Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)


Women in Engineering is excited to present our 12th annual WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) mentorship event! The event will take place on Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 5:30-7:00 PM PST on Zoom. The event is free of charge. Please complete this form to confirm your attendance at the event: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bCS2QXojJXhYGou

WiSE is an opportunity for women* engineering students to connect with women in industry and/or academia who have taken traditional and non-traditional paths with their science and engineering degrees that have led to exciting careers. There will be 30 mentors from different fields and a panel. Each student will participate in 2 rounds of discussion with mentors of their choice and have the opportunity to take part in an additional networking session planned for the end of the evening. Students will leave having gained a new perspective and a mentor with a career path similar to their goals. Come join us this year, for a night aimed at forming connections and being inspired!

*Please note this event is for cis and trans women and those who are gender non-binary, gender-fluid and femme-identified.


Our Mentors


Adrienne Joaquim (She/Her/Hers)

Senior Consultant, SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.

Adrienne is a senior consultant with SRK with a background in geotechnical investigations and stability analyses as they relate to open pit and underground mines. Adrienne is a rock mechanics engineer in training with seven years of experience as a consultant. She has been involved in open pit and underground geotechnical assessment projects ranging from scoping level to feasibility level studies. Adrienne has a range of experience including field geotechnical data collection programs (drill core logging), characterization of rock mass, slope stability analysis, review and reconciliation of old mine workings, and empirical evaluation of underground excavation stability.


Karen Markwick (She/Her/Hers)

Process Development Engineer, Precision NanoSystems

Karen Markwick is a Process Development Engineer at Precision NanoSystems. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and Master’s in Chemical Engineering from McGill University. Karen started her career focused on manufacturing scale-up in the context of cell therapy, and now works to develop processes for lipid nanoparticle manufacture from lab to commercial scale.

Jodie Hon (She/Her/Hers)

Project Engineer, Sustainability

Jodie is a UBC CHBE alumni working as a Project Engineer within the energy industry, with a passion for sustainability and innovative energy solutions. She has experience in the design and construction of low carbon district energy systems, geo-exchange systems, environmental policy, and construction site management.

Sally Felkai (She/Her/Hers)

Acting Director Business Transformation, Technical Safety BC

Sally graduated from Systems Design Engineering at Waterloo. Her career has spanned coding, data management, product management and executive positions in Information Technology. At TSBC she leads an ambitious agile program with goals to transform the organization and the way it serves British Columbians.

Anja Lanz (She/Her/Hers)

Design Engineer (Electrical), Haakon Industries

Co-Founder/CEO, Global Women in STEM

Anja is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and works as a Design Engineer (Electrical Engineering) at Haakon Industries Ltd. Her LinkedIn profile is: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/anjalanz. She has over 18 years experience with Women in Engineering and Women in STEM initiatives and is one of the founding members of Women in Engineering at UBC. She holds a BASc in Engineering Physics from UBC (2009) and started Women in Engineering Physics as the first undergraduate women in engineering network at UBC. Later, she became the chair of the first grassroots women in engineering conference called: Building Communities – later renamed Creating Connections.

Donna Denny

Principal Engineer, British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (Skytrain)

As Principal Engineer for BCRTC (Skytrain), Donna leads the engineering division that maintains all mechanical and structural assets – trains, track, guideway, stations and elevating devices – in a state of good repair. Her career has spanned across diverse industries, including offshore and international seismic oil exploration, alternative fuel system design, her role as a BC Safety Manager and regulator with Technical Safety BC and also as president of her company, Legato Engineering, which specializes in vibration modelling and performance optimization of mechanical systems. She holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UBC.

Damineh Akhavan (She/Her/Hers)

Senior Engineer, Viking Air Ltd.

Founder and CEO, Global Women in STEM  

Damineh Akhavan holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and an MBA in International Business from the University of Victoria. She is a Senior Engineer at Viking Air Ltd. with 17 years of experience in the Aerospace industry. In addition, she is a Founder and CEO of Global Women in STEM Inc. promoting equality for women and underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through education, advocacy, and action.  Damineh is passionate about the advancement of women and other underrepresented groups in STEM fields, and involvement of children and youth in STEM subjects.

