Women in Science and Technology: Volunteering to Lead

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The Women in Science & Technology: Volunteering to Lead panel includes the top female leadership in nonprofit membership organizations representing the many facets of the science, technology, and engineering industries.

The panel consists of 2021 IEEE President Susan K. (Kathy) Land, National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt, American Society of Mechanical Engineers President Nominee Karen Ohland, and American Chemical Society President-elect Angela Wilson, along with moderator Dr. Chih-Lin I, Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China Mobile Research Institute.

The discussion will focus on why the panelists chose to pursue careers in these industries and their experiences as women in science and technology. In addition, they will explore why they found it important to volunteer their time and talent and the impact women leaders are making across science and technology. 


  • IEEE President & CEO Susan K. (Kathy) Land
  • National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers President Nominee Karen Ohland
  • American Chemical Society President-elect Angela Wilson

Dr. Chih-Lin I
Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China Mobile Research Institute

More About the Panel:

2021 IEEE President & CEO, Susan K. (Kathy) Land is a Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency. She has more than 30 years of industry experience in the application of software engineering methodologies, the management of information systems, and leadership of software development teams. 

Kathy served as the 2018 Vice President, IEEE Technical Activities. She also served two additional terms on the IEEE Board of Directors as Division VIII Director/Delegate in 2011 and 2012 and as Division V Director/Delegate in 2014 and 2015. She was President of the IEEE Computer Society in 2009. Kathy was a member of the IEEE-USA Board of Directors in 2013 and 2016. 

Kathy has been an active member of the IEEE Standards Association for more than 20 years and served as the Computer Society Vice President for Standards in 2004. She was the recipient of the 2007 IEEE Standards Medallion.

An IEEE Fellow, Kathy is the author and co-author of a number of texts and publications supporting software engineering principles and the practical application of software process methodologies. She is an IEEE-HKN Member and IEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Award recipient.


Marcia McNutt (B.A. in physics, Colorado College; Ph.D. in Earth sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography) is a geophysicist and the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences.

From 2013 to 2016, she was editor-in-chief of Science journals. McNutt was director of the U.S.Geological Survey from 2009 to 2013, during which time USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For her work to help contain that spill, McNutt was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal.

She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy.

McNutt is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, UK, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

In 1998, McNutt was awarded the AGU’s Macelwane Medal for research accomplishments by a young scientist, and she received the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her contributions to deep-sea exploration.


Karen Ohland, M.S., is the President-Nominee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Fellow of ASME, and has been an active member of ASME since 1983.

Karen is currently the Associate Director for Finance and Operations at the Princeton University Art Museum. She also served as finance and senior administrator at New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Education and Concerts and Lectures. 

Prior to her career in museum administration, Karen worked as a biomedical engineer in industry, academia, and government; with the San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pfizer, and Stryker, most recently as research manager for Howmedica Osteonics Inc., an orthopedic implant manufacturer.

Karen served on the ASME Board of Governors from 2016 to 2019, and in 2020 she was selected by the Board to return to complete a vacated Governor position. Since joining ASME, Karen has held many leadership positions and served on several Presidential Task Forces, committees, and boards. 

Karen is a recipient of the ASME Dedicated Service Award. She is a member of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, the American Society of Engineering Education, the Orthopedic Research Society, and the American Society of Biomechanics. Karen also serves as an ABET evaluator and a FIRST Robotics Regional Championship judge. Karen received bachelor’s degrees in engineering and biology from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in anatomy from the University of Chicago. 

Angela K. Wilson is the President-elect of the 155,000-member American Chemical Society. She is also John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the College of Natural Sciences, and Director of the MSU Center for Quantum Computing, Science, and Engineering at Michigan State University.

She has served as Division Director (head) of the NSF Division of Chemistry from 2016-2018, responsible for $1B in research and infrastructure investments across the nation. Prior to this role, she was the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty at the University of North Texas, a university of 40,000 students. 

She has served as Chair of the Chemistry Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and President of the Division of Physical and Biophysical Chemistry of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. She is on the editorial board of Scientific Reports and editorial advisory board of Cell Reports Physical Chemistry and the Journal of Physical Chemistry. She has served as Editor of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry.

Among her national and international honors are Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, National Associate of the National Academies, Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal (ACS), and IUPAC Distinguished Woman in Chemistry Award. 

Her research spans drug discovery to the development of quantum mechanical methods for the heavy elements. Her computational methods are utilized worldwide.


Dr. Chih-Lin I is CMCC Chief Scientist of Wireless Technologies. She received Ph.D. EE from Stanford University. She has won 2005 IEEE Communications Society Stephen Rice Prize, 2018 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 7th IEEE Asia-Pacific Outstanding Paper Award, and 2015 IEEE Industrial Innovation Award for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks. 

She is the Chair of O-RAN Technical Steering Committee and an O-RAN Executive Committee Member, the Chair of FuTURE 5G/6G SIG, the Chair of WAIA (Wireless AI Alliance) Executive Committee, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member and Vice Chair of WWRF, a Steering Committee member and the Publication Chair of IEEE 5G and Future Networks Initiatives, the Founding Chair of IEEE WCNC Steering Committee, the Director of IEEE Communications Society Meetings and Conferences Board, a Senior Editor of IEEE Trans. Green Comm. & Networking, an Area Editor of IEEE Trans. Networking; Executive Co-chair of IEEE Globecom 2020, IEEE WCNC 2007, IEEE WOCC 2004 and 2000; a member of IEEE Communications Society SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. 

She has published over 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conferences and holds over 100 patents. She is co-author of the book “Green and Software-defined Wireless Networks - From Theory to Practice” and has also Co-edited two books: “Ultra-dense Networks - Principles and Applications” and “5G Networks - Fundamental Requirements, Enabling Technologies, and Operations Management.” She is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF). Her current research interests center around ICDT Deep Convergence: “From Green & Soft to Open & Smart.”

The Women in Science & Technology: Volunteering to Lead panel includes the top female leadership in nonprofit membership organizations representing the many facets of the science, technology, and engineering...