WATERBURY — Naugatuck Valley Community College will host its second Diversity in STEM Seminar on WebEx starting at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 1.

Nohemi Zerbi, Acting Section Chief for the Chemical Section of the Sector Engagement Division of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the Department of Homeland Security, will speak to students about her professional experiences, her efforts to inspire the next generation of STEM students, and the adversities she has overcome to become a well-respected STEM professional.

The seminar is the third in what has become a semi-annual forum for respected STEM professionals to share their careers, perspectives, and experiences about the personal and intellectual journeys they have undertaken to get where they are today.

NVCC students and local high school students may attend to learn more about STEM career paths. The public is also invited to register for the free event by calling 203-596-2175.

The event is sponsored by the Naugatuck Valley STEM Inclusive Opportunity Network (NViSION) funded by the National Science Foundation grant number 1833974.  

Nohemi Zerbi is the Acting Section Chief for the Chemical Section of the Sector Engagement Division of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the Department of Homeland Security. She is also the subject matter expert in the area of chemical engineering and chemical processing.

CISA is the Sector Specific Agency for the chemical sector and in this capacity ensures the resiliency and protection of chemical facilities in the nation as well as collaborates with international efforts to ensure a culture of chemical security. 

Ms. Zerbi has participated in multiple emergency response efforts for the Department. She has also led vulnerability assessment teams of critical infrastructure around the nation.

Ms. Zerbi is experienced in developing, revising, and implementing policy and preparedness initiatives to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from various incidents on a national and international level. 

She emphasizes the critical importance of resiliency and emergency management, as well as partnerships between industry and government to achieve preparedness goals.

She received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and a bachelor of fine arts in Spanish with minors in chemistry and biology from Washington University in St. Louis.

She has two master’s degrees, one in System Science Engineering, Engineering Management-Risk, Crisis and Emergency Management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and in National Resource Strategy and Planning from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University.

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