Episode 17 – Cassie Polman

Cassie is an electrical engineer, working in substation design at a consulting firm. She moved into engineering management after getting a master’s degree in Science and Technology Management. Cassie shares her experiences and perspectives and the importance of women supporting each other and the importance of mentors.

Episode Notes

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check

How many pounds of chemicals do women absorb into their bodies in a lifetime from wearing makeup? Up to 5 pounds PER YEAR. (https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/if-you-wear-make-your-body-could-be-absorbing-5-lbs-chemicals-year)

What makeup chemicals does Canada bans vs. what US bans? Health Canada has banned or restricted the use of over 500 chemical ingredients for use in cosmetic products. These chemicals can be found on Canada’s Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist. (http://www.preventcancernow.ca/the-story-of-cosmetics-–-what’s-canada’s-story/). In comparison, the U.S. FDA has only banned or restricted 11 chemicals from cosmetics. (http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/regulations/international-laws/)

PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Options) – Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows public and nonpublic students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades to earn college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college nonsectarian courses at eligible postsecondary institutions. (https://education.mn.gov/MDE/fam/dual/pseo/)

60 Cycle – The utility frequency(power) line frequency (American English) or mains frequency (British English) is the nominal frequency of the oscillations of alternating current (AC) in a wide area synchronous grid transmitted from a power station to the end-user. (wikipedia)

Embedded Systems – An embedded system is a combination of computer hardware and software designed for a specific function or functions within a larger system. The systems can be programmable or with fixed functionality. (https://internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com/definition/embedded-system)

Women make up 20% of engineering graduates, but it’s been estimated that nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees either quit or never enter the profession. Clearly, some elementary and high school reforms are working, but those at the college level are not.(https://hbr.org/2016/08/why-do-so-many-women-who-study-engineering-leave-the-field)

1 in 5 Americans doubt a woman can win the presidency. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/01/23/one-five-women-doubt-that-woman-can-win-presidency/)

The top seven countries with the best COVID response are led by women (https://www.forbes.com/sites/avivahwittenbergcox/2020/04/13/what-do-countries-with-the-best-coronavirus-reponses-have-in-common-women-leaders/#1be37eff3dec). The four large countries where coronavirus cases have recently been increasing fastest are Brazil, the United States, Russia and Britain. And they have something in common. They are all run by populist male leaders who cast themselves as anti-elite and anti-establishment. (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/briefing/coronavirus-populist-leaders.html)

CCL (Center For Creative Leadership) – http://www.ccl.org

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