Current STEM status in schools & workplace applications
Featuring an exciting panel discussion with Erandi De Silva, PhD, Co-Founder Forge Biologics, focusing on gene therapies; Alexis McQueen, Program Facilitator JPMorgan Chase & Co. Girls Who Code; Anne Baldwin, Westerville City Schools, Career Tech & College Readiness Coordinator; Karen Lint, Chief Operations Officer, Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc. Facilitated by Carrie Ghose, Staff Reporter at Columbus Business First.
Erandi De Silva
Erandi De Silva, PhD, is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Product Development of Forge Biologics. She is an experienced scientist and entrepreneur, with 10+ years of experience in discovery research, therapeutic development, and partnering across oncology, infectious disease, and gene therapy. Prior to founding Forge, she held leadership roles in both academic and industry settings, including at Myonexus Therapeutics. Dr. De Silva received her BS, with honors, from Stanford University, and earned a PhD in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, where she was awarded the Procter Fellowship in recognition of exceptional research. She was also a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Genentech.
Karen Lint received her BS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University in 1985. She worked as a project engineer for several years at the General Dynamics Electronics (GDE) Division in San Diego and in Columbus, OH. At GDE, Karen transitioned from a software engineer to a project engineer responsible for the design, development, and integration of test programs for the B-1B Automatic Test Equipment.
In 1990, Karen joined Lake Shore, where she has held senior positions in Manufacturing and Marketing, serving as the Director of Marketing Communications, Director of Quality, and VP of Operations. As COO, Karen is currently responsible for IT, manufacturing, procurement, and logistic activities for the company. She has been instrumental in improvements to the company?s manufacturing and quality systems with Lake Shore achieving certification to ISO 9001:1994 in 1998, ISO 9001:2000 in 2003, and ISO 9001:2008 in 2010.
Karen also served as the project manager for the company?s transition to a new ERP system in 2014. This new system allows Lake Shore the flexibility required for growth in its endeavors to provide quality products and services to its diverse international customer base. The system provides for more efficient processes in customer-facing methods, new product design, quality systems for manufacturing, shop floor management, inventory controls, supplier relationship management, and financial planning.
She also serves as Secretary of the Board of Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc., and in the local community, Karen has been a member of Rotary International and the Westerville Sunrise Club, and more recently served on the City of Westerville?s Community Planning Committee.
Anne Baldwin is the Career Tech and College Readiness Coordinator for Westerville City Schools and has played an integral role in the development and implementation of career pathways in Westerville City Schools in Business Logistics, Engineering, and Health. Anne continues to work with classroom instructors, building leaders, career center partners, and industry partners to further develop and grow each pathway. In addition to supporting the district's Career Pathways, Anne coordinates College Credit Plus enrollment for the district and supports the secondary school counseling team.
Previous to her role in Westerville, Anne was the founding principal of the Reynoldsburg Health Sciences and Human Service Academy, one of four interest-based academies serving Reynoldsburg high school students. As principal, Anne worked collaboratively with staff to reengineer the curriculum with a STEM focus including a senior capstone experience, led the development of a unique partnership with Mount Carmel to launch an on-campus healthcare center, and successfully applied for STEM designation from the Ohio Department of Education. Anne also served as an instructional coach and Social Studies instructor at Reynoldsburg High School.
Facilitated by Carrie Ghose:
Carrie Ghose has been a reporter at Columbus Business first nearly 14 years, covering the industries of healthcare and technology, and soon to add insurance and finance. Before that she was at the AP Columbus bureau five years, and a freelancer and daily reporter in Michigan. She lives in the University District of Columbus with her husband, two kids and nutty dog.