Honeywell Female Engineers Encourage Technology High School Girls to Pursue Engineering

Panelist Ann Schoeb discusses engineering career opportunities with Newark Technology High School students.

Panelist Ann Schoeb discusses engineering career opportunities with Newark Technology High School students.

Four female engineers from Honeywell International, Inc. spoke on June 19 with approximately 30 freshman girls at Technology High School in Newark.

Each panelist discussed her engineering education, field experiences and typical workday at Honeywell. The panelists explained the benefits of working in the industry while emphasizing the need for an increased female presence within the field.

“I love my job.  I  love what I do.  This is a great living and has provided me with a fulfilled life”- said Ann Schoeb, panelist and Chief Technology Officer, Resins & Chemicals at Honeywell.

After the panelists spoke, students asked questions regarding starting salaries, typical work hours and the challenges facing women in the field.

The discussion was followed by a brief reception where students talked about their career goals in small groups with the panelists. Many of the girls expressed a newfound interest in exploring engineering.

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey and Newark Technology High School Career Advisory Board partnered to put on the event. “It is great to bring together STEM professionals with students interested in STEM but unsure of what fields they can pursue.  Today’s panelists demonstrated passion and excitement about engineering and the girls embraced this and are clearly excited to learn more about this field” said Kim Case, Executive Director of the R&D Council.

(From left) Engineering Teacher Chamiris Mantrana, Engineers Ann Lee-Jeffs, Ann Schoeb, Alicia Ridge and Deborah Jones, and Principal Edwin Reyes.

(From left) Engineering Teacher Chamiris Mantrana, Engineers Ann Lee-Jeffs, Ann Schoeb, Alicia Ridge and Deborah Jones, and Principal Edwin Reyes.

Panelists Alicia Ridge (left) and Deborah Jones (right) speaking with the students

Panelists Alicia Ridge (left) and Deborah Jones (right) speak with the students

2014 Merit Scholars Announced!

Research & Development Council of New Jersey (R&D Council) will award Merit Scholarships to 15 distinguished STEM scholars at New Jersey community colleges.

Peri Akiva (Middlesex County College), Mariia Alibekova (Bergen Community College), Sarai Banda (Bergen Community College), Kirkland Czajkowski (Warren County Community College), Adriana Diaz (Bergen Community College), Anthony Freyre (Bergen Community College), Fady Issac (Bergen Community College), Sylvia Mohammed (Cumberland County Community College), Jennifer Muniz (Passaic County Community College), Ricardo Rivas (Hudson County Community College), Fernando Rojas (Passaic County Community College), Jorge Roldan (Bergen Community College), Pavel Sokolov (Bergen Community College), Fizza Sulaiman (Middlesex County College) and Luis Wettel (Bergen Community College) received the Council’s 2014 Merit Scholarships.

The recipients are pursuing degrees in a variety of subjects within the STEM field including mechanical engineering, computer science, math, and biomedical science. The scholarships are sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Merck & Co., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Casabona Ventures, ExxonMobil, Montclair State University, Stevens Institute of Technology, General Magnaplate and the R&D Council.

In August, the 15 recipients will attend the 5th Annual Merit Scholar Luncheon at Rahway-based Merck & Co. to cultivate further interest in their field of study and strengthen their relationship with the R&D community. All recipients will also have an opportunity to meet prominent New Jersey-based researchers and innovators. Scholars will also be honored at the R&D Council’s 35th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Reception on November 6, 2014 at the Liberty Science Center.

Each year, the R&D Council awards $1,500 and $750 scholarships sponsored by Council member organizations to outstanding community college students studying in a STEM field. It awards these scholarships to New Jersey students based on applicants’ minimum 3.5 grade point average, STEM field of interest, extracurricular activities, financial need, other awards, and post-graduation career goals. As a broad coalition of senior representatives from industry, academia, and government, the members of the R&D Council make these scholarships available through member donated sponsorships.

USPTO Nominations Deadline Extended for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

New Deadline is June 2, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is extending the nominations deadline for the 2014 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the president of the United States and is this country’s highest award for technological achievement. The deadline is being extended to allow nominators more time to complete and compile the necessary paperwork.

The medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams, companies, or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to America’s economic, environmental, and social well-being. By highlighting the national importance of technological innovation, the medal also seeks to inspire future generations of Americans to prepare for and pursue technical careers to keep America at the forefront of global technology and economic leadership.

The USPTO administers the medal program on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce. Detailed information about the requirements for submission of a nomination as well as a nomination form can be downloaded All completed nominations must be submitted to the USPTO by 5 p.m. (ET), June 2, 2014.