WISE Workshop, STEM Lecture this week at YSU

Rhonda Franklin, a software development manager for the Central Intelligence Agency, is the keynote speaker at the 18th annual Edward W. Powers Women in Science and Engineering Career Workshop and STEM Lecture Series at Youngstown State University.

Franklin, also a retired commander of the U.S. Navy Reserves, will speak at the WISE workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center. She will present the STEM Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the Ohio Room of Kilcawley Center.

The Women in Science and Engineering Career Day will be 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. The workshop is designed to expose young women in grades 6 through 12 to career opportunities in science and technology. Panel discussions will be held during the morning and hands-on activities and lab demonstrations will be held in the afternoon in Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus.

The workshop is open to middle and high school girls from Mahoning and Trumbull counties and Western Pennsylvania. Registration deadline is Feb. 19. The workshop and lunch are free. For more information or to register, visit www.ysu.edu/WIS, call 330-941-1554 or email dlfagan@ysu.edu.

At the Career Day, Franklin will discuss her career and touch upon various careers in information technology. At the STEM lecture, she will discuss some of her work as an information dominance officer while a commander in the Navy Reserves.

Franklin earned a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law and Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Business from Auburn University. She earned a master’s degree in Information Systems from George Mason University, a master’s certificate in Information Technology Project Management from George Washington University, and a master’s in National Security Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. She has also received certification as a project management professional from the Project Management Institute.

A donation from the Edward W. Powers Foundation in 2012 supports the continuation of WISE Career Day and the STEM Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.