Women Engineers You Should Know: Cassi Janakos

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This article is part of SWE Magazine’s Spring 2018 Issue.

Women Engineers You Should Know: Cassi Janakos
Cassi Janakos

An advocate for women in the workplace and a staunch supporter of women in engineering, Cassi Janakos co-founded Healthy Horizons in 2015, a Silicon Valley start-up and pioneer in workplace breastfeeding innovations. The company operates in every major city across the United States and has an impressive customer list of Fortune 500 companies.

Healthy Horizons provides employers with lactation products and services, making it easier for breastfeeding mothers to keep their jobs. The mother’s room setup and maintenance includes hospital-grade breast pumps, along with breastfeeding, baby care, and back-to-work classes for businesses and families.

Janakos has integrated her systems engineering skills into all phases of the operation, developing software tools, creating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant online education, and rolling out upgrades across the company. Through the company’s social responsibility program, she helped distribute 1,800 breast pumps to low-income mothers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She leads SWE’s Region A as governor and has been active in the Society since her student days. Janakos holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; a B.S. in business management economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz; and an M.S. in management science and engineering from Stanford University.

Prior to starting Healthy Horizons, Janakos was a systems engineer with Lockheed Martin. She was named a SWE Distinguished New Engineer in 2017.

Who Are the Women Engineers We Should Know?

women engineersQuite often, those who are behind the scenes and out of the limelight make real change in the workplace and in our communities. It is our intention to recognize such women and make their efforts better known in our SWE Magazine series “Women Engineers You Should Know.”

Casting a wide net, SWE Magazine staff and editorial board members seek contemporary women whose lives have embodied the Society’s mission to: “Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force for improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.”

Through a variety of means, including fielding suggestions and conducting archival research, we will examine the stories of many women who have made a difference in these critical areas. Determining a final list is a daunting challenge, and our selections are in no way meant to be definitive. While some names you may recognize, many are not recognizable to most people. From a variety of perspectives, in different environments and moments in time, these women represent “ordinary” when doing “extraordinary” things. In saluting them, we are saluting all the women, known and unknown, past and present, who have advanced our mission.

Nominate women engineers to know for our next article. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 28, 2018. Submit nominations here.

With each submission, please include the following.

  • Nominee info: name, why her, links supporting your nomination, areas of expertise, where is she located
  • Nominator info: name, email, how you know the nominee

Thanks for your help, and look for the Spring 2019 issue of SWE Magazine.