January 23, 2007
Cathy Lasser, Vice President of Industry Solutions and Emerging Business, IBM Research, visited campus to speak to women ECE students, faculty, and staff at the Women in ECE (WinECE) Spring Welcome Dinner. According to her IBM web page, Cathy connects research with industries to focus innovation on the application of technology to real-world problems.
During her talk, "Innovation that Matters: Creating a Culture of Collaborative Innovation," Cathy discussed new opportunities for business and social innovation. Promoting global innovation and community idea generation, IBM holds worldwide employee "Jam" events, online brainstorming sessions to address current business issues and nurture the development of new businesses. Cathy also discussed the evolution of the role of research at IBM since the 1970's. In addition, she shared her experiences balancing work and personal life as an executive business woman with a technical background.
After the presentation, WinECE president Jennifer Petersen announced the organization's new mission statement and logo. Jennifer recognized Charisse Magsipok, Secretary of WinECE, for her efforts updating the logo. Carol Young, Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT) Career Consultant and Assistant Director of the Carnegie Mellon Career Center, invited everyone to a professional skills workshop featuring the Myers-Briggs personality assessment. Other opportunities to become involved include a computer building service project, organized by Veronica Yusz, WinECE Mentoring and Outreach Chair, and a spring garden party and the ECE Day committee, announced by Sarah Hsieh, WinECE Vice President.
The evening was planned by Susan Farrington, WinECE advisor and ECE Director of Alumni and Student Relations. WinECE welcome dinners are enjoyable occasions where female students may relax and talk with other women in the department over a nice dinner and listen to an accomplished woman in academe (fall) or industry (spring). WinECE is an organization dedicated to building a sense of community among the women in ECE at Carnegie Mellon. The group runs social and educational programs and provides a forum for sharing advice, experiences, and resources.
Cathy Lasser, Vice President of Industry Solutions and Emerging Business, IBM Research, visited campus to speak at the WinECE Spring Welcome Dinner.