With special guest panel from Intel Corporation
Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 12:30 p.m. in E100 Scott Lab,
Ohio State Women in Nano (WIN) will welcome four guests from Intel for a discussion about successes, challenges and opportunities in their own careers and for women in STEM and fields related to nanotechnology.
Join us for networking and discussion with Intel team members Jenny Clark (Ohio Manufacturing Department Manager), Lisa Meister (Ohio Site Workplace Ops and Services Manager), Gunjan Thakre (Ohio Process Engineering Department Manager), and Dr. Sowmya Venkataramani (University Program Director, Intel Labs).
The WIN event series strives to create a supportive community of women, provide new spaces to network, and grow interest in the micro- and nanotechnology-related fields.
The event will be open to students, faculty, staff and some industry guests. We will be focused on the challenges and opportunities for those who identify as women in nano-related fields, but the event is open to everyone who supports our mission of empowering women in nano.
Meet the Panel
Jenny Clark, Ohio Manufacturing Department Manager at Intel: Jenny Clark’s career journey was sparked by an introduction to engineering during her junior year of high school in her hometown of Canton, Ohio. Jenny Clark joined Intel in October 2022 as a Production Department Manager for their Ohio One location in New Albany, Ohio. In this role, she is helping Intel deliver leading edge manufacturing as part of the IDM2.0 transformation and enabling STEM education as part of the Semiconductor Education and Research Program. With a degree in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Jenny has 20+ years of experience in the semiconductor industry with roles in lithography, process integration, defect inspection, and dry etch. As a manager, she’s led organizations up to 200+ people in a 24/7 manufacturing environment to meet the delivery and quality needs of customers. Jenny is co-chair of the Ohio WIN chapter, an employee resource group whose vision is for all women at Intel to thrive.
Lisa Meister, Ohio Site Workplace Ops and Services Manager at Intel: Lisa Meister is the Ohio Site Workplace Operations and Services Manager for Intel Corporation. She is responsible for front of house facilities operations at the Intel Ohio One site. Lisa joined Intel in 2022 after Intel announced its intent to build the Silicon Heartland in Ohio. She joined Intel with 25 years of experience in the chemical industry. After graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton, she started as a manufacturing engineer in Ashland Inc’s Electronic Chemicals division, where she worked with purified solvents and etchants for the semiconductor industry. She later became a process engineer and eventually assistant manufacturing director for their Adhesives and Composites business units, supporting 20 manufacturing sites globally. She’s held roles in operations, supply chain, engineering, and logistics, leading a variety of initiatives in safety, quality, cost savings, integration, and change management. An Ohio native, Lisa lives in Worthington and enjoys spending time with family, outdoor activities, and helping with her family’s farm.
Gunjan Thakre, Ohio Process Engineering Department Manager at Intel: Originally from TX. Lived there for almost 20 years before setting off on the Intel journey. My husband and I share our two children, 16 year old daughter and 11 year old son and a 4 year old puppy. Career highlights: During my 17 years in process engineering, I have individually worked on as well as managed several process optimizations, defect reduction activities and new process releases and transfers. I have led process release and ramp within a brand new 300mm fab. Current projects/skills: Collaborate with internal and external groups to enable success and diversity at Intel Ohio site; support IFS as Intel prepares to provide foundry services; support new hire onboarding process. Additional information: MS Electrical Engineering; trained Indian classical dancer; I love cooking, gardening and traveling; most of all, love spending time with family.
Sowmya Venkataramani, Ph.D., Program Director in the University Research and Collaboration group at Intel Labs: Sowmya Venkataramani has a Ph.D in Physics from Brown University. Funded by DARPA Bio-Info-Micro Program, her dissertation research focused on designing and developing InGaN/AlInGn light emitting diode arrays (LED’s) for dynamic imaging of neural circuitry. Sowmya successfully cultured and patterned two dimensional networks of hippocampal neurons using novel micro-contact printing techniques and used fluorescence-based imaging techniques to study signal transmission in these artificially patterned networks. Sowmya was a recipient of the Burroughs Welcome Fellowship. As a post-doc at UC San Diego, Sowmya developed two-photon imaging methods to study synaptic plasticity in cortical neurons. Working at the Casey Eye Institute, at OHSU, Sowmya studied synaptic mechanisms involved in visual processing, in particular studying direction and orientation selectivity in retinal ganglion cells. Building on her diverse background in Physics and Neurophysiology, Sowmya has worked in the field of patents and tech transfer, where she has served as a patent specialist and scientific advisor, advising on inventions in the fields of medical devices, optical systems, driver assistance systems, and engine systems for Fortune 500 companies and Universities. At Intel, Sowmya first started in the Global Supply Chain organization, where she was a Technical Program Manager managing key metrology programs and driving collaborations with suppliers and developing solutions to meet Intel’s roadmaps. Currently, she is a Program Director in the University Research and Collaboration group in Intel Labs where she manages Intel’s academic research investments in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Neuromorphic Computing, and Ferroelectrics. She is also Program Director of Intel’s Semiconductor Education and Research Program for Ohio.
WIN kicks off with celebration of International Women’s Day
In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2023, the Institute for Materials and Manufacturing Research (IMR) and Nanotech West Lab hosted the inaugural Ohio State Women in Nano (WIN) networking and career conversation with Dr. Ayanna Howard, dean of the College of Engineering, and Dr. Natalia Higuita-Castro, associate professor of Biomedical Engineering. Dean Howard led the discussion covering a broad range of topics including research, career choices, mentoring, overcoming obstacles, and defining success. More than 30 attendees joined the event and reception that followed including graduate, undergraduate students, post-doctoral scholars, professional staff, faculty, and external guests from industry. The goal of WIN is to create a supportive community of women, network, and grow interest in the micro- and nanotechnology-related fields.
Have a question about the event?
Contact: Aimee Price, Nanofabrication Manager at Nanotech West Lab