Dr. Gerritsen will reflect on her 40 years in STEM fields, modeling in geophysics, coastal ocean dynamics, yacht design, wildfire prediction and mitigation. She will also talk about her work as Co-Director of Women in Data Science, and data science in general.
Margot Gerritsen started her STEM career in the Netherlands where she received an MS in Applied Mathematics at TU-Delft. She then moved to sunnier and hillier places, and after spending time in Colorado and Stanford for her PhD, she moved to New Zealand where she was a lecturer at the University of Auckland till 2001. From 2001, she has been a faculty member at Stanford University in Energy Resources Engineering and Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME). From 2010-2018 she was the director of ICME, and from 2015-2020 a Senior Associate Dean in the School of Earth. In 2015, Margot co-founded the global Women in Data Science initiative, which she still co-directs. She is also the chair of the Board of SIAM. Margot now lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband Paul. They love the outdoors.