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WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) Speaker Series: Maria Yang

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Faculty Club Main Dining Room

Limited Seating. Registration Deadline: Sunday, February 11, 2018

The WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) aims to create an engaged Stanford network linking women graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and alumnae in STEM fields, and their allies and advocates, through regular meetings and communications. WINS seeks to provide all with opportunities to learn from a diverse array of stand-out women in science and engineering about the realities of their lives and work, successes and lessons learned, and to connect individuals with a network of potential mentors, protégés, and other colleagues.

The Winter 2018 WINS will feature Dr. Maria Yang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Designing to Change Designers

The act of designing something new is one of the most exciting and important things a person can do. Designers have the power to improve the way people live, work and play. In this talk, Dr. Yang will describe her professional path as an engineering and design academic. She will also discuss some examples of design and engineering contexts that have defied expectations in attracting women students, especially through human-centered design.

Maria Yang's Bio

Maria Yang is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT, and is founder and director of the Ideation Lab ( Her work considers the process of design, focusing on the key role of design representation in driving the early stages of the design process and outcomes of engineered products, from consumer products to complex, large scale systems. She is an ASME Fellow and has received the NSF CAREER award and the ASEE Merryfield Design Award. She earned her SB from MIT, and her MS and PhD from Stanford University, all in Mechanical Engineering. Yang previously served as director of design at Reactivity, a Silicon Valley startup now a part of Cisco Systems.

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