March 13, 2019, the Northwest SBTRC hosted a U.S. DOT Women in Transportation Initiative (WITI) Program event, Women in STEM Panel Discussion, with the support from Bellevue College and Sound Transit. *Approximately 60 (male and female) students attended the event.
The WITI internship programs is administered through the department's Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRC) which provide resources, technical assistance and outreach to all 50 states and U.S. territories. Each SBTRC is responsible for placing qualified female college students in transportation related internships throughout their regions. The program is designed to increase the participation of women in STEM and the transportation industry to prepare young women to become our nation’s future leaders. This effort helps to create ladders of opportunity and available small business economic competitiveness through careers, internships, strategic partnerships, and education.
Left to right: Lily Keeffe, Project Director SBTRC, Cindy Healy, Microsoft, Hannah Lewbel, Microsoft, Jennifer Hoback, Sound Transit and Dr. Christina Sciabarra, Ph.D. from Bellevue College
The format consisted of a panel discussion with women engineers and a woman with a career in the Transportation industry. The panelists shared their journeys and provided advice for students to learn how to navigate the pursuit of a career in the transportation/STEM industry.
- Jennifer Hoback from Sound Transit; *Years working with prime contractor (PCL) and now at Sound Transit.
- Cindy Healy from Microsoft; *Experience on the Mars Pathfinder mission.
- Hannah Lewbel from Microsoft; *Experience in many well-known engineering systems products such as: Amazon Kindles, Apple computers, hardware devices, IOT, software.
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization established the SBTRCs through a network of grantees across the country. The SBTRCs work closely with the transportation contracting community and other technical assistance providers to serve small disadvantaged transportation businesses. For additional information on the SBTRC program, please click here.