WITI Hall of Fame

2016 Inductees


Kimberly Bryant Kimberly Bryant
Founder & Executive Director, Black Girls CODE

Roberta Banaszak Gleiter Roberta Banaszak Gleiter
Software Architecture and Engineering Department, The Aerospace Corporation

Harriet Green, OBE Harriet Green, OBE
General Manager, Watson Internet of Things, Commerce and Education, IBM

Jennifer Yates, PhD Jennifer Yates, PhD
Assistant Vice President, Inventive Science, AT&T Labs

Ellie Yieh Ellie Yieh
Corporate Vice President, Advanced Products & Technology Development, Applied Materials



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Featured Profile


Roberta Banaszak Gleiter

Roberta Banaszak Gleiter

Software Architecture and Engineering Department, The Aerospace Corporation

Inducted in: 2016

Roberta Banaszak Gleiter is the CEO and board chair of the Global Institute for Technology & Engineering (GIFTE): a nonprofit, educational, public service organization. GIFTE is dedicated to elevating the status of women in the international technology and engineering workforce. Throughout her career, Roberta supports STEM awareness on the congressional level.

Roberta participated in a workforce re-entry program in 1980 for women engineers at California State University at Northridge. While she was in this program, she interned for the Aerospace Corporation and has been there ever since. She focuses on satellite and ground systems management and project engineering.

Early on, she pioneered environmental efforts at government satellite launch sites and was recognized with a Programs Group Achievement Award.

Roberta is a certified hazardous materials manager at the master’s level. She served as principal investigator for research on Department of Defense acquisition reform, is the author of numerous technical publications, and has received many engineering accolades from both the United States Air Force and Aerospace. She has earned a number of awards for engineering and leadership.

Internationally, she broke barriers related to technical women in China, France, Japan, Canada, and New Zealand.

She is a fellow of both the Society of Women Engineers and a fellow of the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering.

Roberta earned her BS in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1960, married her college sweetheart after graduation, and spent the next two decades raising her family. During that time, she initiated programs to improve math education and introduced her community to women in engineering.

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