Society of Women Engineers Hosts Panel at CNU

Local and campus chapters of the Society of Women Engineers co-hosted 'Women in Engineering,' a panel discussion on women's advancement in engineering and technology.

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Society of Women Engineers members pose with CNU students.
Area business leaders from the Society of Women Engineers of Hampton Roads hosted a panel discussion with CNU students.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) of Hampton Roads and Christopher Newport's SWE collegiate chapter co-hosted "Women in Engineering," a panel discussion on women's advancement in the engineering and technology industry and the opportunities and challenges they face.

The panel of female engineering executives included:

  • Karen Berger, facility manager of Langley Aerothermodynamics Laboratory at NASA Langley Research Center
  • Kodi Berger, civil engineering analyst at Kimley-Horn and Associates
  • Dr. Elizabeth Gregory, research engineer at the National Institute of Aerospace at NASA Langley
  • Kathy Marshal, project manager at RK&K
  • Debbie Martinez, execution manager for the Convergent Aeronautics Solutions project at NASA Langley
  • Jenifer Solomon, director of aircraft carrier engineering at Newport News Shipbuilding

"The women in engineering panel discussion was a successful event that allowed students to create a dialogue with professionals about a myriad of topics," said Jordan Hines, president CNU’s SWE chapter. "Each panelist brought up quite a few interesting points in regards to gender pay gaps, how males and females give and take criticism, and the idea of mentors vs. sponsors."

“I found the advice on internships to be relevant and especially helpful to my current position in entering the job field,” said Miya Washington, vice president of CNU’s SWE chapter. “Their advice to treat internships like an extended job interview by taking it seriously and asking questions was spot-on. In addition, they explained that some internships allow you to discover if you would not only be a good fit for that company but also that job field.”

“I was especially impressed by the helpful advice the panelists gave regarding sexual harassment in the workplace,” said freshman Adrianna Hardaway. “One example they gave is if you’re feeling uncomfortable, immediately inform the harasser directly and tell them their conduct is unwelcome and must stop. Don’t put up with it”.

“What a great experience. The panelists engaged the students, gave concrete suggestions and described the different careers that our students might enter," said Dr. Lynn Lambert, associate professor of computer science. "Their comments reflected not only their diverse backgrounds but also their obvious love of engineering. It was truly an uplifting evening.”

For more information about Christopher Newport's SWE chapter, contact Dr. Lambert at

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