STEM Women featured in December

Want to learn more about our December speaker, Austyn Hill, and the women featured in our pre-meeting slides? Read on!

Austyn Hill

Austyn Hill joined the Software Guild team as a Lead Java instructor in August ’15. Prior to coming to the Guild, she served as an IT Analyst at SMC3 working with their Java Webservices for rating and other web applications. Previously, this Louisville native returned home Seattle WA to open and operate the small home business L.E.M.R.S. based in the Highlands doing both record management and free lance design and web work. Beforehand, after completing her collegiate studies and receiving a B.S. in Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she had pursued a career at Microsoft in Redmond as an SDET on the PlayReady team, learning about mobile, test and DRM architectures and operations.

Austyn also enjoys working with the local game and tech meet-ups and has most recently become a founding member in Louisville Makes Games. However, she is also is happy to take some time out from her primarily technologic focus to re-center on her love of the artistic and musical serving on the Board Committee for Bourbon Baroque.

Katharine Blodgett (1889 – 1979)

GE engineering scientist who discovered methods for working with monomolecular coatings

  • She used her discoveries to improve eyeglasses, camera lenses, deicing for aircraft materials, poison gas absorbents and more
  • She was the first  industrial scientist to be awarded the American Chemical Society’s Garvan Medal
  • In her spare time, she was an actress for her local theatre, an active conservationist, and worked to help other women & orphans through the Zonta Club
  • First woman to earn a doctorate from Cambridge University in England, a Ph. D. in Physics
  • She received 4 honorary doctorates: Elmira College, Western College, Brown University, Russell Sage College

Learn more about Katharine Blodgett here

Peggy Whitson

NASA Astronaut and Biochemistry Researcher

  • 1st woman ISS Commander (2007)
  • 1st woman & 1st non-pilot to serve as Chief Astronaut, resigning only to return to active status
  • After Expedition 51, she will hold the record for most space time of any US Astronaut
  • During Expedition 51 she will also command the ISS for the 2nd time
  • Oldest woman in space (turning 57 in February)

Get in touch with her:

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