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‘Planting Seeds in STEM’ Program Scheduled for Friday

'Planting Seeds in STEM' panelists

An exciting event designed to inspire middle and high school females and to engage the special women who encourage and support them will be held Friday, May 3 in West Hartford. 

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Three female STEM experts will hold a panel discussion “Planting Seeds in STEM” on Friday, May 3, from 7-8 p.m., in the Town Hall Legislative Chamber (Room 314), 50 South Main St., West Hartford.

A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

The event is free, but registration is required at wistempanel.eventbrite.com

Panelists include:

Liisa T. Kuhn, PhDis an associate professor and associate department head of the University of Connecticut Health Center Biomedical Engineering Department. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and her MS and PhD in Materials Engineering from University of California of Santa Barbara. She co-owned a biomedical start-up company in Boston, MA and worked for an orthopedics company that sold bone graft materials before joining the University of Connecticut Health Center faculty. She teaches classes in biomaterials at the UCONN Storrs campus, but spends most of her time conducting cutting edge research on orthopedic biomaterials and drug delivery systems to improve bone repair outcomes in the elderly.

Christina Tillbrook is a Senior UX Consultant at Tallan, a software consulting company in the Hartford area. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Paier College of Art and her MS in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University. Christina focuses on User Experience design and development for complex enterprise web applications. Prior to Tallan, Christina has been a contributor for website design and for the past 18 years, working for major corporations such as AT&T, Travelers Insurance, LifeCare, and ShelterLogic. Significant projects that she has worked on include designing the first user interface for AT&T’s Online Billing and Payments system, and an enterprise wide eCommerce platform forShelterLogic which helped company sales rise from $100,000 a year to over 1 million. Her development lifecycle includes creating user interface layouts and wireframes with Microsoft Visio or Balsamiq, Hi Fidelity full-color designs using Adobe PhotoShop or Sketch, HTML and CSS development, and client side JavaScript functionality using Microsoft Visual Studio.

Emily Kyleis a co-leader of WiSTEM, a club which aims to inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEM fields. She is a junior at Conard High School who hopes to major in Computer Science or Mathematics in college. Emily first became interested in the STEM path when she was placed into the QuEST program in fourth grade at Braeburn Elementary School. She has continued this interest at Conard High School by taking various STEM classes, including AP Computer Science A, during which she developed a love for coding. Emily participated in the UConn Exploring Engineering program in Computer Science, during which she was introduced to the coding language Python, which she continued to learn independently after the program ended.

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