Nancy Davis, UTC Vice President and Chief Information Officer, recently delivered the keynote address at Trinity College’s “ Science for the Greater Good ” panel series. As a prominent Trinity science alumna, Davis was chosen to be a part of the campus’ lecture series to talk about her work and mentor students.
“STEM education is foundational to innovation. The rate of change continues to grow exponentially, which is very exciting, and that’s your opportunity to embrace technology and apply it in an innovative way that nobody can imagine today, yet can become essential to modern living 20 or 30 years from now,” Davis said.
Davis was accompanied by Pete Bradley, Pratt & Whitney Fellow, High Performance Computing & Modeling, and ’87 Trinity College graduate, who spoke about the innovations occurring at Pratt & Whitney and offered his advice to students attending the lecture.
“Whatever your field, wherever you decide to go, if you’re doing it right, it shouldn’t feel easy. Just be aware that some of the greatest opportunities are found in some of those days that look the darkest,” Bradley said.
Alison Draper, Director, Science Center, Trinity College, organizes the “Science for the Greater Good” lecture series and was eager to welcome both Davis and Bradley back to their alma mater.
“It was an amazing honor to have Nancy Davis and Peter Bradley come back to Trinity to talk about how their work at UTC relates to the theme of our lecture series, ‘Science for the Greater Good.’ They gave an engaging presentation and later in the day, Nancy provided close mentoring for a number of young women students pursuing engineering. The students were incredibly moved by Nancy's story and eager to get her advice. We are fortunate to have them both as part of the Trinity community,” Draper said.
The lecture was attended by dozens of students from a variety of years and different science disciplines. Jessica Voight, a sophomore studying biomedical engineering at Trinity College, was excited to attend this “Science for the Greater Good” series and networking dinner after hearing that Davis would be the keynote speaker.
“I heard that Nancy was going to be speaking to us, and Alison encouraged me to hear from a female engineer. I’m also in the Society of Women Engineers, so once I heard about this opportunity, I promoted the lecture in my club,” Voight said.
“If I think about IT for the ‘greater good’ and beyond, engagement in the community is an area that inspires us at UTC. Engaging with the community and applying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills is essential to our future. Our UTC employees are committed to this. We participate in many STEM activities – like FIRST Robotics and Junior Achievement,” Davis said.
The primary goal of UTC’s support of STEM-related fields is to inspire and support young people interested in careers in mathematics, science and engineering. This is directly aligned with UTC’s philanthropic goal of developing future engineers, researchers and finance professionals.
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