Co-Chair: Carolynn Kitamura

Abstract: To highlight the technical contributions of women in microwave engineering, a special session entitled "Women in Defense" will showcase the work of several top women engineers in the United States defense industry and academia. The application of microwave technology in defense is often concealed behind closed doors, but we hope to shed some light on the research being done by these exceptional women engineers.

Speakers (click photos to view bios): 


Dr. Kavita Goverdhanam, US Army CERDEC



Ms. Betsy DeLong, Office of Naval Research 



Dr. Stacy Beun, Naval Research Lab



Dr. Molly Crane, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln Laboratory



Dr. Zoya Popovic, University of Colorado Boulder



Women In Microwaves Panel Session:  Inspiring the Next Generation of Women Engineers

Thursday, 8 June 2017
Location: Hawai‘i Convention Center, 313C
Time: 15:30-17:00

Organizers: Carolynn Kitamura, Sasha Yamada, Andy Pham, IMS2017 WIM Committee
As way to reach out to the younger crowd in Hawai'i, for the first time ever, this panel will be open to audiences ranging from middle school girls to professional women. Find out what it takes to "make it" in this male-dominated occupation from some of the most successful women engineers in the microwave field. Each panelist will share their personal trials and tribulations (and perhaps their secrets to success) to encourage women of all ages to have a successful STEM career. All are welcome to swing by and be inspired!
Moderator (click photo to view bio):
Dr. Katherine Herrick, Raytheon
Favorite Inspirational Quote: "Don't be intimidated by what you don't know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else." – Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx
Panelists (click photos to view bios):
Dr. Wenquan Che, Nanjing University of Science and Technology
Favorite Inspirational Quote: "If you love life, life will love you back."
Ms. Sherry Hess, AWR Group, National Instruments
Favorite Inspirational Quote: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." – Eleanor Roosevelt
Dr. Lorene Samoska, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
Favorite Inspirational Quote: "What would you do if you weren't afraid to fail?"
Dr. Olga Boric-Lubecke, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Favorite Inspirational Quote: "Engineering is too important to be left to men."

Women in Microwaves Networking Reception

Thursday, 8 June 2017 (follows the WIM Panel Session)

Location: Hawai‘i Convention Center, Ala Halawai Concourse
Time: 17:00-18:30

Join us for this networking event to meet other women engineers and win raffle prizes! This is a great opportunity for attendees to connect with the WIM speakers and network with fellow women engineers in the RF and microwave industry. Don't miss this chance to unwind over some food and beverages while soaking in the Hawaiian sunset. Men, if you would like to attend, please don't forget to bring a female friend to this event!

We look forward to seeing you there!