Jennifer Milne, Formlabs
Jennifer Milne is a product manager at Formlabs, a Somerville-based manufacturer of affordable high resolution 3D printing solutions. An early member of the Formlabs team, Milne has launched multiple products with a focus on moving from engineering to marketing timelines, usability and applications validation, and developing launch campaigns that will resonate with designers and engineers. Today she continues to juggle a number of roles, leading product launches, applications engineering, the jewelry vertical, and new materials development. Prior to Formlabs, Jennifer worked in steel fabrication, humanitarian shelter, market research and design consulting.
Role Model: Maria Yang, MIT
“Professor Maria Yang was definitely a role model for me while at MIT, as one of the only female Professor's in the MechE department with a focus on product development. I was desperate to be in her lab group, and even though she had too many graduate students at the time - I was able to do my research in the MIT Media Lab and have her as my thesis advisor. It makes a big difference to see a woman succeeding in your profession, and Maria is amazing to work with. She helped me find my 'fit' as unlike others, I came to MIT not knowing anyone, and not having a research gig lined up since I had my own funding through the Kennedy Scholarship. Imposter syndrome is a big issue at MIT - before I finally started working with Maria I had a male maths professor who told me my high school teacher should be shot when I struggled to define something from first principles, and a research advisor who was so busy he would try to schedule 'gym meetings' instead of regular meetings. Maria was a breath of fresh air, someone I could talk to easily and very encouraging of my ability and my work.”
Joann Michalik, Deloitte
Joann Michalik is Managing Director of Deloitte Consulting LLP and leads the Smart Building Practice. Over her 30-year career, she has helped manufacturers deploy innovative solutions, advanced technologies and process improvement to transform business performance and results. Joann has been on the forefront of the latest business practices, including beta site for Flow Manufacturing, creation and training of GE in Lean Six Sigma, and early implementation of the Business Process Re-engineering and Stage Gate product development approaches.
Role Model: Marie Curie
“My female STEM Role Model – Madam Marie Curie. She had a collaborative relationship with her husband, including winning a Nobel Prize in Physics. After his death, Madam Curie won the Chemistry Prize -- the first person to win in two disciplines. She had a full life, while making significant contributions in her technical field. I am excited to share my success and challenges working while trying to balance family, and community. When I went to engineering school, women were only 7% of the [profession]. It was lonely. Things are so different now, but as the #MeToo movement and the Women’s March shows, there is still more to do. I still feel the need to pay it forward for those women who are still in the minority in STEM.”
Micaelah Morrill, Greentown Labs
Morrill is the Acting Executive Director of Greentown Learn, the non-profit arm of Greentown Labs. During her time at Greentown Labs, she has developed a unique program to connect startups and manufacturers to help promote local commercialization and relationship building and to ensure the great ideas that are hatched locally get made locally.
Role Model: Kristen Carlson
“I'm excited to talk about what manufacturing today actually looks like & give some much needed shout outs to the kickass women I get to interact with. There aren't enough but the ones who are out there are beyond impressive. I'm thrilled to be able to celebrate them. My STEM role models are Kristin Carlson of Peerless Precision, Marie Curie (mostly for her training of women in WWI to create some of the first ambulances to save literally thousands of lives but discovering radium & polonium are cool too) & Andree Heyneman a high school physics teacher.”
Pattie Maes, MIT
Pattie Maes is a professor in MIT's Program in Media Arts and Sciences as well as academic head of the MAS Program. She runs the Lab's Fluid Interfaces research group, is the editor of three books, and is an editorial board member and reviewer for numerous professional journals and conferences. Fast Company named her one of 50 most influential designers; Newsweek picked her as one of the "100 Americans to watch for" and the World Economic Forum honored her with the title "Global Leader for Tomorrow" award. In addition to her academic endeavors, Maes has been an active entrepreneur as co-founder of several venture-backed companies, including Tulip Interfaces. She holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and a PhD in artificial intelligence from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium.
Role Model: Ada Lovelace
“My main role model is Ada Lovelace, who was one of the key figures involved in the birth of computers and wrote one of the first computer programs, an algorithm for Charles Babbage's so-called "Analytical Engine". I think it is really encouraging and inspiring to know that women have been involved with the development of computers from the start, but as the movie "Hidden Figures" shows, their contributions have not always been recognized and celebrated as much as those of the men they worked with.”
Stefanie Mueller, MIT
Stefanie Mueller is an assistant professor in the MIT EECS department, joint with MIT MechE, and a member of MIT CSAIL. In her research, she develops novel hardware and software systems that advance personal fabrication technologies. She’s a Forbes 30 under 30 in Science and a recipient of the ACM SIGCHI Best Dissertation Award.
Role Model: Female 3D Printing Professionals
“I don’t have a specific role model, every female faculty member and researcher in engineering is a great inspiration. I’m excited to talk about the future of personal fabrication — will in the future everyone own a personal fabrication machine, such as a 3D printer, in the same way as today everyone owns a personal computer? What if we can not only process information on our desktops, but also physical matter?”
Kim Knickle, IDC
Kimberly Knickle is the research vice president at IDC Manufacturing Insights. She leads the IT Priorities & Strategies program, which focuses on hot topics and technologies that are changing the way manufacturers buy and use IT, such as digital transformation, big data and analytics, cloud, IoT, mobility, and 3D printing.
Role Models: Fellow IDC Colleagues
"I’ve been with IDC for about 12 years, and I’ve considered myself fortunate to work with many other women who also lead their industry research areas, including Leslie Hand in retail, Lynne Dunbrack, in health, and until a couple years ago, Jill Feblowitz in energy. They’ve inspired me, encouraged me, and serve as constant reminders that we are all women who contribute to the success of our business. We come to our current positions with varied backgrounds and different strengths, which also emphasizes the fact that we don’t have to succeed or lead in exactly the same way. I’m looking forward to speaking with the panelists about their experiences and also what we can all do to support a more diverse work environment. I think that’s the key point – that diversity in the workplace actually makes the business more successful, and I’d like to talk more about how we make this vision a reality."
Danielle Applestone, Bantam Tools
Danielle Applestone is the CEO of Bantam Tools, a Berkeley-based manufacturer of desktop CNC machines. Formerly, Danielle ran a DARPA project to develop digital design software and manufacturing tools for the classroom. Applestone received her B.S. in chemical engineering from MIT in 2002 and a PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012.
Role Model: Future Women in STEM
“The reality for me is that I never had a female STEM role model. I'm excited to talk about what's now possible in the world of desktop manufacturing and the potential of solving the skilled labor crisis in manufacturing by training two million women by 2025.”