Paula Morales (She/Her/Hers)

Distribution Engineer, BC Hydro

Paula graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering and a specialization in Electrical Energy Systems. Shortly after, she joined the BC Hydro Engineer-in-Training program where she completed rotations in Distribution Standards, Work Methods, Distribution Engineering – Interior & NIA, and Generation Stations Field Maintenance Engineering (Bridge River Generation). Paula currently works as a Distribution Engineer and is a registered Professional Engineer with EGBC. Prior to BC Hydro, Paula spent 16 months as an Engineering and Maintenance Co-op Student for the Vancouver Airport Authority. Outside of work, Paula enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and training in Olympic weightlifting.

Jeanie Malone (She/Her/Hers)

PhD Student, BC Cancer Research Institute

Jeanie Malone is a PhD candidate in the University of British Columbia’s School of Biomedical Engineering, and holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from University of British Columbia. At the BC Cancer Research Institute’s Optical Cancer Imaging Lab, Jeanie studies the clinical utility of endoscopic optical coherence tomography for early detection and management of lung transplant rejection, ovarian cancer, and cervical cancer.

Jennifer Crosby (She/Her/Hers)

Director, Project Management Office, Metro Vancouver

Jennifer Crosby has a Chemical Engineering degree from McGill University. She has worked in the public sector for 20 years and is currently the Director of the Project Management Office for Metro Vancouver. Her extensive experience includes planning, design, construction and operation of large water infrastructure in the Vancouver region. Jennifer’s passion for the provision of effective water and liquid waste services has also included volunteer efforts with local and international organizations, such as Water for People. She is a Past-President of BCWWA and current Director on the CWWA Board. In 2011, she took a leave of absence to manage a project related to earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

Dani Delaloye (She/Her/Hers)

Principal Engineer, Mott MacDonald

Dani Delaloye is a professional geological engineer passionate about tunnelling. She completed her Master’s at Queen’s University with a specialization in geotechnical and geomechanical engineering and a focus on underground construction. For the past 10 years, Dani has managed and designed of many large scale multidisciplinary tunnel projects and conducted multiple field work assignments to assess rock mass classification and tunnel conditions surveys. Prior to joining industry, Dani gained an abundance of on-site experience at various tunnelling and mining projects in Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, France, Germany, Austria, Canada, and the United States.

Chunpreet Sahota (She/Her/Hers)

Senior Structural Engineer, WSP

Chunpreet Sahota is an accomplished and versatile Structural Engineer with 12 years of experience in the design and analysis of structures in a variety of industries. She has been with WSP since 2016 and is regularly the cohesive force on multidisciplinary project teams. Chunpreet is passionate about making an impact and driving positive change at work, in the industry, in the community and for the people around her. She is a mentor, advocate and an inspiring leader as demonstrated through her volunteer activities and the committees she supports – she is the founder and active chair of the WSP Vancouver Diversity & Inclusion Committee and founding and active board member of Women in Consulting Engineering. Chunpreet was the proud recipient of the inaugural ACEC-BC EDI award for an individual.

Elham Torabi (She/Her/Hers)

Senior RF Design Specialist, TELUS

Elham started her career in Telecommunications back in 1997. She graduated from the University of Tehran in Telecommunications Engineering and received her Masters degree from the University of British Columbia, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2008. She started her career at TELUS Mobility in 2008 and is currently a Senior RF Design Specialist and involved in major design projects that will facilitate the road for TELUS to continue being the industry leader in 5G. She is inspired to see more young and successful female engineers in the industry and continues to support them through mentoring programs at TELUS, UBC, and IEEE.

Jasna Jankovic (She/Her/Hers)

Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut

Jasna Jankovic is an Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut (UConn), Storrs, CT, since January 2018. Prior to joining UConn, Dr. Jankovic worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation in Burnaby, Canada. She completed her Master’s and PhD in Chemical Engineering at UBC. At UConn, Dr. Jankovic’s research is in the areas of advanced characterization and fabrication for clean energy systems, including fuel cells, electrolyzers, and batteries.

