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2011 Professional Panel

Eileen Gelblat (
Profession: Telecommunications
Work: Alcatel-Lucent Lisle, IL
Education: B.S. Physics Cornell University, Masters Electrical Engineering Purdue University

Eileen Gelblat has been working in the field of telecommunications for the past 30 years.  After completing a physics degree at Cornell University in NY, she was recruited by Bell Laboratories in Naperville. She went on to get a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Purdue, and started doing hardware design work on telephone switching systems.  As Bell Laboratories changed to AT&T, Lucent, and then Alcatel-Lucent, Eileen has worked on the different parts of the network that has allowed the number and types of cell phone calls to grow and to support all those high bandwidth applications that you have come to know and love. Her job assignments have ranged from design of the hardware, to writing software for testing, to leading technical teams, to project management. She has also played a large role in recruiting and retaining women in the workplace, and has been an active member of the women networking groups that first started when the company was Bell Laboratories. She currently lives in Naperville with her husband and son, a student at Naperville North High School.

Susan Gerchman (
Profession: Physical Science and Geometry Teacher
Work: Crone Middle School
Education: B.S. Biology and Chemistry, State University of New York at Potsdam, M.S. Educational Psychology, University of Arizona

Mrs. Gerchman currently teaches 8th grade Physical Science and Geometry for the Project Arrow Gifted Program at Crone Middle School. She has taught all three grade levels of science and mathematics during her 10 years at Crone. She guides 7th and 8th grade students through individual research projects in preparation for competing in the IJAS science fairs. She is also the IJAS Region 9 Judging Chairman. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Gerchman worked as a Research Associate for 20 years. Her most recent research position was at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York, where she worked as a biochemist and molecular biologist with Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan. This work focused on the structure of Chromatin (DNA packaged in the cell) and the structure of proteins associated with the ribosome. Dr. Ramakrishnan went on to work at the MRC in Cambridge, England, where he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 for his work on the structure of the ribosome. Mrs. Gerchman was also involved in research in a biophysics lab at Yale University, a biochemistry lab at the University of Arizona, and a virology lab at the University of Texas Medical Branch. 

Ayana Goin (
OEM Service Engineer Team Leader 
Work: Cummins Inc. 
Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Concordia University; M.A. Business Administration 

Ayana Goin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Originally from Montreal, Canada she emigrated to the United States 9 years ago to work for Cummins Inc., headquartered in Columbus, IN. While having occupied roles in Warranty support and testing and development, she is currently employed as a Service Engineering Team Leader for the Cummins diesel engine in the Ram Truck product. Her role involves leading a team of 6 engineers who are responsible for providing technical support to the Chrysler service channel. This involves, among other things, interfacing with Cummins and Chrysler Engineering, preparing vehicle owner’s manuals and service literature, and aiding the field in troubleshooting and repairing hard to diagnose engines with issues.

Marcie Schatz (
Profession: Director of Transportation, Engineering and Development
Work: City of Naperville
Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, M.S. Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ms. Schatz leads the Department of Transportation, Engineering and Development in the City of Naperville. She directs the work of 62 employees involved in new commercial and residential development, road and bridge construction and maintenance, transportation and traffic planning, and long range land use planning for the City. She works closely with other governmental agencies, homeowners groups, and Naperville businesses. The department has annual operating and capital budgets of $30 million. Prior to this position Ms. Schatz managed transportation issues for the City as well as acting as a project manager for parking and road projects. Marcie has five children and is a girl scout leader in her personal time.