Keynote Speakers

Elizabeth Bierman
Elizabeth Bierman, M.S., M.B.A.
Senior Project Engineer, Honeywell International, Inc.
Elizabeth Bierman is a senior project engineer for Honeywell Aerospace in Minneapolis. She is leading several initiatives through the project engineering council to improve communication and alignment, instill a “one engineering” organization philosophy and help identify and address major issues negatively impacting project engineering effectiveness.  Elizabeth has been involved with the Society of Women Engineers since 1994.  As a professional, she aided in chartering the East Central Iowa Section and belonged to the Boston section for two years.  Elizabeth has been involved with the Minnesota section since 2003 and was section representative, vice president and president. For Region H, Elizabeth served as leadership coach, Lt Governor, and Governor.  At the society level, Elizabeth has been a member of the outreach and program development grant committee, was Chair of the Finance Committee, and served as Deputy Director of Regions.  She served on the Board of Directors as Society Secretary and President Elect and is honored to serve as President for FY15.  Elizabeth was a 2006 Distinguished New Engineer Recipient. Elizabeth has a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s in SystemsEngineering from Iowa State University, and an MBA from Bentley University. Elizabeth received her program management certification (PMP) in 2007. She is married to David, who is also an engineer, and has two daughters, Lauren and Avery.

Phyllis M. Wise, Ph.D.Phyllis Wise
Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Phyllis Wise has served as Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2011. In this role, Dr. Wise is the chief executive officer for the Urbana-Champaign campus and is responsible for all financial programs, campus policies, and priorities with the mission of ensuring a transformative educational experience for America’s next generation of leaders. Prior to joining Illinois, she spent five years as the Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Washington – stepping in to serve as the Interim President of that institution in 2010. During that time Dr. Wise was a professor of physiology and biophysics, biology, and obstetrics and gynecology.Her research career has focused on issues concerning women’s health and gender-based biology. She has been particularly interested in whether hormones influence brains of women and men during development, during adulthood and during aging. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine. She also serves on the boards of Nike, Inc., the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and First Busey, Inc.