The Office of Technology Management (OTM) at Washington University in St. Louis had a standing-room-only crowd for their annual Women Innovators Lunch Nov. 7.

Dean Elizabeth Loboa of Mizzou Engineering, the event’s keynote speaker, shared her innovator-in-academia story with WashU faculty, postdocs, staff and students.

Here’s a “snapshot” of Assistant Vice Chancellor Nichole Mercier‘s remarks to introduce Dean Loboa:

In St. Louis, we are lucky to be just a 2-hour drive from Missouri’s flagship university—The University of Missouri. Today, we are honored that the dean of Mizzou’s College of Engineering made the drive to share her wisdom and insight with us on why innovation—and specifically women inventors—are needed to answer the world’s most pressing problems. Dr. Loboa is the vice chancellor for strategic partnerships, dean of the College of Engineering and Ketcham Professor at the University of Missouri. She began her tenure as the College’s 11th full-time dean in October 2015, and in true innovator fashion…she is the first woman to hold this position. She’s agreed to a Q&A at the end, so I encourage you all to engage and absorb her wonderful insight.


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