Women in Robotics Boston to Host Virtual Coffee Chat Panel

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At Vecna Robotics, we strive to create an environment where there are equal opportunities for all and continue to support other organizations and communities with similar goals. We are excited to share our partnership with Women in Robotics Boston for their first virtual coffee chat panel on Wednesday, July 15th at 7PM EST! Register here!

Our speakers will discuss four topics about robotics:

  • technical tools and skills,
  • the business side of the industry,
  • work-life balance, and
  • changes in the industry due to COVID.

Dharini Dhutia, Robotics Software Engineer, and Chair of the Women in Robotics’ Boston Chapter will chat with women who have both technical and non-technical roles at Vecna Robotics:

Kay Perkinson – Chief of Staff: Kay is responsible for organizing and aligning strategic priorities with members of the senior leadership team, designing and facilitating cross-company process and communications, and supporting the CEO on strategic initiatives. Kay has held a variety of non-technical roles across various industries, including solar technology, healthcare, and finance. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from Northwestern University. She lives with her husband, Jim, an Engineering Manager at Boeing, and children, Ashton, Logan, Evan, and Benjamin, at their family home in Winchester.

Zoe Snape – Product Architect – Enterprise Software: Zoe moved to Boston in 2011 to go to MIT, but never studied robotics in school. Zoe majored in computer science and took classes in cognitive science, AI, science communication, and engineering leadership. She is a product architect for the Enterprise team, supports client integrations work and works on scaling up products and platform. In her free time she loves to bake and go for long walks, and work out while watching cartoons.

Janani Mohan – Robotics Software Engineer: Janani has a Master’s degree in Robotics Engineering specializing in Swarm Robotics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Janani was previously employed as an Embedded Systems Engineer at Bosch India. The world of machines and automation has always inspired her and she enjoys making fun hobby projects. Apart from robotics, she is passionate about learning new skills and spends her free time with her plants.

Diandra Oliveira – Director of Human Resources: Diandra is responsible for implementing and executing internal programs, policies and initiatives around employee engagement and performance, diversity and inclusion, corporate training, and immigration. Diandra graduated from MIT’s Sloan School of Management with a B.S. in Management Science, and spent 3 years in a combined computer science and mechanical engineering program. As an undergraduate, she served as both President of MIT Society of Women Engineers and as a Career Fair Director. Diandra lives in Billerica with her husband, Bruno, and daughters Annalise and Carolina.

Anyone who is currently working in robotics, aspires to work in robotics, or is simply enthusiastic about robotics and the industry is encouraged to attend.

Register for the virtual panel here!

Women in Robotics Boston (WiRB) is a professional network for women who are working or aspire to work in robotics. Our community includes (but is not limited to) students, educators, promoters, and professionals in the field. We organize local networking events, technical seminars, panel discussions, and workshops.

Our aim is to inspire and enable more women to enter, survive, and grow in the field of robotics. We focus on topics ranging from skills required for different robotics jobs to ensuring equal opportunity for women in robotics. We hope to bring in successful and leading women in the field of robotics to guide and inspire young members of our community. Anyone, from any professional background who supports our cause, is welcome to the group. Join WiRB by attending any WiRB event or simply sign up on our meetingplace group!