Magazine - Spring 2022

M. Nia Madison

GenTegra Kim Swennen

Dr. Patricia Bath Sarah Wilson

Kim Swennen's adventurous career path has included everything from walking Hollywood red carpets and performing in London theatre to teaching girls to code in Namibia and engineering at Google. Kim received her MS in Computer Science from UCLA in 2014, after having earned a BA in Theatre Studies from Yale and a Masters in Classical Acting in London. Before her life as an engineer, she spent almost a decade in Hollywood as an actress, starring in a number of stage productions and appearing in many popular TV shows like Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, Chuck, and NCIS:LA.

Sarah Wilson is an interdisciplinary engineer with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Denver. Her career has spanned professional skiing to sports biomechanics to agricultural robotics to data engineering. As a person who is curious about lots of different topics, Sarah has embraced her tech career to transition between different industries and never get bored.

Dr. M. Nia Madison earned her B.S in biology with honors from East Texas Baptist University in 2000 and her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, summa cum laude, from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN in 2008. She is an associate professor of microbiology, general biology and anatomy and physiology at Miami Dade College, Homestead Campus in South Florida where she is also the Director of HIV research. Her research focus is on elucidating the identities of host-derived inhibitors and enhancers of HIV infectivity.

Bea Mendez-Gandica works on a team that focuses on usage billing data at Microsoft. Usage billing tracks the number of resources that a third party uses in the Microsoft cloud. This helps determine a customer’s bill on monthly basis. As a result, Bea’s efforts allow Microsoft to charge customers based on their use of Azure resources with minimal impact to developers building the Azure offerings. She helps make the current technologies she works on more efficient and compliant. Bea Mendez-Gandica

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