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Celebrating Baskin Engineers on International Women in Engineering Day

June 23 marks the annual celebration of International Women in Engineering Day. In honor of this year’s celebration, Baskin Engineering is recognizing the achievements and research innovations of its women-identified engineers throughout 2023. 

Meet a few of our outstanding Baskin Engineers and learn about their contributions to a wide range of engineering and technology fields, including computer science, biomolecular engineering, electrical engineering, genomics, computational media, and robotics.

Katia Obraczka, professor of computer science and engineering

Professor Katia Obraczka has been appointed as the new director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute at UC Santa Cruz. In this new role, she will expand research initiatives that focus on technological innovation for social good, foster new industry partnerships, and increase faculty and student research engagement.

Karen Miga, assistant professor of biomolecular engineering

Biomolecular engineer Karen Miga was named a 2023 Searle Scholar. This prestigious award will support her work in studying uncharted regions of the human genome. Also this year, Miga co-led a consortium of researchers to publish a draft of the first human pangenome, a new, usable genomics reference that will allow for a more accurate understanding of genomic diversity.

Leilani Gilpin, assistant professor of computer science and engineering

Leilani Gilpin is one of four UCSC computer science and engineering faculty members who will produce hardware and software capable of defending internet-enabled transportation systems from cyber attacks, as part of the new National Center for Transportation Cybersecurity and Resiliency.

Colleen Josephson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering

Electrical engineer Colleen Josephson won a $450,000 New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Research Award to support her research in developing efficient, low-cost agricultural soil sensor systems.

Kiana Imani, biomolecular engineering and bioinformatics class of 2023 gradaute

Class of 2023 graduate Kiana Imani received the prestigious Huffman Prize, which is given annually to a student who has demonstrated extraordinary creativity, depth of inquiry, and academic excellence.

Camilla Forsberg, professor of biomolecular engineering

Professor Camilla Forsberg received major funding to study the connection between aging and platelet production among the human population.

Alexandra Holloway, NASA engineer and Baskin Engineering alumna

NASA software engineer and Baskin Engineering alumna Alexandra Holloway shared her personal journey to success to inspire the Class of 2023 during the Baskin Engineering keynote commencement address.

Baskin Engineering alumna Sangeetha Mandyam Komar Baker

From developing hydroponic engineering farms to helping build the world’s first 3D-printed rocket, Baskin Engineering alumna Sangeetha Mandyam Komar (MK) Baker has applied her extensive robotics engineering knowledge and expertise to drive innovation across a wide range of industries.

Google software engineer and Baskin Engineering alumna Jennifer Bevan

UC Santa Cruz alumna and Google software engineer Jennifer Bevan has spent her post-Baskin Engineering career revolutionizing software engineering testing applications and tools to improve product efficiency and accessibility.

Wonderfil co-founder and Baskin Engineering alumna Shiloh Sacks

A refillable water bottle station but for soap? Engineering alumna Shiloh Sacks is transforming the sustainable product industry through her startup Wonderfil.

Professor Angela Brooks received an Outstanding Research and Professional Mentor Award from the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

Tiffany Thang, computational media Ph.D. candidate

Computational media researcher Tiffany Thang’s new virtual reality games empower underrepresented communities and support social wellbeing.

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