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Women in Engineering Panel Discussion

Sponsored by Society of Women Engineers

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Join the Society of Women Engineers in a panel discussion featuring alumni, faculty and colleagues on careers in engineering on Thursday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Reading Room in the Claire T. Carney Library. Register here.

The panel will be moderated by Vidhyashree Nagaraju, Ph.D. Candidate and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) President. 

Panelists:

Dr. Arghavan Louhghalam

Dr. Louhghalam joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor in 2016. Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, she was a postdoctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub. She holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. in Earthquake Engineering from University of Tehran, and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran. Dr. Louhghalam’s research interests are mainly focused on interconnected areas of solid mechanics, material modeling and applied statistics with applications to the development of sustainable and resilient civil infrastructure.

Celeste Dufresne '90, '97

Dufresne has worked as a Principal Software Solutions Engineer at Pegasystems in Cambridge in their global customer support division for the past 6 years. She grew up in New Bedford the 4th of 7 children of Paul and Eileen Dufresne and has lived in Lakeville for the past 19 years. She received her B.S. degree in Computer Engineering in 1990 and her M.S. degree in Computer Science in 1997 from UMass Dartmouth. She was awarded the Computer Engineering Academic Excellence Award in 1990. While working on her master’s degree she was a visiting lecturer for several undergraduate computer classes and has been a member of the Computer Science Industry Advisory Committee at UMD for the past 18 years. Upon graduation she worked in software development for Raytheon for 13 years on several projects in their Bedford, MA, and Portsmouth, RI, locations. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling the world, scrapbooking, spending time with family and friends, trivia, personal finances and working toward transitioning to 100% renewable energy.


Colonel Virginia I. Doonan

Commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, Otis Air National Guard Base, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Colonel Virginia I. Doonan is the Commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, Otis Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. She leads more than 1,300 military and civilian personnel who ensure the wing’s ability to respond to peacetime contingencies while maintaining preparedness to accomplish its wartime missions of intelligence, cyber intelligence, cyber engineering and installation, along with trained and experienced expeditionary combat support and homeland medical and security forces. She is formerly crew qualified as a Mission Operations Commander (MOC) for the RQ-1/MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper. She is a member of the Joint Oversight Group for Joint Base Cape Cod. She oversees strategic management and day-to-day base operating support of JBCC working with commands from the Army National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Air Force’s 6th Space Warning Squadron in developing a unified plan and identifying opportunities for development of future business plans with the community, renewable energy opportunities and military efficiencies among the  tenant organizations. Colonel Doonan has served in Operations Northern Watch, Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. She is a graduate of the National Defense University for Joint Military Education and the Air War College. She has a Masters of Education from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Meghann Noonan '13

Project Engineer on the Star Wars brand, Hasbro Industries, Inc.

Meghann Noonan is a 2013 graduate from UMassD, where she received her Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. While at UMassD she was President of SWE, as well as a member of ASME. Right after graduation she started working for Hasbro - a global company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. She worked on KRE-O, Hasbro’s construction brand, for almost 3 years. In 2016 she lived in Hong Kong on a work assignment for 4 months. While there she was able to see manufacturing, tool making, and back end development first hand. She currently is a Project Engineer on the Star Wars brand, working on 3.75” action figures and vehicles, as well as 6” Black Series action figures. Working on product for children and fans gives her a unique perspective on toy development. Her main responsibilities include on time, on cost product execution of over 100 projects. She is the main contact between partners in the Far East and Hasbro’s Global Headquarters in Pawtucket, RI. Outside of work Meghann enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her adorable puppy!

Roochi Chopra '04, MS '06

Independent Consultant

Chopra is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth (BSEE, 04, MSEE, 06). She was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow for 2004-2006. Her Master’s thesis work focused on using Genetic Algorithms to optimize Antenna Design. Roochi worked for Raytheon from 2006-2015 in various capacities: Systems Engineer for the Navy destroyer, Zumwalt, and underwater mine hunting vehicles at Portsmouth, RI, and as a Supplier Project Engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ working on Joint Stand-off Weapon. Roochi is currently exploring other professional options including independent consulting and MBA. Roochi has also learned yoga and has taught week-long yoga to high school youth at an annual Hindu family camp.

Rosa Castro-Krawiec

Principal, McMillen Jacobs Associates

Castro-Krawiec has over 30 years of experience in structural engineering, engineering services during construction, and project management. Her work has encompassed the design and construction of aboveground and underground structures for transportation, environmental, civil, industrial, institutional, and high technology facilities, throughout the United States and internationally. She has contributed to such premier projects Central Artery/Tunnel Project and Deer Island Treatment Plant in Boston, the USAID Canal Cities Project in Egypt, the Spallation Neutron Source Project for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, the Port of Miami Tunnel Project, Florida and the DC Clean Rivers Project.


Megan Merlo '16

Bio coming soon.

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