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Welcome to the Lehigh@NasdaqCenter podcast where we are leading conversations in innovation and the global entrepreneurial mindset! In this series, we are exploring the topic of women in technology and disruptive engineers. Through engaging conversations with female leaders in Silicon Valley, technology builders Samantha Walravens—technology journalist, Forbes columnist, and co-author of Geek Girl Risingdiscusses timely topics such as the importance of diversity and representation in product development, female founders and funders, as well as the importance of leadership, and human-centered design. Learn what you need to know about women in technology the latest engineering innovations by listening below and be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you find your favorite podcast content!

Latest Episodes

May 26, 2021

Samantha Walravens leads a ranging conversation with Kathleen Egan, the Co-Founder and CEO of ecomedes about how she is building sustainable enterprises. Kathleen discusses how her passion for surfing and background as an engineer and consultant intersects with her mission to simplify sustainability and scale green building. Together they examine how disruptive engineers are creating new solutions to reduce negative environmental...

May 19, 2021

This week, Shanna Tellerman, the CEO and co-founder of Modsy, sits down with Samantha Walravens to discuss her passion for design and technology, and how she built this into a virtual interior design company. Before founding Modsy, Shanna was a partner on the investing team at Google Ventures. Learn about her journey from studying landscape painting to developing cutting-edge 3D visualization platforms and how she uses disruptive...

May 12, 2021

Samantha Walravens and Luis Dussan discuss how AEye is making next-generation transportation a reality using LiDAR systems. Building on his experience as an aerospace engineer, Luis founded AEye in 2013 with a unique perspective on how to effectively enable LiDAR-enhanced perception for automated driving systems and robotic vision. Luis shares insights about building a high-performing team and advice for students launching...

May 05, 2021

Host Samantha Walravens leads an engaging conversation with Liz Maida about how she pivoted her career from civil engineering to internet infrastructure and eventually founded her own cutting-edge cybersecurity company, Uplevel Security. As the founder and CEO of Uplevel Security, she created the industry’s first adaptive system of intelligence that uses graph theory and machine learning to modernize security operations. Learn how Liz is innovating and creating next-generation approaches to enterprise security.

April 28, 2021

Join Samantha Walravens and Tom Chavez for a discussion about new approaches to data, decision science, and AI. Tom is a technology entrepreneur and is currently building Ketch to automate data privacy, governance, and security. Additionally, through his startup studio, super{set}, he partners with other engineer entrepreneurs to found, fund, and build cutting edge software companies focused on emerging technologies. Learn how Tom leverages his background in computer science and philosophy to create disruptive solutions...

April 21, 2021

This week, Samantha Walravens hosted a panel discussion with two leaders at the forefront of disruptive technologies. Jeff Rosedale is a registered U.S. patent lawyer working with clients on the cutting edge of science and technology to develop and protect their intellectual property in the areas of biotech, AI, big-data, and nanotechnology. Pranav Gokhale holds a PhD in quantum computing from the University of Chicago and started his own company, Super....

April 14, 2021

For our first conversation in this series on Disruptive Engineers, host Samantha Walravens sits down with Dr. Ikhlaq Sidhu, the author of the book Innovation Engineering: A Practical Guide to Creating Anything New. Dr. Sidhu is Chief Scientist and Founding Director at UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET). Samantha and Dr. Sidhu dive into how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and the integral role engineers play in driving innovation.

March 31, 2021

This week, Samantha Walravens facilitates a conversation with influential thought leaders on the importance of allyship for women and other underrepresented populations in tech. Melinda Briana Epler shares from her experience as a consultant, tech executive, and Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst about the importance of digging deep and thinking systemically to address inequities. Jeremy Sussman is a senior product manager at Google and...

March 24, 2021

Listen to an inspiring and engaging conversation with Sara Luchian, the Head of Passenger Experience at Virgin Hyperloop, to learn what it was like to be one of the first two people to ride in a hyperloop pod during a successful test run. Host, Samantha Walravens, talks with Sara about an optimistic future for transportation that is fast, clean, convenient, and designed with passengers in mind. Sara shares how she applies both her psychology and business training to design next-generation transportation technology.

March 17, 2021

Join host Samantha Walravens in conversation Ruthe Farmer as they discuss the policies and passions that are inspiring the next generation in tech. Ruthe is the Chief Evangelist at CSForAll and a Former Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. As if that’s not enough, the Last Mile Education Fund that Ruthe founded, has also just been named one of 10 finalists for the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge which is awarding $40m...