Experience is widely recognized as one of the life's most effective teachers, and organizers of the upcoming 2013 Susan M. Arseven '75 Conference for Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) guarantee multiple opportunities to learn from some of Texas A&M University's best next month in Aggieland.

Registration currently is open for the popular annual WISE Conference, now in its 21st year and set for Saturday, Feb. 16, in Rudder Tower on the Texas A&M campus. This year's theme, "Bringing It Back," centers on inspiring the future by revisiting the past -- specifically, former students who have completed their educational goals and forged successful careers in academia, industry and government. Through interactive workshops, the speakers will "bring it back" by sharing their experiences and insights gained along the journey from diploma to career and encouraging their own networks of possibility in the process.

"Whether trying to get out of graduate school or deciding if the current career path is the correct one, everyone should take away new thoughts and ideas from our motivated and inspired speakers," said Dr. Nancy Magnussen, director of Educational Outreach and Women's Programs in the College of Science, which organizes and hosts the annual event. "Our goal is to provide a forum for the exchange of information on the challenges women face in preparing for and pursuing successful careers."

The daylong conference will feature a keynote presentation by Melendy Lovett '79, senior vice president and president of education technology for Texas Instruments Inc. in Dallas. In her presentation, "Dispelling the Myths of Being a Woman Leader in Technology," Lovett will share her professional and work/life experience as well as her career truths as a pacesetter with TI. A complete list of speakers is available here.

The conference is named in honor of the late Dr. Susan M. Arseven '75, one of the leading strategists in information technology during a career spanning several disciplines and a pioneering example of Aggie leadership. Thanks to generous funding from a permanent endowment established through the Texas A&M Foundation by Arseven's husband, biostatistician Dr. Ersen Arseven '74, the event also showcases the Susan M. Arseven Make-A-Difference Award -- two $1,000 awards presented to female graduate students pursuing master's or doctoral degrees in science, engineering or technology as part of the conference.

The registration fee is $50 ($25 for students) and includes a pre-conference reception on Friday, Feb. 15, a registration packet and lunch on Saturday. Participants can register online at http://outreach.science.tamu.edu/wise/2013/wise_online_registration.php. The deadline is Feb. 12.

Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) at Texas A&M is an organization of graduate students, staff and faculty from various science and engineering backgrounds. The group was created to address specific problems faced by women in non-traditional fields.

For more information about the conference or other outreach events and women's programs in the College of Science, visit http://outreach.science.tamu.edu.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Nancy Magnussen, (979) 845-5587 or nancy@science.tamu.edu

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  • Melendy Lovett '79

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