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Mentoring Program

The HSI-STEM Females in STEM mentorship program is in its second year, and we are proud to be working with six talented professional woman in the Valley. Throughout the academic year, the mentors and mentees will work closely with each other to strengthen the student’s professional development.

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2020-2021 Mentors

  • Melissa Ng is a Mechanical Engineer at Sandia Labs. Melissa began her educational career at Ohlone College, and received her Bachelor of Science from UC Davis in Mechanical Engineering.
    • Melissa wants to serve as a mentor because she wants to give back to community college students, and help coach them in their journey. This is Melissa's second year serving as a mentor in our program.
  •  Zebib Teklyes holds masters in Construction Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Zebib is a project manager at Sand Hill Construction Management, and in speaking with her, I could hear the enthusiasm and energy in her voice regarding being a mentor and helping students navigate the professional landscape. This is Zebib's second year serving as a mentor.
  • Melissa Kirven-Brooks is a Lockheed Martin Fellow who is a Senior Staff Reseach Scientist. Melissa holds a PhD from MIT in Applied Biologoical Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brown University. This is Melissa's second year serving as a mentor for this program.
  • Sabine Tauben is a Senior Engineering Manager at Maxar, formerly known as SSL (Space Systems Loral). Sabine holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida, and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from University of San Francisco
  • Sabrina Hussien is an Architecural Designer at Flad Architects. Sabrina holds a Master of Architecture, and a Master of City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, and she received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture form Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Sophie Quynn is an R&D engineer at Sandia National Labs. She uses machine learning and virtualization to build tools that help cyber analysts catch bad guys. Previously, she’s done data analysis and visualization for California policy makers and have some research experience in the exciting, but decidedly more abstract, field of combinatorial mathematics. Sophie graduated from UC Davis with a math degree focused on data science and computation and founded UCD’s first AI student organization. Passionate about diversifying tech, she’s taught for Girls Who Code and given AI workshops for Expanding Your Horizons.