Women in Engineering

Women in Engineering Chicago Chapter

The Women in Engineering (WIE), Chicago Affiliate of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) serves women engineering and computer professionals in the twelve counties of the greater Chicago area. As part of the Chicago Section, the WIE Chapter provides a local interface to the worldwide network of the IEEE. In addition, the WIE organizes technical presentations, social events, and networking opportunities of interest to women engineering professionals.


IEEE Women in Engineering




Date: June 19, 2017 (Monday), 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location:  Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, 18th Floor, Chicago, IL 60654



5:30-6:00pm: Networking

6:00-7:00pm: Presentation by Lexi Valasek: “Cultivating Diversity with User-Centered Design”

7:00-8:30pm: Demonstrations, Research Space Tour, Reception on the Merchandise Mart roof top deck




“Putting the consumer first” is a buzzword frequently used throughout many industries, but the reality is that the user is often an afterthought amidst a myriad of other considerations. Technologists and designers can easily lose sight of who will consume their product or service, or think their offering might only satisfy a specific type of user. Applying a design thinking approach ensures the right user is the focus, and shared responsibility for this process is crucial to its success.


Speaker Biography:


Originally hailing from Philadelphia, Lexi moved to Illinois to pursue a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. Upon graduating, she started her career as an IT Consultant for Accenture, specializing in user adoption of new collaboration tools and restructuring a claims adjudication system for a healthcare insurance company. Lexi returned to Northwestern to receive a M.S. in Engineering Design and Innovation and, while no longer a practicing engineer, turned her focus on the needs of the end user.  As a design researcher, she is motivated by learning about people’s behavior, understanding what people want, and utilizing her problem-solving skills to improve people’s daily touch points.


The event is free and open to everyone, but registration is required due to security in the building. Please register using the link


My name is Lisa Schoedel and I am the Chair of Women in Engineering Chicago Chapter. After working as an electronics engineer for McDonnell Douglas and as an environmental engineer for Shell Oil Company, I became an attorney, now working at the law firm of Jenner & Block LLP.

I am energized and motivated to bring quality programs to our membership. Since my appointment, I have organized meetings discussing innovation, the importance of a Professional Engineering license, promoting women in the work place, and other programs focused on careers of female engineers. Please check this webpage and the IEEE Chicago Section Calendar for future meeting details.

I am always looking for new meeting ideas and would love to hear from you. I can be reached at Lisa.Schoedel.US@ieee.org.