FY24 Executive Council
Ally Hardy is an engineer and has grown up around an entire family of engineers, so she has witnessed multiple generations of women run up against the same walls. Although these struggles show themselves in different capacities, her goal is to immensely reduce, if not eliminate, the roadblocks that continue to face women in STEM. And even though more girls and women alike are starting to view STEM fields as a place where they belong, there is so much more to do to maintain those women in such fields in the workplace. SWE provides that support system for girls and women of all ages to fight for their dreams and achieve their goals throughout the different seasons of their lives. Ally is passionate about providing that support and discovering new ways to dissolve bias, embrace different perspectives, empower women as influential leaders, and solidify women as pillars of technical fortitude.
Dr. Tracy Nguyen is an exemplary change-maker and a true champion of STEM Diversity. Although a practicing optometrist and informal educator, her unwavering passion for STEM outreach has made her a dedicated advocate for empowering women in engineering, aligning perfectly with SWE's mission and vision of achieving parity and equity.
Laura Cunningham is a finance and accounting specialist in the technology industry, so she understands the rewards and challenges of being a woman in STEM. As a former CPA, she has over 15 years of experience in tax preparation, budget development, and financial forecasting. She has worked extensively in the Technology industry including positions at Hewlett Packard, IBM, Deloitte Consulting, VMware and currently AWS. She is active in her company’s mentorship groups and is committed to fostering growth and advancement in STEM.
Jenny Patel obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering and BS in mechanical engineering at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and now is working at Becton Dickinson, a world leading medical technology company. She worked as the first graduate research assistant during her PhD innovating and evaluating a local drug delivery system to treat pediatric brain tumors and other cancers. She is currently a senior engineer at Becton Dickinson part of the Technology Leadership Development Program, a prestigious rotational program aimed to develop future leaders for the R&D organization. She continues to advocate for STEM outreach and education through her own STEM influencer brand called STEMwithJen. Through this science communication platform, she aims to make STEM accessible for everyone by sharing her engineering career pathway, educating our community on STEM topics, and empowering future engineers.