WIST Hosts Science and Technology Workshop

Dakota State University Women in Science and Technology (WIST) organization is hosting a workshop entitled Exploring Science and Technology Careers in South Dakota, Tuesday, March 2. The workshop will run from 9:00am to 10:50am in the lower level of the Mundt Foundation on the DSU campus.

The workshop will consist of a question/answer session with female panelists, all of whom have chosen careers in science and technology fields. There will also be opportunities for hands-on science activities.

The panelists include Dr. Peggy Norris, Wendy Zawada, Rachel Poitra, Jennifer Benitz, and Melissa Bien.

Dr. Norris is the Deputy Director for Education and Outreach at Sanford Underground Laboratory in Lead. Prior to coming to Lead, she worked for many years at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California.

Zawada has experience in underground mining at Stillwater Mining Company in Montana. There she was responsible for underground mine design, mine ventilation, cost reporting and project management. She is now part of the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Lab (DUSEL) team in Lead.

Poitra is a structural engineer at Daktronics in Brookings where she has worked on projects for the University of Minnesota, the New York Yankees, the University of Texas, and San Diego State University.

Benitz recently finished her tenure as the Project Manager for USGS EROS Center and transitioned to Business Development which is focused on developing new market strategies and growth in earth observations, satellite systems, and climate change.

Bien is the Cull Culture Manager and Safety Manager for Hematech, Inc. in Sioux Falls. Hematech is a biotech company specializing in cutting edge human antibody therapeutics research.

The workshop is sponsored by Women in Science and Technology at DSU with the help of AAUW and NASA Space Consortium grants.


Last Updated: 1/12/12