Seventh annual Conference for Women in Science & Engineering

Keiana Cavé, an undergrad at the University of Michigan studying chemical engineering, will be a keynote speaker at the Brooklyn’s Poly Prep seventh annual Conference for Women in Science & Engineering Saturday, Nov. 11. Cavé is one of the youngest honorees in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 in the Energy and Cleantech category. 

At the age of 15, Cavé started her own independent research at Tulane University on the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and two of her scientific research papers have since published. Cavé became a member of Tulane University Van BaelLab to conduct experiments. This past summer, she was an intern at the Intel Capital as a developer for wearable technology for Intel. She and many other women in STEM fields will be mentoring at the annual conference. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for girls in grades 5 to 12.

“We wanted to make sure that the program is run exclusively by women, so that our participates are able to see what they can inspire to become,” said Jamie Nestor, co-founder of Poly Prep and WISE. “During the conference, participates have to interact with people in different age groups to solve problems using creative processes in various workshops.”

Poly Prep educators, Fleurette Turkenkopf and Nestor, founded the organization in 2012 to encourage young girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Throughout the past years, more than 500 girls have attended WISE, and 90 percent of them want to pursue an engineering career.

Poly Prep is located at 9216 Seventh Ave. in Brooklyn. Registration is currently open for the event. For more information, go to