EP 131: APAHM 2021 – Past SWE President Gloria Montano on Assimilation and Self-Acceptance
In our second Diverse episode during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2021, Dr. Vidya Chamundeswari, a member of SWE’s Asian Connections Affinity Group leadership team, speaks with Gloria Montano, SWE’s first Asian American president (1997-1998). Listen as Gloria speaks about her Filipino roots and American assimilation, transitioning from Silicon Valley to the nonprofit sector, changes in SWE governance and leadership since her presidency, and more.
Gloria Montano has over 30 years of experience related to engineering in the private sector, non-profit sector, and post-secondary administration. Her experience includes a long history of volunteer work with North American organizations dedicated to diversifying participation in engineering.
That experience compelled Gloria to leave the high-tech sector and earn a Master of Education degree and then work in administrative roles in the faculty of engineering at a Canadian university.
Now in her post-salary phase, Gloria serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Science and Engineering Newfoundland & Labrador (WISE NL) as Treasurer and Past President. She continues to seek to broaden discussion on the role women play in the identification, development and distribution of technology-based solutions.
Gloria is a national Past President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in the US. In addition to WISE NL and SWE, Gloria served on the Boards of Directors for the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT), the National Center for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (WiSTEM), and the Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI NL). She is the creator of “CareerLinks: Smart Choices for Women” and served on the NSERC Awards for Science Promotion/PromoScience Selection Committee, the Editorial Board of SWE Magazine, and the Industry Advisory Committee for the NSF-sponsored Model Institutions for Excellence at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Gloria is a Fellow of SWE and the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She also received the Distinguished New Engineer Award from SWE, the Chairman’s Achievement Award from Mentor Graphics, and the Outstanding Service Award from Silicon Compilers Incorporated.
Ms. Montano holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master of education at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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