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IEEE Women in Engineering Talk: An Engineer’s Journey

The IEEE Women in Engineering is hosting a special guest on it’s “An Engineer’s Journey” talk series. “Join us on September 28th at UBC point grey campus to meet Dr. Fiorenza Albert-Howard, hear her story, share experiences and network with fellow WIE members.”

The event is open to the public and attendance is free of charge.
Please RSVP using the following link:http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/7973

Title: “An Engineer’s Journey: From Tradition to Freedom – a walk between continents”

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Place: Room 418
University of British Columbia
2356 Main Mall (McLeod Building),
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4

Speaker: Dr. Fiorenza Albert-Howard

From a win at Chess against the Big Blue to design the digital network for British Columbia. I was told it was impossible: a woman as an engineer in Italy, an immigrant to the USA without knowing the language, a manager for
space technology, a mentor and a scholar. Has it been stubbornness not wanting to give up? Or has it been a love for impossible dreams of what the future can bring us? How could I have shaped the future? And how I did.

Speaker Bio
Albert-Howard’s entire professional life has been with computing, managing several large projects in Europe with IBM, Olivetti, General Electric, and Honeywell, in the United States with Hughes Aircraft and Southern California Edison. In Canada with BCTelephone, she directed the design of the digital provincial network, and at the University of British Columbia as Director of Networking and Telecommunications, she directed the design and implementation
of a fiber backbone network for UBC, E-mail distribution, X.400 and X.500 technology deployment and support, LAN design, installation and maintenance.
 Received from the University of Roma, Italy: a Ph.D. in Statistics applied to
Computer Sciences; an MBA in Statistics, Actuarial and Demographic Sciences; and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering Published three books on computers and System Analysis, several articles in Italian And American magazines.
She is engaged in volunteering with several organizations both in Canada and Internationally: with the IEEE, with the CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women), with Capilano University Foundation. At present she is
Chair of the IEEE Technical Field Awards Council and member of the Life Members Committee, the IEEE Foundation Grants Evaluation Committee and the IEEE Canada Foundation.

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