2017 Thought Leaders
2018 Global Marathon Chair
Marvi Matos is the 2018 Global Marathon Chair. She is trained as a Chemical Engineer, with a BS from the University of Puerto Rico and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, and worked as postdoc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She served as Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and, later, as a Senior Research Scientist in Bioengineering at the University of Washington. She also worked as an independent consultant in the field of engineering innovations and intellectual property development prior to working in the aerospace industry. At the Boeing Company, Marvi started working as engineer and scientist, formulating materials for aerospace applications. She later served as lead engineer, manufacturing engineering manager, manager in an international special assignment and director of chemical technologies, metals and ceramics. Today, Marvi works as Product Group Lead for the Materials and Processes team at Blue Origin.
Marvi is a wife and a mother. In her free time she volunteers and blogs to inspire young women to pursue careers in STEM.
A global event focused on women in engineering & technology.
Senior Technical Project Manager
Lynn is a Senior Technical Project Manager at Motorola Solutions, Inc (MSI) and credits her father for steering her toward engineering. Lynnn graduated from the University of Akron, with a BS in Electrical Engineering and became a Systems Engineer at MSI. During her first 13 years at MSI, Lynn was lead engineer for multi-million dollar communications projects across the US. She then managed a team of engineers responsible for the design and implementation of mobile communication systems and a team across North America and Canada, supporting commercial market customers. Lynn is currently a Senior Technical Project Manager, responsible for implementing communications systems.
Lynn is a Women Unlimited alum and received the Crucial Connections Award. At MSI, she has been a Lean In Circle Lead and is current US Lead for its remote employees/MSI Chapter of SWE. Lynn lives in Houston and focuses on raising her daughter, being creative, and volunteering. Her brand statement is "I build relationships that foster collaboration."
Data communications & telecommunications equipment provider.
Practice Lead, Community Engagement
Julia Chehaiber is the Practice Lead, Community Engagement with Engineers Canada, the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license Canada’s engineers. Julia is responsible for building strong relationships between the Association and key stakeholders in the engineering community and leads Engineers Canada’s Women in Engineering portfolio efforts. Julia has a professional background in relationship management and business development, has served on the Financial Management Institute’s Professional Development Week Planning Committee, and was recently appointed to the Board of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades, and Technology. Fluent in three languages, Julia holds a bachelor of commerce degree in management and electronic business and an interdisciplinary master’s degree in electronic business technologies from the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management and the School of Engineering. She is pursuing Cornell’s CCDP/AP Certification to link diversity & inclusion strategies to increased organizational effectiveness and business performance.
Regulates the practice of engineering in Canada.
Jill Crone is a Professional Civil Engineer, with a passion for the environment and finding creative solutions to meet energy needs. She has six years of engineering and construction experience, supporting renewable, nuclear, and combined cycle power projects at Bechtel Corporation. She supported the world’s largest solar thermal power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Facility, through design, construction, and commissioning. Jill strongly supports STEM education and workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives. She coordinated Bechtel's ACE mentor program, manages Bechtel’s corporate partnership with the University of Maryland, and served on the global steering committee to launch the Women at Bechtel employee resource group. Jill is an active member of the Society of Women Engineers and has been featured in the 2012 Diversity in Careers magazine and 2016 Magazine for Professional Engineers for her support of stewardship programs.
Jill earned a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland and loves traveling, fishing, oil painting, and cheering on her Terps!
Global engineering, construction and project management.
Rochelle is a Member of the Professional Staff at the California Institute of Technology. Since 1984 she has been applications specialist and facility manager of Caltech's Flow Cytometry/Cell Sorting Facility, servicing biology, chemistry and chemical engineering, Applied Physics, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is also a researcher/lab manager for Caltech's developmental immunology group. Rochelle is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Chair of the board of directors of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, and member of the American Chemical Society and American Association for University Women. She serves as an advisor to the Caltech Center for Diversity LGBTQA Working Group.
Rochelle has been awarded Caltech's Dr. Fred Shair Award for Program Diversity, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's Lesbians and Bisexual Women Active in Community Empowerment Award and the Walt Westman Volunteer of the Year Award. She has been listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering and Who's Who of American Women.
Professional society that advocates for LGBTQ professionals
Vice President & Chief Public Safety Officer
Barbara Guthrie has been implementing solutions to deliver safe living and working environments for over 30 years. She serves as executive spokesperson for UL on safety-related initiatives and leads the team that began formulating an algorithm to quantify the state of safety for geo-locales around the globe. The UL Safety Index™ is a data science initiative that helps explore safety outcomes and make decisions for a more secure and safer world.
