UMass Boston Women in Science Club visits IBM Cambridge to learn about careers at IBM

On December 5th, approximately 75 UMass Boston students visited IBM’s Cambridge Innovation Center to learn about careers in research, technology and business. The 2-hour program was introduced by Professor Wei Ding, Faculty Advisor for the UMass Boston Women in Science Club, organizers of the event.  Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer at IBM gave the executive welcome and shared her experience as a first-generation American studying at the University of Kentucky and why she chose IBM as her life-long employer.  The IBMers who spoke at the event shared their educational background and career experiences during the program.  A panel of  employees that had joined IBM recently talked about transitioning from academic life into the workplace…giving the students a glimpse of what to expect after graduation. The students asked some great questions during the formal program and over lunch.  For more details on the event, read the article on the UMass Boston website.


  • Welcome – Peter Fay – IBM; Professor Wei Ding – UMass Boston
  • Executive Remarks – Frances West – Research
  • IBM Research…and what it’s like to work here – Sara Basson – Research
  • From Intern to IBM Employee: My Story – Toria Rubinstein – GBS
  • Career Opportunities/Recruiting Process/Internships – Martha McGovern – SWG
    • SWG Blue Newb Panelists: Aislinn Shea, Jennifer Chuang, Melissa Mahoney, Alexia Tanski
  • See into the Future of Cognitive Computing – Casey Dugan-Research
  • Innovation Center Tour, Demo of the Selfie Station, and Lunch



Student asks a question to one of the panelists


Students and Presenters Gather for a Group Photo


Casey Dugan from IBM gives a demo of the “Selfie Station”


Students Posing at the IBM 100 Icons of Progress


Who said a field trip to IBM Cambridge isn’t fun?


Student chats with IBMer Martha McGovern


Students chat over lunch with IBMers Aislinn Shea and Alexia Tanski

Human Ability and Accessibility Center-IBM Research

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