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Fireside Chat with Dr. Laurie Leshin

November 4, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Fireside Chat with Dr. Laurie Leshin, President, WPI
Moderated by Judy Nitsch, President, Nitsch Engineering

Join us for this special “fireside chat” with Dr. Laurie Leshin, the first woman to lead Worcester Polytechnic Institute—the nation’s third-oldest private technological university—as president.

Under Dr. Leshin’s leadership, WPI has steadily built upon its reputation as the global leader in project-based learning and balancing excellence in teaching with groundbreaking research. Dr. Leshin has prioritized diversity, equity, and inclusion, and WPI is now among STEM institutions with the highest percentage of female undergraduate students. She is also a champion of K-12 STEM outreach and serves on the Federal STEM Advisory Panel, charged with advising federal agencies on their implementation of STEM education initiatives.

Prior to joining WPI, she was an accomplished leader in academia and government service, with roles including dean of the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a scientist for the Mars Curiosity Rover mission, and deputy director of NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, where she oversaw NASA’s future human spaceflight programs and activities. She also serves in leadership positions for many academic- and science-focused organizations beyond WPI.


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