Best of the WWEST: Inspiring Women with Real Stories

Welcome to Best of the WWEST, a podcast hosted by the Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology! We believe that providing role models for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) can change the world, so come along with us as we talk to incredible women in STEM about their lives, careers, and everything in between. Episodes are released at least twice per month, so make sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or your favourite podcast provider, and never miss an episode!

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Latest Episode

Hear all about improving processes at the City of Vancouver, industrial engineering, and mentoring immigrant women in STEM in this interview with Zhila Pirmoradi, PhD.

Previous Episodes

We talk to Cole Brown, a lead front-end web developer, about her career, the future of the tech industry, and her secret superpowers.

Justine Munich, a PhD student in physics, fills us in on life in academia, her proudest moment of her career, and her role models.

Join WWEST Manager Danniele Livengood and Creating Connections 5.0 Coordinator Jenna Anderson for a recap of the biennial Creating Connections 5.0 conference.

Best of the WWEST host Danniele interviews Christiana Cheng, Research Associate at the Rick Hansen Institute.

Join Dr. Lesley Shannon as she speaks with two successful women engineers, Sandra MacDougall and Alison Anderson, in a special on-location Best of the WWEST interview in Whitehorse, YT.

Danniele speaks with Gordana Pejic, a software engineer originally from Serbia, who immigrated to Canada to receive a masters degree in Software Systems.  

This episode, we're talking to Victoria Camp, an Engineer in Training working in geological engineering at BGC Engineering Inc.

Danniele interviews Janet Fraser, PhD, BC Green Party MLA candidate and STEM professional.

WWEST Assistant Coordinator Vanessa sits down with Anne Simon, PhD - professor at the University of Maryland, prominent virologist, and long-time science advisor of the "X-Files" series.

Best of the WWEST chats with Cybele Negris, CEO of since 2000, about her most memorable career moments, work-life balance, and her dirty little secret.

As part of the President's Dream Colloquium, we welcome Dr. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College, to chat about increasing participation and support of women in STEM.

As part of the President's Dream Colloquium, WWEST manager Danniele chats with award-winning author, advocate, and speaker Shari Graydon about the participation of women experts in the media.

Fire Safety Engineering, big families, and coming to Canada from Kenya to study and work - these are all topics covered in this interview between WWEST manager Danniele and Jane Gachuche, consultant and Fire Safety Engineer in Training.

Dr. Steven Spencer, Psychology Professor and Researcher at Ohio State University, chats with Best of the WWEST about the exciting work he and others are undertaking at the Engendering Success in STEM Consortium.

We are joined by Leigh Wall, Apprentice Truck and Transport Mechanic, Student Recruiter, and Public Speaker with a passion for engaging women and girls in Trades.

As part of the President's Dream Colloquium, Danniele speaks with Dr. Danielle Gaucher all about gendered language in job advertisements.

Jo Miller chats with WWEST manager Danniele about sponsorship versus mentorship, as part of the President's Dream Colloquium.

In this interview, Negar Roghanian tells us all about her life as a PhD student in Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia, where her research focuses on developing sustainable coating for rehabilitation of corroded pipes.

Join WWEST manager Danniele for a lively interview with Angie Byron, Drupal Core Committer and open source evangelist who lives and breathes Drupal.

Rahael Jalan, PhD, joins Danniele to discuss her journey from India to Canada, where she settled to help Aboriginal youth excel in mathematics.

Best of the WWEST producer Vanessa showcases highlights from the podcast!

Holly Burton joins WWEST manager Danniele with her "awkward turns of phrase" (her words!) and fills us in on leadership coaching for women in male-dominated industries.