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Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Where: Garden City Public Library

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Michelle C DionisiO,P.E.

Structural EngineeR


Thornton Tomasetti

Michelle Dionisio, P.E. is a structural engineer, with nearly 15 years of experience from high-rise building design to existing building renovation work.  She is currently an Associate at Thornton Tomasetti (TT), an international consulting firm, and has been with TT for the full length of her career.  Michelle holds a BS (2003) and MS (2004) from Villanova University and was a graduate of the Garden City High School (1999).  Currently, she is back living in Garden City with her husband and three young sons.  Michelle has always taken an interest in both STEM education and women in STEM conversations.  Through her career, she has participated in the ACE Mentor Program (­), an organization that educates high school students on architecture, construction, and engineering. She is also a member of “Women at TT”, and internal program that focuses on women’s roles, issues, and advancements within the firm and within the industry.



Jennifer Schmidt, Ph.D.

neuroscience researcher and consultant

NeuroJenic Consulting, LLC

Jennifer Schmidt, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist with over 20 years of research experience in diverse areas of neuroscience and 25 publications in leading research journals.   She received her B.S. (2000) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her M.S. (2005) and Ph.D. (2006) from Yale University.  She did her post-doctoral training and led a small research team in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Greengard at the Rockefeller University from 2006-2013.  After a short break from the lab when her second of three sons was born, Jennifer returned to science in 2016, founded “NeuroJenic Consulting, LLC” and began writing, editing, and strategic consulting for companies developing treatments for neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases.  Currently, Jennifer lives in Garden City with her husband (a fellow neuroscientist) and three boys.  In addition to her career, she is an active member of the PTA, curriculum and STEAM advisory committees and is a strong advocate of STEAM education for all ages.

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