Women & Engineering Leadership Society Summit

Apr 6
8:30 a.m.
Innovation Hall: 4220 Duncan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

The goal of the Summit is to strengthen women engineers affiliated with Washington University by providing workshops and speakers centered around personal and professional development. The event will connect alumnae and students who can learn from one another and expand networks.

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RSVP by Thursday, March 28.


Keynote presentation: Stories from a Career in Medical Technology

Christine Lorenz currently serves as chief operating officer at Cohesic Inc., a startup company in Calgary, Canada, focused on improving patient care improving data collection and analytics in cardiovascular diagnostics. Prior to this, she held a variety of management roles in the healthcare businesses of Siemens over nearly 20 years, most recently as VP, Research and Clinical Collaborations in Siemens Molecular Imaging. She worked for Siemens in the UK, Germany and the US with a focus on R&D in the medical imaging field. Lorenz has worked in both diagnostic imaging and image guided surgery. Prior to her Siemens career, she was in academic medicine, first as an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Vanderbilt University and then as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis as head of a lab conducting research in cardiac MRI. She holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Washington University and was a Langsdorf Scholar. She was also one of the first Washington University students to participate in an exchange program with INSA, a university in Lyon, France.

Her MS in mechanical engineering and PhD in biomedical engineering were obtained at Vanderbilt University, and she later earned an MBA from the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany. Lorenz believes strongly in the power of education and in Washington University’s mission and is a scholarship sponsor and a member of the National Council for the McKelvey School of Engineering.



8:30 a.m. — Breakfast

9 a.m. — Welcome

Emily Boyd, Teaching Professor, MEMS

McKelvey School of Engineering Update
Aaron Bobick, Dean and James M. McKelvey Professor

9:40 a.m. — Breakout session #1:


“Career Paths are NOT a Straight Line”
Bayer US Crop Science

“What It’s Really Like to be a Female Engineering Graduate Student”
McKelvey Engineering Graduate Students

10:50 a.m. — Breakout session #2:

“When Engineers Encounter the Community”
Heather Robinett, BS ‘95
Sandra Matteucci, Director & Senior Lecturer, Engineering Communications Center

“How Remarkable Women Lead”
Leadership Society

Noon — Lunch

Introduction of speaker
Alexis Park, Class of 2019

Presentation
“Stories from a Career in Technology”
Christine Lorenz, BS ‘86

1:15 p.m. — Reflection workshop

1:45 p.m. — Closing remarks

Claire Frey, DSc ‘95

2 p.m. — Cortex Innovation Community Tour

Brianna Tobias, Event Coordinator & Relationship Manager, CIC St. Louis


Organizer / Host: Julie Anderson: engineering.alumni@wustl.edu or 314-935-8730.