Thank you!

Thank you to all of the panelists, attendees and organizers of the 4th Annual Women in STEM summit that was held on April 18th, 2018. Check out videos from the event below. 

Women in STEM Summit: Sustainable Solutions and Champions of Change

Discover what’s current in sustainability, science and policy with local thought leaders who are building sustainable solutions and influencing sustainable change. Meet organizations that support diversity and sustainability initiatives at our Information Fair. Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired, grow and connect with us!

The Program

8:30 - 9 a.m.            Registration                         Outside Student Union, 2nd Floor

9 - 9:10 a.m.            Welcome                                                                       Student Union Theater

  • Kathleen Murphy, EdM, MBA | Cofounder, UB Women in STEM Cooperative

9:10 - 9:15 a.m.       First Nations Blessing                                                 Student Union Theater

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.      Keynote Interview                                                       Student Union Theater                 

  • Hadar Borden | Blackstone LaunchPad at UB
  • Ali McPherson | Niagara Share
  • Samina Raja, PhD | Principal Investigator of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab in the UB Department of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Liesl Folks, PhD, MBA | Dean, UB School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.       Break

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.       Session 1: Building Sustainable Solutions              Student Union Theater


  • Sara Behdad, PhD | Assistant Professor, UB Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Martha Bohm, M Arch | Assistant Professor, UB Department of Architecture
  • Sara Metcalf, PhD | Associate Professor, UB Department of Geography
  • Lina Mu, PhD, MD | Associate Professor, UB Department of Epidemiology & Environmental Health
  • Tonga Pham | Associate Vice President, UB Facilities
  • Elizabeth Thomas, PhD | Assistant Professor, Department of Geology


Sarah Muldoon, PhD | Assistant Professor, UB Department of Mathematics

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.        Break

11:45 - 12:45 p.m.        Session 2: Influencing Sustainable Change                Student Union Theater


  • Ingabire Adam | Student, WNY Environmental Alliance
  • Susan Clark, PhD | Policy & Planning Specialist, UB Renew Institute
  • Trina Hamilton, PhD | Assistant Professor, UB Department of Geography
  • Alexandra McPherson | Principal, Niagara Share
  • Yeeli Mui, PhD | Visiting Scholar, UB Department of Urban & Regional Planning

Derek Nichols, MA | Sustainability Engagement Coordinator

12:45 p.m. - 1 p.m.         Closing Remarks                                                        Student Union Theater


Ryan A. McPherson, JD | Chief Sustainability Officer

1 - 2 p.m. - Reception and Information Fair                                                      Student Union Lobby 

Presented by UB Women in STEM Cooperative & UB Sustainability in partnership with: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Buffalo Section, Society of Women Engineers, UB Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), UB Department of Mathematics, UB Environmental Network, UB Institute for Research and Education on Women & Gender, UB Intercultural & Diversity Center, UB Office of the Chief Information Officer, UB Professional Staff Senate, UB School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, UB School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, UB Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), Rich Products Corporation, WNY STEM