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5 Powerful Female Engineers

Alumnae recognized for engineering, management chops.

Stanford Magazine
Stanford Magazine
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2 min readSep 12, 2018


By Jill Patton

The news website Business Insider named five Stanford alumnae to its 39 Most Powerful Female Engineers of 2018 list.

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Sylvia Acevedo, MS ’83, CEO of the Girl Scouts and a former NASA engineer, who supported the creation of new badges in robotics, coding, engineering and cybersecurity

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Noël Bakhtian, MS ’07, PhD ’12, director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at Idaho National Laboratory, which is working to solve major energy problems related to advanced manufacturing, nuclear energy, cybersecurity, supercomputing and other fields

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Yael Garten, PhD ’10, director of Siri Data Science and Analytics at Apple, who determines how Apple uses data to guide its voice assistant

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Caitlin Kalinowski, ’04, the interim head of hardware at Oculus, the Facebook division that oversees its virtual reality headset

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Deborah Liu, MBA ’02, vice president of Facebook’s Marketplace, where she runs the company’s buyer and seller platform •

Jill Patton is a senior editor at STANFORD.