For Immediate Release: March 22, 2011
By Sierra Jones, Office of Naval Research
Arlington, Va. (NNS) -- The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) chapter at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) will host former U.S. Navy salvage diver Karen Kohanowich for a Women's History Month lecture at 10 a.m., March 25, at ONR headquarters.
Kohanowich, who now serves as acting director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Undersea Research Program, will share her experiences in her talk, "From Dive Mask to AUV: Balancing the Nation's Suite of Undersea Research Tools."
"This month we have the opportunity to honor those women who have enriched our Navy and the science and technology community," said Rear Adm. Nevin Carr, chief of naval research. "Karen is one of those women. She is a trailblazer in her field and her achievements are a positive reflection of how important contributions from women have advanced the sciences, and benefitted the Navy."
Founded in 1992, WISE strives to advance women scientists and engineers in the federal service and encourage continuing education, management and executive development among women. Joan Cleveland, acting deputy director of ONR's Ocean Sensing and Systems Division, chairs the ONR chapter, which sponsors the Women's History Month lecture.
"This meeting is a great opportunity to discuss the progression of undersea technology while highlighting the achievements of a woman long involved in a male-dominated profession," said Cleveland. "I'm excited to hear about her experiences as the field of undersea technology has changed."
Since 1908, women have been an essential component of the Navy. Today's Navy is served by more than 53,000 active duty and 10,000 female reservists, making up 16 percent of the force. At ONR, women comprise nearly 45 percent of the workforce.
For more information, contact Dr. Joan Cleveland via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (703) 696-4532.
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