National Organizing Board
The National Organizing Board is composed of graduate students and postdocs who are committed to ADSE’s mission. Members usually began their service to ADSE in leadership roles of local chapters, continuing to work towards our organization's goals in a more widescale capacity. The main responsibility of the National Organizing Board is to address ADSE’s objectives towards an equitable, diverse, and inclusive STEM workforce through broad efforts that impact all local chapters and members. Such efforts include organizing conferences that members throughout the country can attend, maintaining relations with all local chapters, providing assistance with their respective goals, and updating ADSE’s website and social media accounts. The National Organizing Board also acts as an intermediary between the local chapters and members and the Board of Directors, putting their ideas into action.
Marina Pranda is currently the project manager for the Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE). She received her Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2019, and her B.S. from Cornell University in 2014. Her graduate work focused on studying the mechanobiology of breast cancer metastasis across the blood-brain barrier and creating engineered models to study that process. Her work was recognized with several awards such as theInternational Conference Student Support Award, the Goldhaber Travel Award, and the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award from the UMD Grad School. Marina was aUMDClark School Future Faculty Fellow, received the the2017 BMES Career Development Award, as well as the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Award from the UMD graduate school. Marina served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the UMD Bioengineering Graduate Student Society, was a co-chair of communications for Women in Bio, Capital Region, and currently volunteers and writes for the non-profit organization Mothers in Science.