Beauty and Science: Insights from a Silicon Valley Engineer and Fashion Entrepreneur

Dr. Neda Cvijetic

Thursday, October 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

What is the connection between beauty and science in one’s personal and professional life? How should a woman dress fashionably in a highly-competitive, mostly male, engineering profession? Dr. Cvijetic earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, where she won numerous awards for academic and research excellence. While pursuing a successful career in high-tech industries, she is also working on launching her own women’s clothing line. During her talk, Dr. Cvijetic will share her personal journey from Serbia to the United States as a teenager, through the world of electrical engineering in industry and the academy, and now to her decision to become an entrepreneur in the fashion industry while also working in the Silicon Valley autonomous vehicles industry. She will also share with participants aspects of the women’s clothing line she is developing.

She has held senior research positions in the Broadband and Mobile Networking and Optical Networking and Sensing Departments at NEC Laboratories America in Princeton, NJ where she conducted advanced research, created intellectual property (over 20 granted U.S. patents) and authored peer-reviewed conference and journal publications (>3000 Google Scholar citations). She has also served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, where she instructed a graduate-level course on digital communications systems. Dr. Cvijetic was previously with Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, CA, focusing on advanced projects in Autopilot and Infotainment systems, and is currently with NVIDIA Corporation, Santa Clara, CA, working on Autonomous Vehicles.