Katie Dodman (She/Her/Hers)

Senior Structural Engineer, Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd

Katie Dodman is a Structural Engineer and Associate at Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd (KCB). She has more than 15 years of engineering experience including structural design, project management and construction support. Primarily, she has worked on clean energy hydroelectric projects but she also has experience working on transportation infrastructure. Katie is a committee lead and champion for KCB’s sustainable development goals and initiatives to promote equity, diversity and inclusion. Katie balances her busy work life with lots road biking, travelling (Covid permitting), and spending time with friends and family.

Kathryn Ekman (She/Her/Hers)

Manager, Nanaimo / Corporate QHSE Advisor

Kathryn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from UBC in 2006. She spent several years working as a geological engineer in central and northern BC and Alberta before joining Klohn Crippen Berger in Vancouver. Kathryn wears many hats at KCB: managing projects; reviewing and negotiating contract terms; developing and delivering training programs for quality, health, safety and environment; managing the Nanaimo office and its team since opening the office in 2019. When not pursuing her various interests during the workday, Kathryn tries to keep up with her two young children (usually unsuccessfully).

Ghazal Mirabnahrazam (She/Her/Hers)

Master’s Student and Research Assistant, SFU

Ghazal is a Master’s student and Research Assistant at Simon Fraser University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Shiraz University, Iran, before moving to Canada to pursue her Master’s degree. Her research focuses on using artificial intelligence techniques to develop methods for predicting the future conversion to Alzheimer’s disease. Ghazal is passionate about community building and thrives in helping young women tap into their full potential and discover their path to success in STEM fields.

Giovanna Ciprian (She/Her/Hers)

International Process Engineering Analyst, Canada Post

Giovanna has more than 20 years of process engineering experience for Canada Post with an expertise in international processing. Most recently, Giovanna was a key team leader in KPG certification (delivery service standard) as well as implementing the international parcel capacity expansion project to much success. In addition to her engineering and management leadership at Canada Post, she is very active in her community by leading women’s groups in such activities as annual hiking expeditions to self-awareness and exercise retreats. Giovanna earned a degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Management and Human Resources from Catholic University of Chile and Diploma in Operations Management Industrial Engineering from BCIT.

Katherine Westerlund (She/Her/Hers)

Tunnel Engineer-in-Training, Mott Macdonald Canada Ltd

Katherine graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2020 with a degree in Geological Engineering. During her time at UBC she was a 3-term executive of the Engineering Undergraduate Society. She now works in Vancouver, BC as a Tunnel Engineer-in-Training with Mott MacDonald. She has a professional interest in the integration of low-carbon infrastructure development, artificial intelligence, and tunnel engineering. Outside of work, she is an avid long distance runner and loves a good cup of coffee.

Viviana Ramirez (She/Her/Hers)

Geotechnical Engineer, KCB

Viviana is well-rounded geotechnical engineering passionate about rock mechanics with more than 11 years of experience in mining, hydropower, and infrastructure projects. She has worked for consulting firms and for mining operations. Her experience includes 2D and 3D design of the pit walls for open-pit mines, geotechnical models and software simulation, stability assessments, monitoring systems, geotechnical investigations, laboratory testing, field inspections, geotechnical risk assessments, and project management. Viviana has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering, from Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito (Colombia). She currently works for Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) in Vancouver.

Raya Smertina (She/Her/Hers)

Structural Engineer and Project Manager, Hatch

Raya is a Structural Engineer and Project Manager working at Hatch, a global consulting engineering company. She is a UBC graduate and has 10 years of experience working on bridge and marine terminal (ports) projects in Canada, the US and Asia for various consulting firms based out of Vancouver.

Donna Howes (She/Her/Hers)

Director, Howes Technical Advantage Ltd.

Donna has over thirty years’ experience in the private and public sectors in Canada, UK and South Africa. She has been involved in a broad range of projects from construction, functional road design, transportation modeling, transit planning, traffic operations to daily departmental management. She established Howes Technical Advantage Ltd. (HTA) in 2010 to provide specialist expertise in transportation planning and traffic engineering to private and public clients.

