Women in Science

Passion For Performance

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Event Details:

Date: Friday, March 16.2018 
Time: 7:00am – 9:30am 
Venue: Cigna Conference Facilities, Two Liberty Place 3rd Floor, 

1601 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA  

Admission: $15 Members I $20 Non-members


Don't miss a rare opportunity to hear So-yeon tell her personal story, it will inspire you!

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Dr. So-Yeon Yi is South Korea’s first and only astronaut. She was selected as an astronaut in December, 2006, out of 36,000 contestants vying for the title of South Korea’s First Astronaut. On April 8, 2008, she launched into space on-board Soyuz TMA-12.During her 11-day mission at the International Space Station (ISS), Dr. Yi completed aggressive number of experiments contributing to South Korea’s science text books and science channel television lectures. During her historical return to earth on April 19, 2008, she survived a force of nearly 16-G (versus 4-G average) upon the ballistic re-entry. Due to re-entry complications, the first to welcome her return to earth were nomads in the plains of Kazakhstan.

Dr. Yi received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and her Ph.D. from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). Her Ph.D. Thesis is about DNA separating nano-chips using temporal asymmetric ratchet effect innon-uniform electric fields”. In May, 2014, Dr. Yi received her MBA with emphasis on Technology and Global Leadership at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Currently a volunteer with various STEM related organizations including The Museum of Flight and Northwest Nuclear Consortium, Dr. Yi is passionate about nurturing the next generation of leaders in STEM. When she is not busy with her global speaking engagements, she enjoys singing, playing the piano, gardening, crafts and hiking. She presently lives in Puyallup, Washington, with her husband.

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Scott Gray is the Director of Human Resources for Vertical lift within Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Scott is responsible for providing leadership in strategy development, planning, implementation, and administration of human resources and business partner initiatives. Scott was previously the Human Resources Manager for the Space Exploration division within Network and Space Systems (N&SS), during which the division was able to acquire two development programs through competitive proposal process. 
Scott began his career with McDonnell Douglas in 1989 and has spent over 28 years in the Human Resources organization. In addition to his most recent assignments, Scott has held several positions of increasing management responsibility within the company, including the Manager-Human Resources for the Florida Operations site and Checkout, Assembly, and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) contract. He also holds the distinction of being the first HR Generalist to support the Payload Ground Operations Contract (PGOC) and the International Space Station (ISS) program at the Kennedy Space Center. Prior to his service with the company, Scott played professional baseball in the Houston Astros organization. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Stetson University in Deland, Florida. Scott is married to Trina Gray and they have three children; Montgomery, Delaney, and Carson. Scott has served in various volunteer positions with Little League, Youth Soccer, and local workforce councils.