Women's Impact Network Announces Impact Grant Recipients

September 7, 2017

The Women's Impact Network received 44 grant applications in the first cycle to fund impactful projects/programs throughout the WPI community. The applicants represented faculty, staff, alumnae, undergraduate and graduate students. The proposals submitted included requests for faculty research, pipeline activities, developing leaders, sponsoring conferences, addressing diversity/inclusion, entrepreneurial activities, student and faculty development, curriculum enhancements and more! The winning proposals will be celebrated at a special event for the WPI community—“Elevating Women in STEM”—at 3 pm, Saturday, Oct. 7, in Alden Memorial, featuring a keynote by Urvashi Tyagi ’01 MS, director of engineering at Audible.

In this inaugural year, the group raised $225,000 for these grants. WIN is excited to announce that the following proposals will receive funding:

"Advancing Women Associate Professors with Mentoring Mini-Grants"
Chrysanthe Demetry, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

"The Women's Research and Mentorship Program"
Ryan Meadows, Associate Director of Outreach, Pre-Collegiate Programs

"Advancing Women's Impact in Mathematics Symposium, New England"
F. Patricia Medina, Postdoctoral Scholar

"WiNcorps: Preparing STEM Leaders"
Marsha Rolle, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

"WPI STEM Leadership Book Award & Reception"
Stephanie Rudzinski, Associate Director of Admissions

"Expanding and Sustaining Camp Reach"
Suzanne Sontgerath, Director of Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs

"Publish & Flourish: A Women's Writers Colony at WPI"
Patricia Stapleton, Assistant Professor, Director of the Society, Technology, and Policy Program

"Empowering Women Through Optics"
Lyubov Titova, Assistant Professor, Physics

"The Women of WPI Fall Conference Speaker 2017"
Katherine Vignaly '84

"Goat Tank: Maximizing Value Creation for Humanity"
Shamsnaz Virani, Assistant Teaching Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

"Women Leadership and Power"
Sharon Wulf, Professor of Practice, Foisie School of Business