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Women's Museum of California

Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future

Women Prosper in STEM!

Women Prosper in STEM!


Event Date:
Tuesday, April 25 2017

What is the event about?



Women have long been the minority in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). While there are still obstacles to overcome, more and more women are finding their place and their voice. Join us for a panel discussion with female academics and professionals working in fields ranging from nanoengineering to cybersecurity. 




Professor Tammy Dwyer was born and raised in San Diego and received a B.S. in Chemistry from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in 1983, a Ph.D. in physical-organic chemistry from the University of California, San Diego in 1988. Following two years on the faculty at California State University, San Marcos Tammy moved to the University of San Diego (USD) in fall 1994 where she is Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Professor Dwyer was awarded the 2001 Davies Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2012 Centennial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from Iota Sigma Pi National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry. Over the years, her work has been funded by the Petroleum Research Fund and the San Diego Foundation and has resulted in 12 publications since 1994, many with USD undergraduate co-authors.

Jennifer Cheung returned to school to pursue her master degree in Applied Mathematics (from the San Diego State University) 16 years after she took her first calculus class in college. She is a mathematician who became a Cybersecurity Engineer and has been working in the field since August 2014. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to study Quantum Cryptography in Denmark during the academic year of 2011-2012. She is passionate about STEM education among K-12 kids and has been involved with Science Olympia and other science and robotic competitions. In her free time, she likes to catch Pokémon, enjoys going to Broadway shows, plays board games with friends, and most importantly, hanging out with her two kids. 

Lyuba Kuznetsova is an assistant professor at the Physics Department at San Diego State University. She received her BS degree in Physics from the Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia), and her PhD degree in Applied Physics from Cornell University in 2008.  She is the author of more than 30 journal papers and the co-inventor on the two patents. Her current research interests include nanophotonics, metamaterials, and lasers. She is a member of OSA and SPIE. When she is not doing research or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2-year old son. 

Vicki H. Grassian is currently a Distinguished Professor at the University of California San Diego with appointments in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nanoengineering and Scripps Institution of Oceanography and she holds the Distinguished Chair of Physical Chemistry within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She is also the co-Director of the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE) and Associate Dean for the Division of Physical Sciences. She is the fellow of several societies and the recipient of several awards including the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology for her original and creative contributions in understanding mineral dust aerosol properties through laboratory studies and their impact on atmospheric chemistry and climate. Professor Grassian has mentored over one hundred students and postdocs in her laboratory including twenty-five students who have received their PhDs under her guidance.