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We have a wonderful episode for you this month with two women breaking the mould.
Jayshree Seth was appointed 3M’s first Chief Science Advocate using her scientific knowledge, technical expertise, and professional experience to advance science and communicate the importance and benefits of science in everyday life.
She is the author of: “The Heart of Science: Engineering Footprints, Fingerprints, & Imprints” and “The Heart of Science: Engineering Fine Print”.
We are also joined by Professor Linda Doyle, another polymath and paradigm-busting change advocate. Professor Doyle has been combining creative arts practices with Engineering for many years and she has recently been elected as the first woman in the role of Provost for Trinity College Dublin.
When she was young, Jayshree said that she wouldn’t have opted for STEM as a career for herself, thinking that she was not the science type. She said: “I was fortunate that my unique circumstances meant that I pursued it nonetheless and here I am today – a corporate scientist, the highest level at 3M, with 72 patents and many products and technologies that I’ve been a part of developing. I’m also the company’s first ever global chief science advocate. So, our paths can be as diverse as we all are, and science is better off for that diversity.”
Jayshree said that she was honoured to be featured in 3M’s Not the science type docuseries, created to foster conversations around shattering stereotypes in science.
She said: “This shows that we can all be the science type. It doesn’t matter about your race, ethnicity, age or nationality – you can blaze trails, you can pursue your passions, you can bring in your interests and shape your career. Your potential is exponential.”
Dr Linda Doyle was appointed the 45th Provost of Trinity College Dublin by staff and student representatives, coming into office on August 1, 2021. The Provost is the Chief Officer of the university responsible to the Board and ultimately to the State for the performance of the university.
She served previously as Trinity’s Dean & Vice President of Research (2018-2020) and was the founding Director of CONNECT – the Science Foundation Ireland research centre for future communication networks. Before that, she was Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Value Chain Research (CTVR).
Prior to her appointment as Provost, Linda was Professor of Engineering and The Arts in Trinity. Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices.
She has raised over €70 million in research funding and has published widely in her field. Linda has a reputation as an advocate for change in spectrum management practices and has played a role in spectrum policy at the national and international level. She has served as Chair of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK and has been a member of the Open Research Europe Scientific Advisory Board.
She was formerly a Director of Xcelerit and Software Radio Systems Ltd (SRS), two spin-out companies from CTVR. Linda has published extensively and has given over 100 keynotes and invited talks at various events globally.
Combining creative arts practices with engineering for many years, she founded the Orthogonal Methods Group (OMG) a research initiative in CONNECT that works in critical and creative tension with technology with the purpose of generating knowledges, insights and alternative research orientations across disciplines that are sometimes perceived to be mutually exclusive.
She serves on the Board of Science Gallery International (SGI), and served previously on the Board of the Festival of Curiosity, a STEM outreach activity for children based on a city-centre yearly science festival.
Linda has also served as Chair of the Board of the Douglas Hyde Gallery (2013-2021), as a member of the Board of Pallas Project Studios, KTH Sweden Scientific Advisory Board, and the Board of the Wireless Innovation Forum.
As well as her contributions to research and the arts, she is an active advocate for women in engineering and computer science. She has been involved in numerous initiatives such Girls in Tech, Teen Turn, and HerStory.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering (BE) from University College Cork and an MSc, PhD, and PGDIP STATS from Trinity College Dublin. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford.
Linda is a native of Togher in Cork and attended Togher Girls National School and St Angela’s College.
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