Purdue WHPC Guest Presentation: January 29, 2020

January 29, 2020  12:00pm – 1:00pm
RAWL 2079

Purdue Women in HPC (WHPC) is pleased to host a meeting on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in RAWL 2079.

ALL individuals with an interest in learning more about high performance computing (HPC) and supporting the advancement of diversity and inclusiveness in technology are encouraged to attend.

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Our November Purdue WHPC meeting will feature guest speaker, Lisa Arafune, a science and technology federal funding advocate. Her presentation I Don't Want to Run for Congress but I Still Want to Make a Difference. What Can I Do? will focus on her professional development path and her unique perspective on engaging in HPC at the federal level.


Women across America are raising their influence in business and culture. They should do so in politics as well. In this talk, women and anyone else who wants to have an impact will learn techniques used by lobbyists and other influencers to directly affect politics and policy, including how to organize and produce an impactful Congressional visit event.

About Lisa Arafune:

Lisa Arafune is a science and technology federal funding advocate who provides advice, action, and solutions to organizations. She brings two decades of Washington, DC experience representing higher education and university-based research interests on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch. She is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Forge Policy Solutions.

As Director of Federal Relations for Purdue University, Lisa has advocated for the research community before Capitol Hill and major Federal science and research funding agencies, including NSF, DoD, USDA, NIH, DoE Science, NASA, and DoEd. She works with The Task Force for American Innovation, the Coalition for National Science Funding, the Energy Sciences Coalition, and the Coalition for National Security Funding, to further investment for research in these critical areas.

Lisa is the Director of The Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC), an educational non-profit 501(c)(3) professional organization with 90+ member academic institutions. She acts as a conduit to keep the membership informed of strategic opportunities that will lead to their institution’s success. She leads CASC's interests in Washington, DC, as well as nationally at computing meetings.

She likes to get others excited about what she is excited about – moving women to take a seat at the table in technology and in policy. She has been practicing this on herself: Lisa has served as a Member of the Board of The Science Coalition; she serves as the elected Chair of the XSEDE (NSF funded cyberinfrastructure resource) Advisory Board; she is on the Executive Board for the Women in High Performance Computing; and she has been serving as Government Relations Lead on the Planning Committee for the Supercomputing Conference Series for SC18 and SC19; she is also a speaker at national computing and engineering conferences.

She began her political interest with the Indiana State Senate working for the Senate Majority Leader. She continued with the U.S. House of Representatives serving as Chief Clerk for a Congressional Committee.

Additionally, Lisa has served clients in the automotive manufacturing industry while utilizing her business Japanese language skills. She is always eager to visit a factory floor and interact with the manufacturing process, whether it is in the United States, Germany, or Japan.

Lisa holds a BS and an MS from Purdue University; she also holds an MBA from Budapest University of Economic Sciences in Hungary, and a certificate from École Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen in France.


Register for the January 29, 2020 meeting here.


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Originally posted: November 5, 2019  1:34am