Meet our Leadership Team:

                          Chief Executive Officer (Founder) Kristen Railey is the CEO of Girls Who Build and is responsible for the strategic direction of the course development, marketing, finance, and overseeing the flagship event at MIT. Kristen is also a PhD student in mechanical engineering in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program and a joint National Defense Science and Engineering and Draper Labs fellow. Previously, Kristen was a technical staff member in the undersea group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT.

                          Chief Executive Officer (Founder)

Kristen Railey is the CEO of Girls Who Build and is responsible for the strategic direction of the course development, marketing, finance, and overseeing the flagship event at MIT. Kristen is also a PhD student in mechanical engineering in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program and a joint National Defense Science and Engineering and Draper Labs fellow. Previously, Kristen was a technical staff member in the undersea group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT.

                                  Chief Operating Officer Kate Byrd is the COO of Girls Who Build and is responsible for coordinating the logistics of our flagship Girls Who Build event at MIT as well as leading the team of volunteers.  In addition to her role at Girls Who Build, Kate is an Assistant Technical Staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where she works on a range of radio frequency hardware projects. Previously, she received her B.S. in Bioengineering from Clemson University. During her time on campus, she also worked for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) department developing curricula representative of each engineering field, piloting the new material in rural middle schools, and mentoring first generation college students in engineering.  

                                  Chief Operating Officer

Kate Byrd is the COO of Girls Who Build and is responsible for coordinating the logistics of our flagship Girls Who Build event at MIT as well as leading the team of volunteers.  In addition to her role at Girls Who Build, Kate is an Assistant Technical Staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where she works on a range of radio frequency hardware projects. Previously, she received her B.S. in Bioengineering from Clemson University. During her time on campus, she also worked for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) department developing curricula representative of each engineering field, piloting the new material in rural middle schools, and mentoring first generation college students in engineering.

 

                               Chief Technology Officer Leslie Watkins is the CTO of Girls Who Build and is responsible for developing new creative engineering courses, exploring the latest new technologies and researching effective STEM education techniques. She currently lives in Los Angeles and is a Software Engineer at Google Venice, where she develops delightful features for Android and Chrome OS.  Leslie Watkins earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Math and Physics from North Carolina State University, and her master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

                               Chief Technology Officer

Leslie Watkins is the CTO of Girls Who Build and is responsible for developing new creative engineering courses, exploring the latest new technologies and researching effective STEM education techniques. She currently lives in Los Angeles and is a Software Engineer at Google Venice, where she develops delightful features for Android and Chrome OS.  Leslie Watkins earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Math and Physics from North Carolina State University, and her master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

The curriculum and workshop were made possible by the MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Community Outreach initiativeSolidWorks, and the Society of Women Engineers. Behind its success was a team of volunteers:

Cameras: Jessica Johnson, Kelly Geyer, Elizabeth Kramer, Kat Kononov, Elizabeth Salesky, Christine Cunningham, Christine Weston, Meredith Drennan, Anthony Matt, Katherine Rosenfeld, Christina Prested, Elise Spedden, Kate Showers, Elizabeth Astle, Bob Schulein, Sarah Lichtman, Dan Schuette, Jennifer Sloboda, Gavin Lund, Carol Carveth, Alex Lorman, Jing Wang,  Sara James, Bich Vu, Paige Connelly, Chiamaka, Rich Marino, Phil McKinley, Carrie Seiberling, Chelsea Peragallo,  Jessamyn Liu,  Shannon Roberts,  Karine Marino, Richard Marino, Kristin Dahl, Julie Arloro-Mehta,  Daniela Bourges, Ben Waltuch,  Susan Cass, Alicia Laduke, Dave Granchelli, Yari Rodriguez, Nicole Woon, Barbara Hughey, Leslie Watkins, Olivia Glennon, Elaine Lee, Tom Greaves, Kris Clark, Uyanga Tsedev, Lisa Baer, Jon Barron, John Vivilecchia, Rob Elkind

Wearable Tech: Leslie Watkins, David Scott, Elisabeth Astle, Mike Gibson, Katy Olesnavage, Kimberlee Chang, Cathy Loiselle, Emily Peterson, Robin Havener, Kelly Lafayette, John Solman, Emily Clements, Elizabeth Lukas, Christina Epstein, Owen Guldner, Molly Park, Gavin Lund, Jennifer Falciglia, Debbie Hamilton, Damas Limoge, Dave Granchelli, Chiamaka Porter, Bakari Hassan, Clark Wood, Ninoshka Singh, Cheryl Blomberg, Alexis Prasov, Michelle Jackson, Carole Sundius, Meredith Kelly, Alexandra Berkoff, Allie Stanzione, Carole Sundius, Kimberlee Chang, Christine Chen, Corinna Ellis, Derek Varga, Ed Lyvers, Emily Grosse, Emily Peterson, Elizabeth Kramer, Erin O'connor, Ilya Prigozhin, Jessica Kesner, Joan Boegel, Kendra Kratkiewicz, Lorraine Bernard, Lynne Adamian, Maja Milosavljevic, Richard Marino, Melissa Phelan, Michelle Jackson, Meredith Kelly, Roberta Merino, Sarah Nelson, Sarah Klein, Shannon Roberts, Fred Solman, Suresh Damodaran, Anthony Matt, Tim Wells, Keith Hinrichs, Reagan Middlebrook, Rob Elkind, Bhanu Vadhera, Alyssa Mensch, Elizabeth Kowalski, Rick Frederickson, Olga Mikulina, Jing Wang, Era Vuksani, Fred Waugh, Julie Arloro-Mehta, Todd Brick, Danielle Class