Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Ask A Female Engineer”

Posted in: 8th Annual Kickoff Conference

Track: Bridging the Barriers in STEM

All your questions about being a woman in the male dominated field of engineering will be answered! 

In this panel-presentation, female engineers will share their experiences about what it’s like to work in engineering, a field that is traditionally of a male majority. Students, parents, and educators can ask all the questions that they have about being a female in engineering.

Informational flyers for how to encourage girls in engineering will be given out, as well as a few STEM raffle prizes at the end!


Panel Moderator: Suzie Olsen, Engineer and Creator, STEM Spark 


Hi I’m Suzie Olsen, and I’m a systems engineer in Phoenix, AZ! I graduated from Arizona State University with a BS is Electrical Engineering and a MS in Global Technology and Development. With fourteen years in engineering, I currently work on the search and rescue system for the US Coast Guard. I am also the author of Annie Aardvark, Mathematician and creator of the blog STEM Spark. My spark is to encourage students, especially girls and minorities, to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). I am involved in the Society of Women Engineers Phoenix Section and participate in various STEM outreach events around Phoenix. I live with my husband and child, performing STEM experiment after STEM experiment with my own child.

Suzie Olsen Contact: 

Syronna Brown, Systems Engineer, StyleKemistry, Section President, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Member, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 


Hello, I’m Syronna Brown and have been an Engineer in the Valley for 15 years. I hold a BS in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA with an emphasis in Technology Management. I have worked as a systems engineer, specifically the Aviation, Space, Communications, and Defense industries for more than 19 years. I have participated in programs such as the Washington Internship for Students of Engineering and Women Unlimited, Inc.; other involvement includes Future Cities Judge, Engineers Week, and the Million Mentors Initiative. I am involved with SWE-PHX and have held the positions of Secretary, Vice President, and President for the Phoenix section. I love making a difference and engaging with girls on the topics and careers in STEM. I encourage and promote the development of young women into leaders, setting the highest standards and making sure they discover their own personal brand.

Syronna Brown Contact: 


Hi, I am Lisa Cevasco, and I graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing. I currently work in Tempe, AZ for Statistics and Data Corporation (SDC) as a Senior Manager in Quality Assurance. SDC is a contract research organization specializing in clinical data services such as biostatistics and data management/EDC, but my engineering degree has given me the opportunity to work in a variety of different fields across my 13 years in the industry, ranging from missiles to consumer goods to medical devices. I am passionate about encouraging girls to pursue STEM as a college major as well as supporting professional women to continue in technical career paths.  I am an Arizona native and currently live in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband and two children, ages 6 and 3.

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