Paving the way

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Written by Greg Breining CSE women alumnae inspire future generations of women in science and engineering After Jane Lansing (CivE ’76) entered the engineering world, she felt the sting of slights familiar to many women in male-dominated fields. Customers wouldn’t address her directly but instead talked to her male colleagues. Clients asked her to get the coffee for meetings. When she […]

Amy Abouelenein: Serving the world by making food people love

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Written by Greg Breining If Amy Abouelenein’s experience is any indication, women excel in engineering fields when they work for institutions that value having women in their workforce and place them in key positions. At General Mills, “there are a lot of benefits that are not specific to women, but I think in terms of creating an […]

Nancy Daubenberger: Building bridges

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Written by Greg Breining Since she was good at math and enjoyed building things, Nancy Daubenberger (CivE M.S. ’97) thought becoming an architect would be a good fit. Soon she discovered architecture had a big aesthetic component, and she enjoyed the nuts and bolts better. So she switched to civil engineering. “That […]

Michele Brekke: Aiming higher

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Written by Greg Breining Michele Brekke (Aero ’75, M.S. ’77) was just 16 years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969. She had been mildly interested in space previously, “but not with the passion that I watched the first moon landing. As I watched the astronauts bounding on the […]

Jeannette Brown: Compounding chemicals

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Written by Greg Breining Jeannette Brown (Chem M.S. ’58) confounded two stereotypes of scientists—not only was she a woman but, she was also an African-American woman. Graduating from the University of Minnesota with a master’s in chemistry in 1958, Brown attended in an era when few women or African-Americans entered science. In […]

Jane Lansing: Passionate marketer

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Written by Greg Breining Jane Lansing (CivE ’76) had nearly completed her degree in civil engineering, with plans to build dams and bridges for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, when she took “the obligatory freshman programming class that I put off for years,” she said. “Then I fell in love—with programming, […]

Phelix Oluoch: Keeping ahead of attackers

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Written by Richard Broderick Phelix Oluoch (MSST ’15) is a Senior Information Assurance Engineer for Lockheed Martin’s industrial division. He works on cyber security for Chevron Oil and Gas, which contracts for his services. In the future, he expects to be working under the same arrangement, but for NASA, perhaps, or Boeing. At […]

Dan McKeown and Lawrence Wells: Building a cyber security unit

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Written by Richard Broderick Dan McKeown (MSST ’14) and Lawrence Wells (MSST ’15) were hired as contract employees by Optum, the technical and networking arm of health industry giant UnitedHealth Group (UHG), in the fourth quarter of 2014. In the beginning of 2015, they became permanent employees. Optum was about to create […]

Milinda Rambel Stone: Growing security needs

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Written by Richard Broderick With more than 20 years of experience in creating and managing large-scale information security programs in manufacturing, healthcare, education, and financial services, today Milinda Rambel Stone (MSSE ’99) puts that expertise to work as Director of Global Security for SPS Commerce, Inc. The company’s retail network provides software […]

It’s a Cyber Secure world after all

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Written by Richard Broderick It is a truism – if not an outright cliché—the world is becoming ever more connected. No longer is it only possible to pick up a phone and instantly reach someone living on the other side of the world. Now we can post a video on YouTube or […]