SITE Career SeminarsThe Career Seminars provide an opportunity to bring together STEM majors to hear dynamic speakers, mostly from the southern California community, who work in a wide range of STEM fields. Speakers will describe their personal journeys in choosing and pursuing a STEM major and career, as well as their current work. The talks will give you new insight into the career paths of working professionals and choices that opened opportunities that may not have been typical for their major. During the reception after the talk, you can meet with the speaker, your fellow STEM majors and the CSUN STEM faculty for a stimulating exchange of ideas. Starting in Spring 2012, most of the speakers will have been selected by the students who have participated in the SITE program during the previous summer.
Upcoming Career Seminar Dates and Information
Older Career Seminar Dates and Information
- Makan Mohageg
Principal Physics Engineer, JPL
Oct 11th, 2013
Seminar 5:00PM-6:00PM, LO 1127
Optical Science and Industry
A Review of Current Trends in Optics, and a Look Back at its History
The $15B optics and photonics industry has been in a state of constant change for the past 30 years. The ability to proactively recognize forthcoming opportunities is a requirement to succeed in the field. The motivated practitioner will find numerous opportunities in scientific research as well as technology development. Emerging areas of opportunity will be reviewed, with a discussion on how to transition from a CSUN degree to a career in optics.
- Deborah Bass
Deputy Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dec 14th, 2011
Seminar 4:30PM-9:30PM, Bianchi Planetarium
Dr. Deborah Bass is currently working in NASA's Mars Program Science Office where she participates in planning for future Mars missions, including the 2018 Joint Mars Rover in collaboration with the European Space Agency. At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she is the technical group supervisor for Science Systems Engineers. Dr. Bass received her bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and her PhD in Planetary Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997. Dr. Bass has conducted independent research on the Martian water cycle, focusing on surface-atmosphere interactions. As a research scientist at Southwest Research Institute, Dr. Bass represented Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) for the Cassini CAPS and INMS instruments, and helped guide software projects still used in the Cassini mission. Dr. Bass was part of the science team on the Mars '98 Mars Polar Lander. She came to JPL in 2001 working as the Science Operations System Engineer and then Deputy Science Team Chief for the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) project. After MER prime mission, she moved to the Phoenix Project where she worked as the Science Systems Engineer and later the Deputy Project Scientist.
- Gwyn Morasko
Project Engineer, Honeywell International Inc.
Oct 20th, 2011
Seminar 4:00PM-5:00PM, Bianchi Planetarium
Ms. Gwyndolyn Morasko has over twenty seven years of engineering and management experience in applied research and development, systems engineering, program management, and customer and product support related to aerospace mechanical systems and components. Ms. Morasko received her BA in Mathematics from Carroll College, Montana in 1982, and her MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1984, where her focus and thesis were in Aeronautical Engineering. At the beginning of her career at Honeywell, she worked directly with NASA for several years in the pre-proposal and proposal stages of the International Space Station, and co-authored a paper with NASA on waste water recovery and life support of the astronauts. She then moved to McDonnell Douglas Space Systems as the Subcontract Technical Manager for numerous Space Station thermal control and life support subsystems. In 1994, Ms. Morasko returned to Honeywell and took on various program management roles on numerous programs over the next fourteen years (Fuel Cell programs, Space Station, F22, Joint Strike Fighter, and Learjet aircraft platforms.) Ms. Morasko is currently working in Honeywell 's Customer and Product Support organization where she is the Senior Principle Product Support Engineer for all mechanical systems on the Airbus aircraft platforms. She is PMP (Project Management Professional) certified, and has been an active member of the Carroll College Engineering Advisory Board since 2004.