Lisa A. Durham is Argonne’s Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Program Initiator. As a Principal Environmental Engineer, Lisa has more than twenty-five years’ experience at Argonne and is a researcher and project manager in the Environmental Science (EVS) division. Lisa’s expertise and research interests are in soil and groundwater data analyses, modeling, and interpretation to support innovative characterization and remediation at hazardous waste sites
As Program Initiator, Lisa will coordinate the WIST program by designing and developing program activities and planning the annual Science Careers in Search of Women event in cooperation with Communications, Education and Public Affairs and the Human Resources (HR) Diversity Program Office. She will also assist HR and Argonne’s Gender Diversity Specialist to identify trends in attracting and retaining a diverse set of talent from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent pool. The Program Initiator also works to support laboratory-wide Diversity and Inclusion Initiative activities and other outreach initiatives such as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
The WIST Program Initiator position is a two-year appointment filled by a research and development staff member who devotes 25 percent of their time to the program, reporting directly to the Laboratory Director. Lisa has been an active member of the WIST community for many years and most recently co-lead the program with Principal Agronomist M.Cristina Negri as co-Interim WIST Program Initiator. Lisa is “grateful for the dedication and hard work of previous Program Initiators and the many other women and men who have made a difference at the lab and inspired our community.”