Women's Open House 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Women's Open House 2018! We enjoyed meeting you on campus!

Women's Open House is similar to our Fall Open House but with an added focus on gender in engineering. We welcome students of all gender identities, including non-binary and transgender individuals, to participate!

Event Schedule

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Registration and Campus Tours

Multiple tours will start about 15 minutes apart.

The final tour for the morning will depart at 10:30 AM.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Welcome and Introduction

Keynote Speaker: Heena Mutha, Class of 2010

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Community Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Do Learn

Prospective students only.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Q&A with the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Families and guests only.

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Coffee, Tea, and Conversation

Families and guests only.

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Academic Life Panel
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Admission and Financial Aid Process

Closing Remarks

*After the program ends, an optional tour of Babson College’s Weissman Foundry will leave from the Milas Hall Lobby at 4:00 PM.


Keynote Speaker

Heena Mutha, Class of 2010

Heena Mutha

Dr. Heena Mutha is a member of the fifth graduating class at Olin with a degree in mechanical engineering. Throughout her time at Olin, she was involved in research, teaching assistantships, student activities (SAC), and community service (SERV). She co-founded and chaired Engineering Discovery, a K-12 education outreach program focused on hands-on design and engineering. The program has grown from 5 students to over 30 and continues to host young students on campus for bottle rocket launches and sustainable energy design challenges. Dr. Mutha continues to engage with the Olin community through post-graduate mentorship, alumni interviewing, and informally having recent graduates over for dinner at her home in Cambridge.

After graduating from Olin, Dr. Mutha traveled to India on a nine-month US Fulbright Student Researcher Fellowship to study outreach education initiatives outside Bangalore. She collaborated with the Agastya International Foundation on developing gifted programs as well as inquiry-based software programs. While in India, she developed an interest in engineering solutions for water treatment, which inspired her to return to graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned her M.S. (2013) and Ph.D. (2017) in mechanical engineering from MIT as a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. Her research focused on optimizing the design of electrode nanomaterials for capacitive deionization, an emerging water desalination technology that is more energy-efficient and portable for the treatment of brackish water compared to existing technologies. She continues to pursue research opportunities in electrochemical systems, micro-nano engineering, and water treatment. While at MIT, she served as chair of the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Association of Women and was awarded the MIT Women of Excellence award for service and mentorship of graduate women.

Dr. Mutha currently works at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, MA as a Senior Member of Technical Staff in the Materials and Microsystems division. Her current research includes biosensors, cell therapeutics, and nanowires for high speed electronics. She lives in Cambridge with her husband Michael Hughes ('10). She enjoys camping, backpacking, cooking, running half-marathons, and travel.