Proud Supporters of the ALS Association since 2007, this week PROTEUS' Senior Leadership Team rallied in support of the cause by taking on the Ice Bucket Challenge.
According to the ALS Association website, over $88 million has been raised through ice bucket challenges thus far this year to help discover a cure for this terrible disease. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. There is no cure and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that modestly extends survival.
On July 18, 2014, PROTEUS provided sponsorship for the INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) Women in Systems Engineering (WISE) -- "From the Classroom to the Board Room: How to Successfully Navigate the Transition from College to Work" event. Providing insight to student interns with an interest in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) on the challenges and successes in engineering careers, the event also included networking opportunities, a Ted Talk video about a successful woman engineer who created GoldieBlox engineering toys for girls, and a panel discussion. The panel was comprised of Kim Bowmaster, Program Director at PROTEUS Technologies, Lauren Conrad, Software Engineer at PROTEUS Technologies, and Kate Tennant, Engineering Intern at Jovian Concepts. WISE President Kim Bowmaster says, "The enthusiasm, participation and collaboration at this first event for INCOSE's Chesapeake Chapter of WISE directly contributed to its success. We thank both the participants and the panel members, and look forward to many future events geared for the success of women in engineering".
Ms. Bowmaster led the development of the WISE charter, signed by the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter's Board of Directors this month. WISE is the first INCOSE womens initiative world-wide and will be used as a model to develop WISE initiatives across other chapters. WISE seeks to increase representation of women in systems engineering within industry, academia, and government. Additionally, WISE looks to broaden future leadership roles of women within the engineering profession, cultivating the next generation of women systems engineers through networking; sharing of best practices and lessons learned; mentoring, and offering Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) community outreach.
WISE is currently working with the Girl Scouts First Lego League to learn more about using the Lego MindStorm EV3 kit as a means to motivate young engineering candidates in developing creative solutions to complex engineering problems (click to see the video). Additionally, WISE is establishing a partnership with University of Maryland Baltimore County's (UMBC) Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) to provide mentoring opportunities for college level engineering candidates. As WISE continues to mature, its outreach programs will expand even more throughout the engineering community.