Society of Women Engineers - Region E Conference

Technical Track Workshops

The Future of Engineering: The Digital Tapestry

The future is closer than we think and is ever evolving. To get there we need to change the way we think about how we do engineering. This means seamlessly connecting all phases of a product’s life cycle from conceptualization to design, verification, manufacturing and sustainment through the Digital Tapestry. In this lecture we will highlight three main elements of the Digital Tapestry: Model Based Engineering, Agile and Automation. We’ll explore the adaption to existing process and tools as applied in the Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission System business.

Mary Driver is a systems engineering manager for the Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems Business, located in Owego, NY. She has spent 13 years in various engineering roles and is currently manager of the Systems and Cyber Requirements Engineering group. Mary has been a member of SWE for over 5 years and is passionate about creating a positive work environment for our future women engineers.

Mary Beth Biddle is a Mechanical Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.  She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MS in the same discipline from Villanova University.  In addition, Mary Beth is involved in SWE at all levels, including FY17 Philadelphia SWE President, Scholarship Coordinator, and Region E Nominating Committee Chair.

Ultra-low TRC Limit leads to PAA Disinfection Pilot at NY WWTP

This presentation covers changing disinfection technologies for wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) in the Northeast. WWTPs are regulated and required to disinfect wastewater before discharge into our lakes and rivers to protect public health from pathogenic bacteria. This has been achieved with great success using chlorine for disinfection for over a century in this country. There are problems, however, with chlorine disinfection such as the formation of disinfection-by-products (DBPs) which are a health concern. To curb DBP formation, regulators are setting strict limits on total residual chlorine, TRC, leaving WWTPs. This is an important shift in disinfection and an exciting time for alternative disinfection technologies like UV radiation and peracetic acid (PAA) which can protect public health without forming DBPs. This presentation's objectives are to outline the major disinfection alternatives for WWTPs facing reduced TRC limits, introduce PAA as an emerging alternative disinfectant and cover the challenges of piloting PAA technology.

Elizabeth Maio is a Water/Wastewater Engineer with O’Brien & Gere (OBG). She works out of OBGs Syracuse NY office. She has over three years of experience designing municipal water and wastewater infrastructure projects and upgrades. Job responsibilities include design calculations, report preparation, construction submittal review, document management. She has a BS in Environmental Engineering from SUNY-ESF.

Making Cybersecurity Fabulous

It’s 2016 and still, only 25% of women hold computing occupations.  This is even more dismal in the cybersecurity field, where women comprise only 10% of the workforce and women of color hold even fewer cybersecurity roles.  Why does this continue to be the trend given all the benefits to be reaped in this emerging field?  This panel will highlight the value of pursuing a career in cybersecurity and will go into the speakers’ own experience working in this field for over 10 years.

Virginia Mayo is a Senior Technical Staff Member and Senior Certified IT Specialist at IBM and The Open Group Distinguished IT Specialist.  She holds a Masters in Engineering Management degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and has over 10 years’ experience in the IT field in the area of server provisioning, software distribution, and security patch management.  Currently, she is the Chief Engineer of the GTS Security Patch Management Program.

Shiu-Kai Chin is a Professor at Syracuse University. He has devised, with Prof. Susan Older, Certified Security by Design (CSBD) to apply formal logic and tools to design and verify trustworthy systems. Together, they wrote the textbook Access Control, Security, and Trust: A Logical Approach, CRC Press, 2010. JP Morgan Chase used CSBD to verify the logic of its SWIFT protocols for commercial transactions. The Air Force Research Laboratory uses CSBD to assure missions in cyberspace. Shiu-Kai was a research scientist in the Defensive Information Warfare Branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He is an instructor in the AFRL Advanced Course in Engineering (ACE) Cybersecurity Boot Camp. He has taught the full span of ACE since its inception in 2003. Prior to joining Syracuse University, Shiu-Kai was a senior engineer and program manager at General Electric. He is a graduate of the 3.5 year GE ACE. His GE products include a nuclear fuel-rod monitor, a memory manager for a heart imaging system, and a custom radiation-hard processor and transceiver for controlling radars.

Predictive Analytics in the Age of Big Data

What defines “Big Data” and what are the advantages and drawbacks for analytics practitioners and managers? What tools and technologies are used to store, access, learn from, and act on this data? And how do these differ from traditional approaches? What role do Cloud and Open Source platforms play in this transformation?  What skills are required by those practicing in this rapidly-evolving field, and what are the roles of the data scientist, software developer, and data engineer in capitalizing on the vast amounts of data now available in both public and private domains?  This presentation will explore the current landscape, issues, and opportunities for building enterprise-grade solutions using big data.

Dr. Cheryl Howard is a Senior Data Scientist at IBM.  She works directly with customers to build cognitive solutions to a broad array of business challenges in the retail, insurance, telecom, and government.  Her recent work focuses on the integration of predictive analytic solutions in big data environments.  She holds Doctoral and Master’s degrees in Computer Science (Machine Learning) from the George Washington University, and an undergraduate degree from The University of Rochester.

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