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Women in IT Panel

June 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Learn about 3 different women and their educational and professional journeys in the technical fields, which started at various points from the ’70s to the ’90s.


How did the challenges they faced, and the success they achieved, overlap and diverge?
Join us as we hear their stories and learn from their experiences to help ourselves and to help improve and/or create pathways for all women and underrepresented groups.

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Our Panelists:

  • Dr. Deborah Silver, Professional Science Master’s program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Arlene Rosenbaum, Former President of a Direct Marketing computer service bureau
  • Dr. Nihal Nounou, Strategy and Performance Management – Principle Consultant

Our Moderators:

  • Abeer Elahraf, Assistant Dean for Data Management and Security
  • Laura Gordon, Web Developer, Rutgers, School of Arts and Sciences

About our Panelists:

Dr. Deborah Silver
Dr. Deborah Silver

Dr. Deborah Silver is the executive director of the Professional Science Master’s program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. This program offers the novel Master of Business and Science degree. Dr. Silver, a Rutgers PSM cofounder, has served as executive director since the program’s inception in 2010. Today, Rutgers PSM is one of the largest master’s programs at Rutgers University, and one of the largest and most diverse Professional Science Master’s programs in the nation. A full professor in Rutgers University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Silver received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and earned her doctorate in computer science from Princeton University. From 2008 to 2010, she served as Associate Dean of Continuing and Professional Education for Rutgers School of Engineering. Dr. Silver’s area of research is data visualization, and in 2020, she was honored for her achievements and contributions to the field of data visualization via her induction into the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) prestigious Visualization Academy. Dr. Silver currently serves on the Board of Governors for the IEEE Computer Society and as a board member of the National Professional Science Master’s Association. 


Dr. Nihal Nounou
Dr. Nihal Nounou

Dr. Nihal Nounou is one of the founding members of Horizons since its inception and managed the company through its beginning years providing leadership in both business and technical areas. Dr. Nounou has more than 25 years of experiencein Business and IT consulting. Dr. Nounou is the Director and Principal Consultant of the Balance Scorecard Development and Strategy Management solution service. Dr. Nounou is also the Director and Principal Consultant of the Business Process Management and automation solution.She is also an expert on COBIT 2019 assessment and design prioritization.Dr. Nihal is the leader of the Strategy Architect: a Strategic Performance Management using the Balanced Scorecard software product. Dr. Nounou has been invited as a speaker in several Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Management conferences in the Gulf region.Dr. Nounou has been teaching computer science courses at leading universities in the US and Egypt in the past 30years both as full-timeprofessor and as adjunct professor. Dr. Nounou have authored and coauthored many papers in the field of computer communication networks and software development. Dr. Nounou completed her undergraduate work in Computer Engineering at Ain-Shams University, and received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Computer Science from Columbia University, New York, USA. Dr. Nounou was Associate and Assistant professor at Drew University, Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA; and at Pace University in New York, USA till 1999 when she moved to Cairo Egypt. Dr. Nounou also worked asan Adjunct Professor in the Computer Engineering and Computer Science departments at the Arab Academy of Science and Technology, Cairo, Egypt.


Arlene Rosenbaum
Arlene Rosenbaum

Arlene Rosenbaum graduated from City College of New York in 1964 with a BS in MathematicsHer first job was with the City of New York Department of Finance where she went for extensive training with IBM on  the new IBM 360 mainframes. She learned Assembler language and Operating systems maintenance and moved to General Foods where she worked on the IBM mainframe operating systems until she  took a few yearoff  to have two wonderful daughters.  When she went back to work, she began doing software consulting for a small Direct Marketing computer service bureauThere she became extremely interested in the technology of deduping names and addresses and building massive customer and prospect databases for large companiesShe became president of that small company, went on to sell it and started her own company to consult with companies in deduping and database development. Her clients included Sara Lee, Talbots, Dell, Verizon, City Bank, Bank of America, and Amex 




June 17, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




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