Ms. Guthrie received a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1984 and began her career testing and certifying products. She obtained her MBA, completed Yale’s Executive Leadership Program and facilitated reciprocity agreements contributing to global trade of certified products. She served as Executive Director European Operations, where she executed UL’s expansion in Europe. In 2000, Barbara combined her business and engineering skills to create, design, and implement a global youth-safety education program - Safety Smart® - in partnership with The Walt Disney Company. It has been adopted in over 24 countries and educated over 650 million kids and adults worldwide.
UL is a global independent safety science company.
IEEE Women in Engineering International Past Chair
Ramalatha Marimuthu has been teaching for nearly thirty years and is currently with Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore, India. She is known for guiding and mentoring the students in developing unique solutions for social problems, like special needs and women empowerment. She is a great orator and has delivered lectures on her research area "Assistive Technology" in universities and research organisations all over the world.
She chaired the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee in 2011 and 2012 and Region 10 WIE in 2008 – 2010. She has received many awards, a few of which include IEEE MGA Achievement Award, IEEE MGA Leadership Award, Lions Club Life Time Achiever Award, Tamilnadu Government’s Mentor Award and Change Agent Award by Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. She won the Systers Pass it on Award 2014 for connecting women passionate for second careers through a forum, "Returning Mothers." This year she won the Inspiring Member of the Year Award from IEEE Women in Engineering.
Association for electrical & electronics engineers
Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs
Ms. Melley, the 2016 Global Marathon Chair, is currently VP, Global Citizenship Initiatives in IBM Corporate Marketing, Communications & Citizenship, with global leadership responsibility over the IBM Impact Grants portfolio. Ms. Melley led the IBM Centennial Celebration of Service, with participation from over 300,000 volunteers in 120 countries. She leads the On-Demand Community, IBM's global strategic initiative to support employee and retiree volunteers and the Business Integration team, where Corporate Citizenship is integrated with IBM’s business strategies and global Humanitarian Disaster Response efforts.
Ms. Melley is a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility and was a 2001 Eisenhower Fellow to the European Union and Ireland. She serves on the boards of directors of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Corporate Citizenship, Independent Sector, Points of Light Institute and more. Ms. Melley constantly looks for ways to use technology as an integrated tool to effect change.
Multinational technology and consulting corporation
Roseanne is a STEPS Executive with Engineers Ireland, the professional body for engineers in Ireland. The STEPS programme - funded as a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland’s Smart Futures Programme - encourages students to explore the world of STEM, while also promoting engineering as a career choice.
Roseanne has worked in education and public engagement for almost five years. She project manages Engineers Week and is responsible for volunteer management, development and support, including maintaining the Investing in Volunteers quality standard. Roseanne is an avid promoter of STEM and oversees events and activities to promote engineering to girls.
The professional body for engineers in Ireland.
Urvi Purani, a 15 year Motorolan, fell in love with the company and the tech industry. Urvi currently manages third-party suppliers that develop products which compliment and integrate within the Motorola Solutions mission critical system space. Urvi is passionate about STEM and is involved with many organizations, including serving on the board of Schaumburg Township Elementary School District Foundation and as a site liason & mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. She is an active leader within the Women's Business Council and the co-site lead for the Society of Women Engineers.
Urvi earned a bachelors degree in French, with a minor in communications at Northeastern, and a master's degree in integrated marketing communications from Roosevelt University. She also earned a project management master's from George Washington University and is a certified SAFE Agilist.
Data communications & telecommunications equipment provider.
Allison is a Project Manager at Fluor Corporation, one of the world's largest publicly-traded engineering and project management companies. She is a graduate of the University of Houston with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Allison joined Fluor working as a process engineer and has experience primarily in the execution of international and domestic projects in the Energy & Chemical industry. During her 17 years at Fluor, Allison has worked varying project phases, from initial conceptual design through the construction phase. She currently works on the Sakhalin-1 Project, comprised of three facilities off the northeastern coast of Sakhalin Island.
As a proud alumna of the University of Houston, Allison has been Executive Sponsor of the Fluor & University of Houston Sponsorship Program and works closely with the university on improvement of its Industrial Construction Management program curriculum. During her spare time, Allison loves spending time with her husband and three children traveling, cooking, hiking, and cycling. She is an active supporter of the MS 150.
Leading engineering construction company.