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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will host engineer Mai Lee Chang, who worked for NASA, as part of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science Feb. 11.

Opportunities for women and girls to get involved in STEM will be showcased at the free event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom, Room 227.

A Community Resource Fair during the first hour will provide opportunity to learn about organizations and ways to get involved on and beyond campus.

Chang, the keynote speaker, will present a talk and audience question and answer session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Chang is a doctoral candidate in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Texas-Austin. Her research goal is to create algorithms that enable robotic teammates to reason about task performance and fairness to achieve long-lasting human-robot partnerships.

Chang, a graduate of Oshkosh North High School, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Madison, before working as an engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

The UWO event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Face masks will be required.

“We hope folks from all three campuses and the greater community will join us in celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science,” said Alicia Johnson, director of the UWO Women’s Center, event co-sponsor. “While there have been great advancements in terms of access and opportunity for women and girls in STEM fields, much work remains, particularly for women and girls who navigate multiple systems of oppression. The keynote will be hosted in a hybrid format. For those attending the event in person, there will also be a community resource fair for folks to learn about opportunities for women and girls to get involved in STEM and to learn about ways to support the Hmong community. Come to learn and get involved!”

Virtual link (keynote and Q&A)

The event will be recorded. It will be posted to the UWO Women’s Center YouTube page.

Robotics at Oshkosh North H.S.

On Thursday, Feb. 10, Chang will visit the Fab Lab at Oshkosh North High School. The Wave Robotics Team is hosting a Hmong Community Night 6-7 p.m. Mai Lee will tour of the Fab Lab and answer questions from the team.