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 Photo of Catherine MavriplisDr. Mavriplis holds a PhD and Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University in the Program for Applied and Computational Mathematics and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Mavriplis started her tenure-track career at the George Washington University in Mechanical Engineering where she worked for 12 years. She has also worked as Program Manager in Applied Mathematics and in Computational Mathematics at the US National Science Foundation. She has been a research scientist and adjunct professor at the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma prior to joining the University of Ottawa in 2008. Dr. Mavriplis’ field of specialization is Computational Fluid Dynamics, method development, namely in high order and adaptive methods, with applications in classical fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and interdisciplinary work in combustion, MEMS, meteorology and biofluids.

Since 1996, Dr. Mavriplis has worked on nationally funded projects to advance women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (commonly referred to as STEM in the US). The FORWARD project has a strong 16 year history of providing workshop format support and mentoring to women advancing in these fields. The successful FORWARD to Professorship workshop, funded by the US National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, has reached 1300 doctoral women in science and engineering since 2003 to provide guidance and peer mentoring to pre-tenure candidates. In Canada, Dr. Mavriplis organized the Women Engineers – Moving Up in Ontario leadership workshop for mid-career women in collaboration with the University of Ottawa’s Academic Leadership Center.

Through outreach and professional development activities, research, partnerships, thought leadership and online initiatives, we work with industry and academia to educate on the value of diversity for innovation, to inspire women to thrive and to celebrate the contributions of women in science and engineering.
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