2015 WIE Conference Events

WIE Events at 2015 International Ultrasonics Symposium

On Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 12 to 13 pm, the IEEE UFFC hosted the WIE luncheon and networking event at the International Ultrasonics Symposium in Taipei Taiwan. The event was held in the Banquet Hall of the Taipei International Convention Center. IEEE UFFC President, Jian-yu Lu, the General IUS Chair, Pai-Chi Li and the IEEE UFFC WIE Liaison, Lori Bridal greeted the 87 people attending the event. Organizers were very pleased to introduce the invited speaker for the event, Katherine Ferrara, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis and Director of the Center for Content Rich Evaluation of Therapeutic Efficacy.

Katherine Ferrara is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the IEEE, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Acoustical Society of America and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Her career includes experience as a project engineer for General Electric Medical Systems, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia and founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis. The Ferrara Lab http://ferraralab.bme.ucdavis.edu/ at UC Davis is well known for its leading program in molecular imaging and drug delivery. Work presented by her group at the 2015 IUS and recently published1-3 includes methods for temperature measurement, MRI-based shear wave imaging and protocols combining ultrasound ablation with drug delivery to cure local cancers. Within a broad and interdisciplinary research program, Professor Ferrara maintains an important place for medical ultrasound and microbubble physics.

At the IUS WIE event, Professor Katherine Ferrara presented a highlight presentation drawing from her career experiences in industry and academics. Professor Ferrarra’s inspiring and witty presentation showed how a dynamic career is built. Describing the career as a book with many chapters she encouraged participants to work at the edge of their capacities, to stay positive and to be intellectually fearless. Wisdom was offered about how the choices we make from day to day shape our long term achievement capacity. This included pointers about dealing with stress, valuing mentors, and paying attention to impact. Each general concept was backed up with solid advice such as the need to set aside at least an hour a day for writing, tackling easier tasks when tired and doing the homework to obtain objective data. The presentation was followed by animated discussion and networking at topic-flagged luncheon tables. The event very successfully provided a forum to open new perspectives, exchange with peers and develop professional ties.

  1. Wong AW et al. Ultrasound ablation enhances drug accumulation and survival in mammary carcinoma models. J Clin Invest. 2015 Nov 23. pii: 83312. doi: 10.1172/JCI83312.
  2. Liu Y et al. Concurrent Visualization of Acoustic Radiation Force Displacement and Shear Wave Propagation with 7T MRI. PLoS One. 2015 Oct 6;10(10):e0139667.
  3. Foiret J, Ferrara KW. Spatial and Temporal Control of Hyperthermia Using Real Time Ultrasonic Thermal Strain Imaging with Motion Compensation, Phantom Study. PLoS One. 2015 Aug 5;10(8):e0134938.

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WIE Events at the 2015 Joint Conference of the IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium & European Frequency and Time Forum, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado
April 14, 2015

The WIE event for IFCS this year was a luncheon held in room 201 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The invited speaker for this event was Dr. Patricia Rankin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The event was very much a success, even though our numbers were somewhat smaller than expected due to some conflicts with other meetings, we did have about fifteen people in attendance. Most of the attendees were students which was very appropriate since Dr. Rankin is a professor with her PhD in Physics so she had some very good words of wisdom for them.

Dr. Rankin recently finished her work as PI of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award – The Leadership Education for Advancement and Promotion (LEAP) program which is now fully institutionalized. LEAP had a research component that established baselines for the status of women at the university and also funded studies probing how career decisions are made. As well as supporting the development of a series of well received workshops that are continuing, LEAP spurred research into issues such as demographic inertia and the types of networks most effective at promoting institutional change. She is now using this expertise nationally and internationally to promote faculty development and help further the advancement of women in science and engineering.

Dr. Rankin shared some very useful tools for women to use as they develop their careers in the fields of science and engineering. Some of these tools related to learning what our natural talents and personality traits are and using this information to help develop our career paths. She talked about specific situational and relational aspects of the workplace and laboratory environments, she gave specific insights into what “to do” and what “not to do” in handling workplace issues that come up. She also shared several resources for networking and mentoring programs that would apply especially to the students who are just beginning their careers.

The time with Dr. Rankin was very interactive, lots of questions from the audience and communication with each other at the different tables. Many stayed after the lunchtime was over, just to glean more insight from her and each other. It was a very enjoyable time and also quite useful to those who attended.

The 2016 WIE event which will be held in New Orleans in May is currently being organized, more information will available soon.

WIE Events at 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics

The WIE Panel Session was held on Monday 25 May-2015, 13:00 – 14:00 at the conference center. This year’s event addressed an important challenge that many women in engineering fields face: the “impostor syndrome”. The Imposter Syndrome is a term describing successful people that cannot internalize their accomplishments. It overwhelmingly affects successful women in science and technology fields, who feel like they don’t belong and that all their accomplishments are simply due to luck.

The session started by an introduction and background provided by the moderator, Prof. Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb (Georgia Tech) and continued with a discussion of the personal experiences of a panel of accomplished scientists: Prof. Susan Troller-McKinstry (Penn State, USA), Prof. Barbara Malic (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia) and Prof. Jacob Jones (NCSU, USA). The panelists discussed what makes/made them feel like an imposter and how they deal/dealt with it. The presentations were then followed by an open-floor discussion and exchange with the audience. The panel was attended by approximately 45 people, including both early stage researchers and well-established scientists and professionals.