STEM Panel

Facilitator: Cheryl K. Goodman

Executive Director at Athena and Co-Founder of SoGloMo, LLC

Cheryl K. Goodman is co-founder of SoGloMo, a 360 degree marketing firm focused on the power of marketing, mobile and social.

Cheryl served as an executive in business development/ marketing at Qualcomm, Inc., where she oversaw brands such as Gimbal™, LTE Broadcast, mirasol and MediaFLO. She also established the Qualcomm Publisher Relations program where she developed mobile content revenue strategies with national and global publishers.

Over the course of her career, Goodman has launched eight products in five countries, and garnered numerous awards, including the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award, PC Magazine Technical Excellence Award and EDN’s Innovation Award. She also received finalist recognition in the CES Innovation Awards and GSMA Global Mobile Awards.

As a former broadcast journalist for CBS and ABC affiliates, Goodman is a frequent commentator to press on mobile technologies, mobile marketing strategies and women in STEM leadership. She is a sought-after keynote speaker, emcee, moderator and panel participant.

Panelist: Ilkay Altintas, Ph.D.

Chief Data Science Officer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center

Dr. Ilkay Altintas is the Chief Data Science Officer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), UC-San Diego, where she is also the founder and director for the Workflows for Data Science Center of Excellence. Since joining SDSC in 2001, she has worked on different aspects of data flow-based computing and workflows as a principal investigator, and in other leadership roles across a wide range of cross-disciplinary NSF, DOE, NIH, and Moore Foundation projects.

Ilkay is a co-initiator of and an active contributor to the popular open-source Kepler Scientific Workflow System. She is also the co-author of publications related to computational data science and e-Sciences at the intersection of scientific workflows, provenance, distributed computing, bioinformatics, observatory systems, conceptual data querying, and software modeling.
Ilkay is the inaugural recipient of the SDSC Pi Person of the Year (2014) and the IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing for Early Career Researchers (2015).

Panelist: Corina Antal, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Corina is a postdoctoral fellow researching pancreatic cancer therapies at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California at San Diego and has authored 11 publications. She has received numerous awards for her scientific research, including being listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Science in 2015.

Panelist: Kristi Jaska

Vice President, Engineering at ViaSat, Inc.

A few years after graduating from college, Kristi joined ViaSat as the sixth employee. At ViaSat, she has worked on wireless communications research and development in many roles, including engineering, management, marketing and strategy, helping to grow the company to the current 4,000 employees worldwide. Kristi also enjoys volunteering on the selection committee for the EvoNexus start-up incubator and serves on the board of San Diego Venture Group. Kristi has B.S. and M.Eng degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Panelist: Saura Naderi

Staff, Government Affairs Analyst at Qualcomm Incorporated

Saura Naderi is a staff government affairs analyst for Qualcomm Incorporated. In this role, she is the lead engineering instructor and designer of the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab. Saura works closely with local education and community-based organizations to develop programming that will engage the middle school population of San Diego in STEM-focused opportunities and provide exposure to the world of engineering.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Saura worked at UCSD where she developed the myLab program to inspire passion in engineering for K-12 youth. Her mission, and that of the myLab program, was to give aspiring engineers the opportunity to research, design and implement their own ideas. Saura’s most well-known project became known as the “robotic hats project,” where students of all ages used Arduino microcontrollers to create robotic hats that move, illuminate and activate through software and hardware development.

Saura earned her undergraduate degree in engineering physics from UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering. In 2011, she spoke at TEDx San Diego where she shared her efforts to inspire passion in engineering and diversifying STEM fields. In 2013, she was named as one of the “Top 10 UCSD Exemplary Employees of the Year” and received the Athena Pinnacle Award for Education.