Students of all ages and backgrounds are invited to meet and learn about the work of some of the talented female scientists, engineers, and technicians who are actively pushing the boundaries of space discovery during the 3rd series, March 14 – 16. 

Hosted by the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES)—an aerospace agency at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo—this virtual event exposes attendees to the personal and professional lives of women working in space careers through live presentations and extended Q&As.

The event will feature leading engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who work with robotic explorers on Mars, and an outreach scientist at the Space Science Telescope Institute who will share the exciting mission of the James Webb Space Telescope. The speakers will talk about their personal and professional journeys, answer questions, and offer guidance to students interested in STEM careers.

The speakers will include: 

  • Keri Bean, deputy leader planner for the Mars Curiosity Rover at NASA JPL
  • Dr. Kelly Lepo, education and outreach scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Jenna Cadwallader, flight technician at NASA JPL

Visit the event webpage for descriptions of each talk. 

WiSE Talks will broadcast live via Zoom on March 14, 15, and 16, at 10:30 am HST daily. The event is free and open for anyone to attend. Each one-hour session will include a presentation and Q&A with the featured speaker. During Q&As, young women will be given priority for asking questions.  

WiSE Talks is a bi-annual series made possible with support from the Hawaii Science and Technology Museum and Microsoft.