About Us

Board of Directors


Dr. Monique Frize

Dr. Monique Frize


Carleton University
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Monique Frize is also Professor Emerita at University of Ottawa. She was a biomedical engineer for 18 years in hospitals (1971-1989) and a Professor since 1989. Monique Frize published over 200 papers in journals and conference proceedings on artificial intelligence in medicine, infrared imaging, ethics and women in engineering and science. She is Senior Member of IEEE, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (1992), Fellow of Engineers Canada (2010),Officer of the Order of Canada (1993) and recipient of the 2010 Gold Medal from Professional Engineers Ontario and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. She received five honourary doctorates in Canadian universities since 1992.

Monique Frize held the national Northern Telecom/NSERC Chair for women in engineering at the University of New Brunswick between December 1989 and June 1997, then the NSERC/Nortel Chair for women in science and engineering for Ontario between July 1997 and June 2002. She was a founding member of INWES (International Network of women engineers and scientists) in 2002 and its president between 2002 and 2008. In 2007, she was a founding member of the INWES Education and Research Institute, a charity organization, and is its president since 2007. Monique has published extensively on the topic of women in science and engineering over the two last decades. Her book: The Bold and the Brave: A history of women in science and engineering was released by University of Ottawa Press in November 2009.

Dr. Claire Deschênes

Dr. Claire Deschênes

University Laval
Quebec, QC, Canada

Claire Deschênes is currently professeur associée at Laval University since she retired in April 2019. In 1989, she was hired as the first woman professor in engineering at the Faculty of sciences and engineering of Laval University (Canada), where she founded the Hydraulic Machine Laboratory (LAMH), which is now internationally recognized for its research on hydraulic turbines. Dr. Deschênes is Fellow of Engineers Canada. She received in 2016 an Honorary Doctorate from University of Ottawa, to underline her scientific contribution and for having paved the way for women in Engineering.

In 2007, Claire Deschênes established the Consortium in hydraulic machines, a group of industries and academics conducting research on hydraulic turbines. On the 17th of February 2015, the Consortium received the prestigious NSERC Synergy Award for innovation – two industries or more. This award recognizes collaborations that are models of effective partnership between industry and universities or colleges. Over her career as full professor, she published more that 90 scientific papers and conferences, and over 50 graduated students and 80 undergrad students were trained in LAMH for the benefit of the Canadian industry.

Claire Deschênes was holder of one of the NSERC Chair for women in science and engineering from 1997 to 2005. As such, she was member of many boards, such as the Board of the Conseil du statut de la femme du Quebec from 2000 to 2005. She has chaired numerous boards, among others the Committee for women in engineering of the Quebec Order of engineers, from 2002 to 2007. She is co-founder of three non-profit organizations of women in S&E: Affestim, INWES-ERI and INWES.

Dr. Anna Szemik-Hojniak

Dr. Anna Szemik-Hojniak

Secretary General
University of Wroclaw
Wroclaw, Poland

Anna Szemik-Hojniak is an associate professor (Molecular Photophysics), employed at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Wroclaw (Poland). She received her Ph.D in Radiochemistry and her post-doctoral research work she conducted in Belgium [ULB(Phys. Chem)-Solvay Found, dir. Noblist, prof.I.Prigogine; KULeuven-Radiochem.(Inst.Nucl.Sci.,Belg.At.En.Com.) and France (Centr, Nucl. Res,Strasbourg-CNRS). Her scientific interest is in Time-Resolved Emission Spectroscopy (Excited State Electron and Proton Transfer) of organic compounds for high – tech and Pharmaceutical Industry. Dr Szemik performs intensive internat. scientific collaboration with the research groups from Holland (awarded by KNAW and NOW, Europ.Laser Centre), Germany (Berlin), France (Saclay), Russia and Israel. In 2005, at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Wroclaw (Poland) she opened a new Laborarory of Molecular Photophysics.

Since 1996, she participates in ICWES conferences (International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists) and during the last 9 years she served as INWES Board Director (“Distinguished Service Award”-2011). In 2007, she organized International Symposium for Women Scientists and Engineers of New EU Countries and East Europe “Strategies for a Highly Skilled Global Workforce” (Letters of Congrats from EC-Directorate of Women in Science and from the Min.Sci.High Educ,-Poland). Anna publishes both the professional papers and those on Women in Science. She cooperates with EC (Directorate “Women in Research and Innovations”) for “Science: it is a girl thing” project (Letter of Congrats from the Polish Ministry of Science and High Education).


Dr. Ruby Heap

Prof. Ruby Heap

University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Ruby Heap is Professor Emerita at University Ottawa. An historian professor at the Department of History, she served as associate vice-president research, associate dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral studies and as founding director of the Institute of Women’s Studies.

She is the University of Ottawa’s designated SSHRC Leader as well as the University’s representative at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research on the history of women in science and engineering in 20th century Canada has led to a Canada-US Fulbright Fellowship (2009) and to her recent appointment as Chair of the research committee at the INWES (International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists) Education and Research Institute.

Margaret Layne, P.E.

Peggy Layne

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA, USA

Peggy Layne, P.E., joined Virginia Tech in 2003 as director of the AdvanceVT program, a U.S. National Science Foundation sponsored program to increase the number and success of women faculty in science and engineering. She is currently Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Director of AdvanceVT in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, where her responsibilities include faculty development programming and assessment and implementation of an electronic faculty activity reporting system.

Ms. Layne has degrees in environmental and water resources engineering and science and technology studies. She spent 17 years as a consulting engineer in the fields of water and wastewater treatment and hazardous waste management. She also spent a year as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the United States Senate, where she was responsible for water, wastewater, and solid and hazardous waste policy issues for Senator Bob Graham. A registered professional engineer, Layne served as president of the Society of Women Engineers in 1996-97. She is the editor of Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers and Women in Engineering: Professional Life, published by ASCE Press in 2007.

Marina Bokovay

Marina Bokovay

University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Marina Bokovay is a professional archivist with over 10 years experience working in the fields of archives and records management.  Marina has degrees from Queen’s University, Kingston and the University of Toronto.

Marina is the current Head of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Ottawa Library, a role she has been in since April 2018. In her short time at uOttawa, she oversaw the launch of the Canadian Archive of Women in STEM initiative and the building of a new database that amalgamates information about the archives of women in STEM from across the country.   

Prior to uOttawa, Marina was the Archivist and Records Manager for Victoria University in the University of Toronto and spent 7 years with the Ontario Government before that.  

Marina has a strong interest in preserving the documentary heritage of women in Canada and ensuring that researchers are connected with the information they need.  Besides the Archive of Women in STEM initiative, Marina’s current focus is around digital records preservation and ensuring that records on legacy formats are not lost.  

Dr. Uduakobong Okon

Dr Uduakobong Aniebiat OKON

University of Uyo
Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Dr. Uduakobong Aniebiat OKON is a lecturer with the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. She is the President of INWES-ARN and President of OPAGESTE.

Dillip Pattanaik

Mallick Complex
Odisha, India

Prof. Mary Wells

Dr. Mary A. Wells

University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, Canada

Prof. Mary Wells is Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Guelph.