St. Joan Antida High School students participate in Hidden Figures of Milwaukee event
St. Joan Antida High School students participate in Hidden Figures of Milwaukee event

Hidden Figures of MKE offer inspiration

Posted by: Milwaukee School of Engineering

Inspired by the popular movie Hidden Figures, MSOE and the Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee collaborated to host "Hidden Figures of MKE," a community talk back with Milwaukee-area STEM professionals.

From left, Sheila Washburn, Ethel Davenport, Dr. Mary Spencer, LaTasha Langdon and Alkatrine Patterson IyaseleThe event featured a panel discussion with MSOE alumnae LaTasha Langdon '00, IT project manager for FIS, and Alkatrine Patterson Iyasele '83, mathematics instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College as well as Ethel Davenport, nurse education coordinator at Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, and Sheila Washburn, program director of applications development, GE Healthcare. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Mary Spencer '82, MSOE director of career services.

(Hidden Figures of MKE, from left, Sheila Washburn, Ethel Davenport, Dr. Mary Spencer, LaTasha Langdon and Alkatrine Patterson Iyasele)

SJA students, from left, Jeriah Allen, Shayla Jones, Jada Barnes

Students from St. Joan Antida High School joined members of the Women's Fund and others from the community for this intergenerational conversation. The panelists candidly addressed questions about the challenges they face in their careers and how they have successfully climbed the career ladder. They drew comparisons between their own lives and what the women in Hidden Figures experienced, and offered advice to those in attendance.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 97% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.


(SJA students, from left, Jeriah Allen, Shayla Jones and Jada Barnes)

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