Paula Davis Lampley is the Women in Engineering Director at the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science. After working as an Electrical Engineer at General Motors, Paula pursued her passion for social justice and protecting the rights of others and attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Paula commonly refers to herself as a “Flying Bearcat” as she received her Electrical Engineering Degree University of Dayton (Dayton Flyers), and a Law Degree from University of Cincinnati College of Law (Bearcats).
Paula’s early career as a lawyer involved serving as litigation counsel for Cincinnati Public School teachers and protecting the rights of a large asbestos manufacturer involved in a class action. She later worked as the Employer Relations Coordinator at the College of Law. In July 2019, Paula became the Women in Engineering Director. In her role, she enjoys creating programs to ensure students, faculty and staff feel supported and enjoys recruiting the next generation of women engineers. Paula is passionate about empowering girls to consider engineering where they can use their talent to develop technology and create solutions to everyday problems. She enjoys speaking with engineering students about the intersection of law and technology.
On any given weekend, you may find Paula engaging in STEM activities with middle school and high school students as part of her work with the Queen City (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Paula has two sons, Trey, fourth year medical student at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Hunter, who works in Global Information Technology at Northern Trust in Chicago. Paula’s husband is a trial lawyer at Vorys, Sater, and Seymour & Pease.
Krizia Leonela Cabrera Toro is the Women in Engineering Program Coordinator where she works creating equitable programming and resources for faculty, staff and students in the College of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati. She is a Latinx STEM educator with a focus on social justice. She loves creating innovative culturally responsive programming for all, while creating access for those who are frequently marginalized.
Before becoming a “STEMinista” she began her academic career as a Cell & Molecular Biologist and mentor for high school students in her home of Puerto Rico. Krizia holds two master’s degrees: one in Integrative Studies with a focus on Multicultural Education and Leadership in Higher Education in STEM from Northern Kentucky University and the second in Science Education from Purdue University. She also engaged in the College of Education at Northern Kentucky University where she teaches Racism & Sexism.
In her spare time, Krizia is spending time with her two dogs and her husband. She loves music, good food and interior decorating. She is constantly learning new hobbies and looking for ways to give back to her community.