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WITI Hall of Fame

1996 Inductees


Ruth Leach Amonette Ruth Leach Amonette
First Female Vice President, IBM

Dr. Eleanor Baum Dr. Eleanor Baum
Dean of Engineering, Cooper Union Engineering school

Dr. Jaleh Daie Dr. Jaleh Daie
Managing Partner, Aurora Equity

Dr. Barbara Grant Dr. Barbara Grant
Partner, American River Ventures

Stephanie L. Kwolek Stephanie L. Kwolek
Developed the Kevlar Fiber, DuPont

Dr. Misha Mahowald Dr. Misha Mahowald
Neuromorphic Engineer, Institute of Neuroinformatics

Linda Sanford Linda Sanford
Senior VP, Enterprise on Demand Transformation & Information Technology, IBM

Dr. Cheryl L. Shavers Dr. Cheryl L. Shavers
Chairman and CEO, Global Smarts, Inc.

Dr. Sheila Widnall Dr. Sheila Widnall
Secretary of the Air Force,

Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu
Retired, Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University



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Dr. Jaleh Daie

Dr. Jaleh Daie

Managing Partner, Aurora Equity

Inducted in: 1996

Dr. Daie has extensive executive experience in private and public institutions and academia. She is managing partner at Aurora Equity, a Palo Alto-based investment company financing technology start ups. She is also Treasurer of the US Space Foundation and a member of the Band of Angels. Most recently, she was director of science and senior advisor to the president at the Packard Foundation where she provided executive and technical direction for a $120 million annual budget and managed a diversified portfolio of science and technology.

Daie has been both faculty and administrator at two major universities. While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Daie took on special assignments in Washington DC and served as science liaison to the President's National Science & Technology Council as well as serving as special assistant to the Chief Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Dept. of Commerce. She has held the positions of chairman, Council of Scientific Society Presidents (a consortium of heads of science and engineering societies representing 1.4 million members) and president, Association for Women in Science.

She joined UW-Madison as professor and senior science advisor for the 26-campus UW System. Prior to that she was recruited to Rutgers University where she was named Henry Rutgers Fellow and associate professor. At Rutgers she was promoted to full professor and chairman of her department, the first woman to be elected to the post. There, she founded and served as chief executive of a major interdisciplinary center, and as director of a university-wide graduate program. Her research resulted in numerous publications, especially molecular/cellular physiology of carbohydrate transport and metabolism in plants as well as numerous invited seminars in the U.S. and abroad.

Daie is the first women appointed to the board of directors of US Space Foundation. Her other service include White House Fellows Selection Panel, treasurer of the WFW Legacy Foundation, board of Sigma Xi, Leadership Foundation of the International Women Forum, Trustee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, founder/chair of the Women in Science & Technology, Commission on Biotechnology and Global Food Security, International Advisory Council of the Kilby Foundation, Dean's Advisory Council at University of California-Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, National Women's Museum. She is also on the Advisory board of Innovent/Nokia and Investigen.

Daie is recipient of WITI's Hall of Fame, Teksia's Lifetime Achievement, and an Honorary doctoral Degree from the Dominican University of California. She is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Association for Women in Science. She was named: "25 Smartest Who Make a Difference" and "Leaders of Science" among other honors.

Profile at the time of induction in 1996