Shiva Farahani

Senior Software QA Engineer

Shiva Farahani is a Senior QA Engineer currently working with the Mac Endpoint Security Group (ESG) at Sophos, a leading international cybersecurity company in next-gen endpoint protection. She has been with Sophos for the last 5 years when she moved from UK to Canada with her family. Prior to Sophos and entering the cyber security world Shiva was working for the oil&gas Industry with a leading oil&gas software provider both in Iran and UK . She has a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering with over 16 years of experience in the Tech Industry. Shiva has always been an advocate for diversity in the workplace and is a member of SWiT (Sophos Women in Technology).

Jesi Neill

Discipline Manager, Kiewit

Jesi Neill graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Civil Engineering. After graduation she joined Kiewit as a field engineer. Since joining Kiewit Jesi has worked on projects across Western Canada in marine, structural steel, civil and specialty foundations. She has always known that after graduation she wanted to pursue a career in construction where she could be boots on the ground on complex projects. Outside of work Jesi enjoys travelling, fun fact she has travelled 49 countries, most of which she has done alone!

Kimberly Chan (She/Her/Hers)

Senior Civil-Structural Engineer, Klohn Crippen Berger Kim graduated from UBC Civil Engineering in 2000, since then she has joined Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) as a Civil-Structural Engineer working on a variety of projects in different areas, such as bridges, marine and port, and hydropower facilities. Kim is an Associate of KCB, a senior structural engineer focusing on hydropower projects, and also a mother of two. 

Eleanor Wong (She/Her/Hers)

Software Engineer, Google

Eleanor graduated from UBC Engineering in Engineering Physics and now works as a Software Engineer at Google working on all things cloud, media, video, and search. Prior to Google, she has also interned at Amazon and Tesla doing both software and hardware.

Elise Ng (She/Her/Hers)

Project Engineer, OSI Maritime Systems

Elise Ng has spent her career nourishing her passion of creating exhilarating theme park and waterslide attractions around the world. After graduating from Mechanical Engineering at UBC, Elise began her career designing unique and thrilling waterslides for locations in the US, China, Abu Dhabi, Guatemala, Japan, and Switzerland to name a few. After hanging up her bathing suit, she spent several years bringing a Nintendo franchise to real-life by designing a Mario Kart attraction for Universal Studios Japan. She is a member of the ASTM F24 Committee on Amusement Rides and Devices where she contributes to the development of the worldwide safety regulations for theme park attractions. She is currently bringing her ride design skills to a new industry, ship navigation systems, as a Project Engineer at OSI Maritime Systems. In her spare time, Elise enjoys learning about design thinking, catching up on the latest theme park news, and travelling to theme parks to ride the latest attractions (when it’s safe to do so).

Veronica Lau (She/Her/Hers)

Geotechnical Engineer, Klohn Crippen Berger

Veronica works as geotechnical engineer with Klohn Crippen Berger’s (KCB) Power and Transportation group since 2010. She received her bachelor’s degree in Geological engineering in 2006 and Master’s degree (M.Eng.) in 2010 both from UBC (Georox all the way!!). Since joining KCB, she has been expanding her engineering and project management skills and has worked on many local and international projects. She is currently working as a Project Engineer on a multi-disciplinary project where she gets to learn about structural, hydrotechnical, mechanical and electrical aspects of a hydro-electrical dam.

Megan Clarke (She/Her/Hers)

Consultant, KCB

Megan graduated from Dalhousie University in 2018 with a B. Eng in Mechanical Engineering. With a passion for renewable energy & sustainable design, she joined Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) as a consultant in Vancouver shortly after graduating. As a junior, her main focus over the last few years has been to develop a strong technical foundation. Megan believes that cross-discipline collaboration is the touchstone to any robust, practical design and hopes to continue to broaden her technical understanding in other engineering disciplines at every opportunity. And if you really want to get her going on sustainability, ask her about crickets.

Bernadette Dao

Software Developer, IBM

Connie Ma (She/Her/Hers)

Software Development Engineer II @ Amazon

Claire Wheeler (She/Her/Hers)

Engineer, Hatch