Welcome to our 2018-2019 GWIS – Research Triangle Chapter Officers

President:  Kony Chatterjee

I’m a PhD student at the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. My research focuses on developing smart electronic textiles (fabrics of the future!). Last year, I served as the Membership Secretary at GWIS – Research Triangle, because of which I made some invaluable connections, and realized the strong support that women in STEM can extend to each other. I want to continue serving GWIS-RT and help expand STEM outreach work to communities that are sometimes excluded from science. Other than science and outreach, I’m very passionate about animal welfare, yoga, and hiking.

Vice-President:  Tamara Lehman

I am a 5th year PhD candidate in the ECE department at Duke. I am passionate about computer architecture and my research interests lie on the intersection of computer architecture and security.

Secretary: Jordan Tabor

I am a second year PhD student at North Carolina State University. My background is in Textile Engineering and I am currently studying Fiber Polymer Science. I grew up in this area and would really like to better connect to other female scientists in RTP. I enjoy so many different aspects of STEM and would love to be in an organization where I can share my love of STEM! I have participated in a few events by GWIS recently and have really enjoyed being apart of GWIS so far. I would like to be further involved by being an officer!

Treasurer:  Jessica LeRoy

I was the treasurer for GWIS RTP this past year and really enjoyed taking a more active role in the organization. I have a M.S. in environmental biology and currently due invasive species research at NCSU. In my spare time I love baking and taking my dog for hikes in the local parks.

Membership Secretary:  Emily Woolard

I am a post-baccalaureate student at the US Environmental Protection Agency, where I started in a neurotoxicology lab and now work on in vitro assay development. I am applying to bioinformatics PhD programs this fall because I love the intersection between data analytics and human health. I greatly enjoy service projects that involve bringing science to children in the community and have experience implementing several successful projects in the Raleigh-Durham area. Through GWIS, I hope to get girls and women of all ages excited about science, engineering, and math.

Liaison of Mentoring Program: Aminah Wali, Ph. D.

I have a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from UNC and I am currently an assay development scientist at Q2 Solutions, a clinical genomics company in RTP. I served as the secretary of GWIS-RT for 2017-2018 and worked closely with undergraduate students as part of the GWIS-Meredith College mentoring pilot program. I greatly enjoy working with undergraduates and have experience in academic advising, teaching, and career development.