The Advisory Board for the UW Bothell School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics provides guidance to the STEM director and faculty on issues related to STEM education and STEM-related industry needs.
Irena Atov, Ph.D.
Microsoft, Principal Architect – Intelligent Conversation and Communications Cloud, Office 365 Services
“The School of STEM’s commitment to fostering equal access to opportunity is exemplary and inspiring. I believe in greater access to higher education and STEM fields, as well as enabling prospects for students to have an equal impact in the world.”
PMI Worldwide, Vice President, Engineering & Quality
“I’m attracted to the quality of the educational programs and facilities, the practical approach and smaller classes, and the impact the School of STEM has on the region. I’m inspired to help the School of STEM continue its fast growth in breadth and depth of offerings while preserving the unique student experience and positive impact on the regional innovation community.”
The Boeing Company, BCA-System Architect, Technical Fellow (Retired)
“I have been fortunate in my career to have seen and followed certain opportunities to be successful. Providing opportunities and experiences for the students will help them shape their future. Having the benefit of 20/20 hindsight and working with exceptionally talented members of the board and staff, I believe we can make unique opportunities and experiences available for the students and community.”
Adobe Systems, Software Quality Engineer
“STEM, especially computers and technology, have been my passion since I was 8 years old. I am fortunate that I have found a lot of opportunities to build on that passion through my career and through UW Bothell’s Computing and Software Systems program. I have seen UW Bothell grow from Canyon Park’s campus to a much bigger, vibrant university that it is today.”
Smartsheet, Senior Corporate Counsel
“I have been very fortunate to have had wonderful mentors who provided career guidance, helped build my professional network and offered opportunities to learn and advance in the privacy and technology space. I would not have been presented with these opportunities without access to higher education. Serving on the UW Bothell STEM Advisory Board appealed to me because I believe in the mission and core values of the School of STEM, including its commitment to provide opportunity and greater access to underrepresented communities.”
Rodrigo Gonzalez Ph.D.
AGC Biologics, Senior Director, R & D Center
“It’s a unique privilege to be part of the STEM board, I have the feeling of being literally back in the classroom and that comes with two gifts: To be able to keep on learning with extraordinary colleagues and the possibility to give the UW community the best of AGC’s experience in Biotech problem solving.”
Nordstrom, Director of Engineering
Seagen, Chief Technical Officer
Glenn Hoogerwerf, Board Vice Chair
Kudu, Founder & CEO
Tableau Software, Senior Academic Program Manager
Sireen Malik, PhD
T-Mobile, Director of Software Development, Integrated Systems & Automation
“The STEM School at UW Bothell does everything it can to make sure that the students become everything that they can. Its mission and vision aligns perfectly with what I wholeheartedly believe in. I am committed to building diverse communities, empowered by the ideas and intellectual energies of teachers, students, parents, social as well as industrial leaders – irrespective of their ethnic and racial backgrounds, gender, social class, disabilities, sexual orientation and special needs. I am passionate about simultaneously stoking and supporting an individual’s curiosity, critical thinking, collaborative potential, soft skills as well as leadership skills.”
Heba Ramzy, Board Chair
Avanade, Executive—Global Citizenship Lead | Responsible Business Co-Lead
Heba is an accomplished leader and innovator with over 20 years of professional experience and service forging strategic initiatives, successful partnerships, innovative communities and productive teams while also advancing critical public policy dialogues.
BRIOTECH Inc., Founder
“As someone who has for decades made a living in the science and manufacturing space, I feel a passionate responsibility to encourage and support our future leaders who may have inside them the answers that will help our community and world. My long commitment to STEM is a way to pay back the many mentors who have helped shape my career and perhaps pass on some sense of excitement about the possibilities that lay in our future.”
Soyeon Yi, Ph.D.
Noul Company Ltd., Managing Director, Business Development & Partnership
International Space University, Faculty
Former Astronaut with Korean Space Program
“After my space flight, I feel I have a lifetime responsibility to help develop a better future on the Earth. I believe that serving on the School of STEM Advisory Board will give me an opportunity to inspire students who will develop better technology for people all around the world.”
Philips Healthcare, Vice President, Global Clinical Affairs (Retired)
Past Board Chair