Panel 3:  Leading by example

The workplace environment: the influence of ground bearing ideals; the influence management styles; the influence of the work environment, diverse and inclusive.


  • Julia Bear, Assistant Professor of Management at Stony Brook University
  • Marjaneh Issapour, Professor of Electrical & Computer Technology, Farmingdale.
  • Tatiana Pyatina, Materials scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, former senior development engineer at Schlumberger.
  • Nissim Ranade, Visiting Math Professor at Lafayette College.
  • David Westerfeld, Assistant Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stony Brook University.

Bios of the panelists

Julia B. Bear is an Assistant Professor in the College of Business at Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on the influence of gender on negotiation and conflict management, as well as on investigating the underlying causes of gender gaps in organizations. Dr. Bear’s research has been published in many leading management and psychology journals and books. Dr. Bear is also the recipient of multiple best paper awards from the Academy of Management and the International Association of Conflict Management, as well as a Fulbright fellowship. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Carnegie Mellon University.

Professor Marjaneh Issapour has been a Professor since Sept. of 1990,  at Farmingdale State College, where she teaches courses in the Department of Electrical Engineering Technology and designed the networking laboratory, as well as developed the Computer Applications course. She received the "Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching Service" in 2007.Prior to teaching, Professor Issapour was an independent contractor for NEC America Inc. where she designed and implemented new technologies in networking operating systems. She is a licensed Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA Certified Cisco Academy Instructor (CCAI), and Certified NetWare Administrator (CNA). Her research focuses on integration of hands on and applied learning elements to enhance teaching and learning in STEM. She has experience with embedded system design, data communication and networking , as well as renewable energy generation systems. In 2012 and 2013, Professor Issapour co-chaired the International Energy and Sustainability Conference. She has also written many publications on the topic of renewable energy sources and energy conservation for these conferences and journals, including the American Institute of Physics. Her honors include the R.W Chasman award for Women in Science from the Brookhaven National Laboratory, the New Faculty Development Award from Farmingdale State, and Outstanding Achievement and Dedication Award from Stony Brook University. She has completed 50 credits towards her doctoral degree at Stony Brook University. She is currently a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) with the New York State Education Department.In addition to teaching, she is currently the Director of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College, which offers courses for professionals in the local industry. Professor Issapour is also a member of the Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC) Advisory Board, Farmingdale State College's representative at Engineering Joint Commission of Long Island (EJCLI), was the Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Long Island Section (2017), She was recognized by the New York State Society Of Professional Engineers Suffolk County Chapter for excellence in leadership and performance as a professional engineer in education(2015), is the recipient of IEEE-LI’s Athanasios Papoulis Outstanding Educator Award (2017),is the IEEE’s Region 1 Educational Activities chair (2018) and is Farmingdale State College's representative for Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE).

Nissim Ranade finished my Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Indian Statistical Institute in India in the year 2010. After that she joined the PhD program in the Mathematics department at Stony Brook. She completed her PhD in 2017. She is currently working as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.

Tatiana Pyatina got her bachelor and master degrees in Environmental Engineering from Moscow Chemical Technological University.  After the graduation she worked for several years as a researcher on developing technologies for solid and gas wastes elimination in Russia and Ukraine.  In 2001 she got her Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology. After the graduation she moved to France where she worked as a senior development engineer with Schlumberger Service Company on research, product design, development and product commercialization for applications in subterranean wells. At 2011 she started her work as a materials scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory where she designs materials for applications in geothermal wells.Tatiana is married and has two kids, two dogs and a cat