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AIAA LA-LV Celebrates the American History Month for Women, with Women Aerospace Professionals and a Featured Presentation “From Passenger to Pilot”

August 21, 2021 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm PDT

AIAA LA-LV Celebrates the American History Month for Women, w/ Women Aerospace Professionals & Presentation “From Passenger to Pilot”

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AIAA LA-LV Celebrates the American History Month for Women with Aerospace Women Professionals
Saturday, August 21, 2021, 10 AM PDT

Moderated by
Ms. Marilee Wheaton
The Aerospace Corporation, AIAA Fellow
(Part I)
“From Passenger to Pilot”
Ms. Leslie Czechowski
Docent, Museum of Flight, Seattle
Volunteer, Kent Library
(Part II)
Aerospace Women Professionals
Panel Disucssion
Ms. Marilee Wheaton (Moderator)
Aerospace Corp.| Fellow, AIAA

Ms. Claudine Phaire
Chair, AIAA Diversity & Inclusion Working Group;
Principal Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Ms. Leslie Czechowski (Event Speaker)
Docent, Museum of Flight, Seattle

Dr. Claire Leon
Owner, Claire Leon Consulting, LLC.

Atty. Jennifer Perdigao (Pilot)
Member, AIAA
Partner & Co-Chair, Tressler’s Transportation Practice Group
General Aviation Pilot

Dr. Anita Sengupta (Pilot)
CEO/Founder Hydroplane Ltd.
Research Professor of Astronautics USC
Former NASA JPL Aerospace Engineer
Captain Civil Air Patrol
Instrument Rated pilot

Dr. Swati Saxena
AIAA Lifetime Senior Member
Technical and Project Manager, ANSYS Inc.
(Part III)
Early Career Panel for
Women Professionals

Ms. Janet Grondin (Moderator)
AIAA Senior Member
Vice President, Intelligence Programs, Stellar Solutions

Dr. Aki Roberge
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory

Ms. Janelle Wellons
Instrument Operations Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Appearance on the “Super Sensors” episode of PBS Scigirls

Ms. Marilyn L. McPoland
Treasurer, AIAA LA-LV Section
Director, Ceremonies & Events at California State University, Dominguez Hills
former: Sr. Director Operations, XPrize | Director, Museum of Flying | Air Show Producer

Ms. Kathleen Fredette (Glider Pilot)
AIAA Educator Member, Coach, Presenter, Glider Pilot,
Director of STEAM Initiatives for iLEAD CA Charter Schools,
SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador,
One of the first 6 educators to fly on SOFIA and have flown 4 missions altogether,
NASA Endeavor Fellow

Ms. Laura Duffy
Space Systems Engineer, Canyon Consulting, LLC
PhD Student, Colorado State University

Ms. Niyati Chokshi
Graduate Research Assistant at Bagley College of Engineering
Ph.D candidate- Aerospace Engineering
Mississippi State University
“From Passenger to Pilot”
“The presentation focuses on the development of aviation in the 20th century through women who played significant roles. The first transcontinental passenger was a female reporter from Chicago, and the first stewardess flew on a noted Boeing bi-plane. In the 1920s and 30s Amelia Earhart was a popular pilot, famous for her attempt to fly around the world at the equator. Her friend, Jacqueline Cochran, was another famous pilot through the next two decades, setting speed records in military jet airplanes.”

Ms. Leslie Czechowski has a B.A. in Drama Theory, a M.S. in Library Science, and a M.S. in Liberal Studies (concentration in 19th century American history and literature). She has worked in a variety of library and archives positions at Grinnell College, The University of Minnesota, and The University of Pittsburgh. In addition, she taught graduate courses at The College of St. Catherine and The University of Pittsburgh. She has also authored many professional publications and presented on library and archival services.

Leslie has been a volunteer in numerous organizations and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova in 2012. She currently volunteers at the Kent Library teaching Microsoft Office software, volunteers at the Museum’s archives, and joined the docent program at the Museum in 2016.
Exhibitor briefing (Between the 1st and the 2nd Panel)

“EnCorps and STEM Teachers Program”
Ms. Tanja Schroeder
Southern California Recruitment Coordinator for EnCorps STEM Teachers Program
“Development of the Stella App”
Isis Ginyard
A rising junior at Windward School

Disclaimer: The views of the speakers do not represent the views of AIAA or the AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section


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August 21, 2021
10:00 am – 2:00 pm PDT
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