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Women in Engineering & Computing Career Day

The UMass Amherst College of Engineering, in cooperation with the College of Information and Computer Sciences, is pleased to invite you to:

Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day*

Monday, October 31st, 2022
Lincoln Campus Center, UMass Amherst
8:45 am to 1:15 pm [lunch provided**]

$20 for students. Free for teachers and industry partners.

* While the event is geared towards high school girls, all genders are welcome to attend.

** Lunch will be vegetarian but NOT vegan nor gluten free. With advance notice, we will provide bag lunches to meet other dietary restrictions. Students may purchase other options at cost with chaperone permission upstairs in the campus center.

See 2022 agenda »

Breakout Activity Descriptions »


Keynote Speaker: Monique Farrell '14 BS in Chemical Engineering, native of Springfield, MA

Dr. Monique Farrell is a program manager, currently immersed in a technical leadership program at Northrop Grumman, an aerospace and defense company. In her present role, she manages the cost, schedule and performance of internal research & development and capture activities. Her focus is helping technologies to rapidly conceptualize, design, build, and sustain value-driven solutions.

Before entering the workforce, Monique began her collegiate stem career at UMASS in the fall of 2010 as part of the chemical engineering program. During this time, Monique held several research positions ranging from oral health and pharmaceutics to materials engineering. She also served on engineering society boards including chapter president of the international society of pharmaceutical engineers. Similarly, she served as the historian and chapter senator for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and National Society of Black Engineers chapters, respectively.

After obtaining her bachelors in chemical engineering, Monique went on to complete her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Norfolk State University. Post university, Dr. Farrell continues to upskill with a project management and a lean Six Sigma Black Belt certificate; while sitting on the certification board at her company. In 2020, Dr. Farrell was acknowledged across the country for her technical acumen and promise with the honor of Most Promising Engineer in Industry at the BEYA Conference in Washington, D.C. In her spare time, Monique enjoys learning about real estate and building her portfolio of financial investments. She is also a proud Caribbean American who enjoys her large family of 7 siblings.

We will be in person! 

Registration Process

  1. Register: ALL (teachers, industry collaborators, volunteers, students) should register names and school/industry information via Eventbrite here:
  2. Pay: Methods of payment are listed below. We cannot accept payment through Eventbrite. Students/Schools Only - Complete your registration by paying the $20 registration fee for each student. School may request scholarships for students — we will do our best to accommodate!  If you are confused email or call Assistant Dean Dr. Paula Rees (, 413.545.6324).
  3. Activity Selection: Breakout activity selections sign ups will be shared after soon!!!

Highlights of the Day

This event is designed specifically for high school girls interested in engineering and computing. It is most appropriate for sophomores and juniors, but freshman and seniors may also find it valuable. Up to 10 students may attend per school. While the day is targeted for high school women, all are welcome. Highlights of the day include:

  • Hands-on engineering and computing activities
  • Industry panel and exhibit tables/demonstrations of state-of-the-art technology
  • Information about career opportunities in engineering and computing
  • Opportunities to talk with alumna and current UMass students
  • Lunch
  • Opportunity to meet H.S. women like you from across the Commonwealth
  • Optional tours of engineering & computer science labs

Register Students Early! Spaces fill fast. Last day to register: October 21st or until space fills.

Link to Register:

If you are reserving a block of tickets for your school you can create a "Model Student" place holder ticket and copy that, however, ideally you will provide each:

  • Student's name
  • Personal pronouns
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Grade level

If you defer providing this at the original registration, you may go back in to update or email us the information by October 21st.

Ways to Pay Student Registration Fee:

Students are $20 each. A limited number of student scholarships are available. Chaperones (teachers / counselors) and industry exhibitors are free.

  • Day of event by cash, check (payable to UMass Amherst), or credit card 
  • On-line via credit card »
  • By Purchase Order
  • By check (payable to University of Massachusetts, Mail to - Attn: Jessica Kazmier, College of Engineering - UMass, 127 Marston Hall, 130 Natural Resources Way, Amherst, MA 01003)
  • Scholarship inquiries should be directed to Dr. Paula Rees (