WIE luncheon at ITEC 2019 - NOVI, MICHIGAN, USA

WIE purple pms526Join us for the WIE luncheon and discussion session at ITEC 2019. The event will feature talks from distinguished women from both industry and academia, followed by a discussion on related topics.

All are welcome to attend this WIE lunch event.

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019
Time: 12:00-2:00 pm
Room: Cornerstone 2



Karen Smiley, Lead Principal Scientist, ABB US Corporate Research, “A Reinvention Retrospective”

Lucia Gauchia, Assistant Professor, Michigan Tech University, “Experiences and Tools to Engineer Your Way Through Academia as a Woman”



Karen Smiley

Ms. Karen Smiley has over 30 years of practical experience developing and managing analytical, real-time, and database systems through the full lifecycle of multiple industrial software-hardware products and service systems. Her experience spans small startups to large global enterprises across the domains of steel manufacturing, aerospace and military, fleet logistics, data networking, telecommunications, industrial automation, power grids, and electrification.

Ms. Smiley has built deep expertise in agile research and development and in analysis of scientific and technical data. To date, she has co-invented on 6 US patents and authored or co-authored over 40 academic and industrial papers. She regularly serves on conference program committees for several of her areas of expertise. As a Lead Principal Scientist at ABB US Corporate Research, Ms. Smiley currently leads the US Analytics Solution Center activities in global collaborations on advanced industrial analytics, and supports ABB research teams in lean/agile adoption. Her most recent focus at ABB is on edge and hybrid analytics for renewable energy grids.

Ms. Smiley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. She became a Certified ScrumMaster™ in 2003. Ms. Smiley is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, IEEE Computer Society, ACM, INCOSE, INFORMS, Digital Analytics Association, Agile Alliance, and the EV and Microgrids working groups of SEPA. Her online profile is available via https://www.linkedin.com/in/karensmiley/ or http://karen.agileteams.com.


Lucia Gauchia

Lucia Gauchia is the Richard and Elizabeth Henes Assistant Professor of Energy Storage Systems at Michigan Tech University since Fall 2013 and she holds a joint appointment in the ECE and ME-EM departments. She obtained her Ph.D. on Electrical Engineering at the University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain) in 2010. In 2017 she has been awarded a prestigious NSF CAREER Award on her work on battery aging testing and estimation for multiple life applications. In 2012, before her current appointment, she was a Postdoctoral Associate at McMaster University (Canada) on energy storage technologies for transportation electrification at the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology. She was a lecturer in the University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain) between 2008 and 2010 and a visiting scholar to the University of Lille 1 (France) during 2011. She is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions of Transportation Electrification and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.