Special Events

Women in Engineering (WIE) Luncheon

Date: 5 November 2020
Time: Noon
Room: TBD

The 2020 WIE luncheon will take place on Thursday the 5th of November.

This year we will have an exceptional speaker, the planetary scientist Dr. Nina Lanza, who will talk about her experience as a scientist, her engagement in public understanding of science and in women in STEM.

Dr. Nina Lanza is the Team Lead for Space and Planetary Exploration at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is on the science teams for the ChemCam instrument on the NASA Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) rover and the SuperCam instrument on the upcoming NASA Mars 2020 rover.

Dr. Lanza started at Los Alamos as a post-baccalaureate student and continued at the laboratory as a graduate student and postdoc before becoming staff in 2014. Her current research focuses on understanding the origin and nature of manganese minerals on Mars and how they may be indicators of past and present life. She is also a regular contributor on the television series How the Universe Works (The Science Channel). Dr. Lanza was educated at Smith College (AB), Wesleyan University (MA), and the University of New Mexico (PhD).