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Jul 26 2013

Girl Scouts of Nassau County Names NYIT Dean to New STEM Advisory Committee

Old Westbury, N.Y. (July 26, 2013) - Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., the first female dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and long an advocate for women pursuing education and career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, has been named to the new STEM Advisory Committee formed by the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Nassau County.  

Anid is also an active proponent of K-12 education that encourages girls to experience the thrill of discovery and design through STEM projects. 

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has found that girls begin to lose interest in STEM subjects early in their education, often by third grade; as a result, women are vastly underrepresented in STEM fields. Young girls must be encouraged to pursue and remain in STEM fields as the number of careers requiring STEM knowledge expands.

"We are delighted to have Dr. Anid on the GSNC STEM Advisory Board," said Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director/CEO of Girl Scouts of Nassau County. "Her expertise and passion for the sciences as well as a commitment to empowering girls will be a real asset to the Committee."

By raising STEM awareness, and with a goal to increase the number of girls and young women pursuing education and careers in STEM, Anid and her fellow Advisory Committee members will help to:

  • Review Girl Scout of Nassau County's current STEM programming and recommend improvements and enhancements
  • Help launch GSUSA's STEM Imagine program for girls ages 13 to 17
  • Coordinate a STEM conference for girls in 2014
  • Create STEM "Boxes to Go" -- a new tool for girls to do hands-on STEM exploration
  • Support Girl Scouts of Nassau County's ongoing STEM Activities

“It is my honor and privilege to serve on the Girl Scouts of Nassau County's Board of Directors' STEM Advisory Committee and to help inspire and engage young girls in STEM fields,” Anid said. 

Participation in this STEM Advisory Committee is the latest demonstration of her long-standing commitment to this cause; some of Anid’s other distinctions include:    

  • In February, she was named one of the Top 25 individuals to receive the first-ever Advocates for Science and Technology Award by the Science Museum of Long Island.
  • Anid was invited to serve on the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum's Education Department STEM Advisory Committee with an objective to refine and expand the museum's existing science curriculum to better serve its audience.
  • She participated in a panel discussion at the Cradle of Aviation Museum (Garden City, N.Y.) in honor of Women's History Month (March 2013), to help inspire young women to seek careers in underrepresented STEM areas in science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Supporting platforms that encourage girls to design and build STEM projects through Connect-to-Tech high school technology and engineering showcases held at NYIT in 2012 and 2013.
  • She also is an active member of the Engineering Deans Council STEM Committee of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE); the Long Island Regional Council’s Education and Workforce Committee; the New York State STEM Education Collaborative; and is co-chair of the LI STEM Engineering and Architecture Regional Industry Council.

At NYIT, Dean Anid oversees 77 engineering and computing sciences faculty members and approximately 1,700 graduate and undergraduate students at campuses located in Manhattan and Old Westbury, N.Y., the Middle East, and China.  She earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH-Stockholm). Prior to joining NYIT, she was chair and graduate program director of the Chemical Engineering Department at Manhattan College.

About Girl Scouts of Nassau County
GSNC is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with almost 20,000 girl and 7,000 adult members across Nassau County. GSNC is a leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information visit gsnc.org.

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 13,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.

Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 95,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.


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