UNM STEM professors named New Mexico Women in Technology honorees

Two UNM professors are among the women being honored at the 2019 Women in Technology Celebration at the end of March.


Computer Science professor Melanie Moses, PhD, and Biomedical Engineering assistant professor Christina Salas, PhD are being honored for their work in their respective fields.  


The Women in Technology Celebration is an annual event put on by the New Mexico Technology Council. This year, the group selected nine women excelling in different STEM fields from around New Mexico.


In addition to being a UNM professor, Moses also serves as the principal investigator (PI) for two programs with goals of creating diversity in the computer science field. NASA Swarmathon and NM CS4All encourage more women and minorities, who are underrepresented in the field,  to become invested in computer science.


Salas also wears many hats. In 2014, she assumed the role the Director of the UNM Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Biomaterials Laboratory. Salas has also worked with the Perry Initiative and NanoDays to encourage female high schoolers to pursue careers in orthopaedic surgery or engineering.


Both Moses and Salas have been previous UNM Women in STEM award winners Salas in 2016 and Moses in 2018. Moses also is a co-PI on the Advance at UNM program.


The Women in Technology Celebration will take place on the morning of March 28, 2019 at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North. Tickets to attend the event are available for purchase on their website.