Taxonomy Archives: Notable Women in STEM

Meet Lynne K. Varner, CEO of Washington STEM
As the CEO of Washington STEM, Lynne K. Varner is working to make state-level education systems more equitable. In this Q&A, Lynne talks seeing Beyoncé live, west coast fashion, and the overheard conversation that changed the trajectory of her life. Read More
Mari Rossi, Winemaker and Notable Woman in STEM
As a college freshman, Mari Rossi took a winemaking course and fell in love with enology. Since then, her trade and passion has taken her from Walla Walla to New Zealand to Woodinville, where she now works as an Assistant Winemaker at DeLille Cellars. Read More
Meet Dr. Katrina Mealey, Veterinary Pharmacologist and Notable Woman in STEM
Dr. Katrina Mealey is a Veterinary Pharmacologist and a Regents Professor at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She monitors genetic changes in dog and cat breeds to ensure our pets stay healthy. In this interview, Dr. Mealey talks female mentorship, the power of public schools, and her 4-million-dollar discovery. Read More
Meet Andrea Frost, Senior Software Security Engineer and Notable Woman in STEM
After a life-changing trip to India in her twenties, and an injury to her leg, Andrea Frost decided to pursue a career in computer science. Now, as a Senior Software Security Engineer at Dell Technologies, she is carving out a space of belonging for other women in tech. Andrea recently spoke with us about overcoming self-doubt, health challenges, and the judgements of others — and as a result, coming into her own. Read More
Meet Manshi Naik, Senior Systems Engineer and Notable Woman in STEM
When a tour of a NASA facility left Manshi Naik awestruck, she knew she had to find a way to bring her biomedical engineering background to the aerospace industry. Now, as a senior systems engineer at Blue Origin, Manshi develops procedures for engineering rockets. (Yeah, we know, it's pretty cool.) In her interview, she talks switching industries, STEM myths, and becoming a dog mom. Read More
Meet Desirée Wolfgramm, Manager of Regulatory Affairs at Energy Northwest and Notable Woman in STEM
Desirée Wolfgramm started out in the Arts before she was inspired to become a mechanical engineer by a career day at General Motors. Now she manages regulatory compliance at a nuclear power plant in the Tri-Cities. And along the way, she became mother to six kids! Read below to learn how she did it—and how she continues to inspire others to follow a career in STEM. Read More
Meet Elona Trogub, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Gorge Greens and Notable Woman in STEM
Elona Trogub is the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Gorge Greens, where she grows nutrient-rich microgreens. Her work is part of a larger project to create a year-round waste-to-energy food system in southwest Washington.   Read More
Meet Joyce Elauria, Security Engineer and Notable Woman in STEM
Joyce Elauria is a Security Engineer for Okta, where she monitors software for security vulnerabilities and corrects problems when they’re found. Her work helps to keep our digital environments safe and secure. Read More
A Tribute to Martha Feldman
Martha Feldman (February 20, 1945 ~ June 10, 2020) was a shining example of “Notable Women in STEM.” As a businesswoman, educator, and engineer, she forged new STEM pathways for women across the state. Read More
Meet Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Psychologist, Researcher, and Notable Woman in STEM
Celestina Barbosa-Leiker is Executive Vice Chancellor for Research and Administration at Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane, where she studies the psychological experiences of people with substance use disorders. Her research is helping healthcare providers take better care of people negatively affected by substance use. Read More