Women Engineers You Should Know: Gloria Montano

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

Women Engineers You Should Know: Gloria Montano
Gloria Montano

With decades of involvement in efforts to diversify engineering in the United States and Canada, SWE Fellow, life member, and Past President Gloria Montano has made a difference on many levels and in many environments. Beginning with her student days at The University of Texas at El Paso, where she majored in electrical engineering and joined SWE, through many volunteer leadership roles at all levels of the organization — including 1997-1998 president — Montano has never veered from a path intent on increasing the participation of women in the profession.

Along the way, Montano also expanded that path to encompass lifelong learning and bring the benefits of technology to community — to ensure that technology works for people.

Montano left a 20-year career in Silicon Valley in 2001, after working for such companies as Mentor Graphics and Compac, to become director of the Virtual Development Center at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. There, she worked on finding new and innovative ways to in- volve women and girls in all aspects of technology.

Expanding her horizons further, and seeking new opportunity, in 2008 Montano earned a mas- ter’s in education from Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. She became president of Women in Science and Engi- neering Newfoundland and Labrador (WISE NL) and director of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT). Retiring recently, Montano remains active and committed to increasing diversity in STEM. She serves on several boards, including WinSETT, as a director.

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.