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Local resident to lead Argonne's Women in Science and Technology Program

Giselle Sandi-Tapia, Argonne's Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Program Initiator.

Giselle Sandi-Tapia, Argonne's Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Program Initiator.

Giselle Sandi-Tapia has been selected to lead Argonne's Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Program. As program initiator, she will be responsible facilitating current WIST programs and establishing future activities. This two-year position is filled by a research and development staff member, who devotes 25 percent of their time to the program,

"Giselle will be an excellent leader and role model," said Kawtar Hafidi, her WIST predecessor and an Argonne physicist. "Her strong commitment to mentoring and service will be of benefit everyone at the laboratory, male and female alike and her efforts will only continue to improve our workplace."

Giselle Sandi-Tapia received a PhD in electrochemistry and joined Argonne as a postdoctoral appointee in 1994. She has led fundamental research in the area of energy storage, materials for hydrogen storage and electrocatalytic membranes. In 2007, she became the first lab-wide postdoctoral program coordinator, which has been recognized as one of the best in the country. Currently, Giselle works in Argonne's Chemical Science and Engineering division conducting research in nuclear forensics, nanoscale engineering and materials for energy storage.

In 2011, she was honored by the UChicago Argonne LLC Board of Governors with the Pinnacle of Education Award for her contributions and leadership in establishing Argonne's postdoc program, she is also the recipient of the 2004 Luminary Award for Excellence in Science, Engineering, and Leadership, granted by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) as well as several awards from the Chicago Chapter of the Electrochemical Society.

She is also a founding member of Argonne's Hispanic Latino Club and has been an active member of WIST since joining the laboratory.

"I am so honored and excited to have this opportunity and to work with such a dedicated community", said Sandi-Tapia. "I look forward to working together and leveraging the strengths of Argonne's diverse workforce."

Argonne's WIST program was created in 1990 to recruit, retain and develop women in an effort to diversify and strengthen the laboratory's scientific workforce. Through WIST, the laboratory strives to encourage and develop the full potential of women in science and technology and supports several outreach efforts, including: Science Careers in Search of Women conference, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Friday First Forum, and a variety of workshops, seminar and lectures.

Giselle Sandi-Tapia and her family live in Glen Ellyn.

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