In an effort to understand how to improve the representation of women in engineering and computing, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has undertaken a three-part project titled “Moving the Needle”. In year one of this National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project, AAUW synthesized existing academic and governmental research and produced the 2015 report, Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing. Following the release of that report, AAUW convened a diverse group of leading experts to identify and prioritize research objectives. This discussion that took place in the Fall of 2015 addressed what is known, what has yet to be understood, and what can be done to improve the underrepresentation of women in engineering and computing.
This Opening Keynote Panel discusses the third and final part of the “Moving the Needle” project -- the Research Agenda, which is designed to assist both researchers in prioritizing their work and also leaders in government, foundations and corporations as they prioritize funding and other resources.
Dr. Kathleen Buse is leading the last phase of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) project called "Moving the Needle." Dr. Buse has had a 25-year career in industry, filling various technical and leadership roles in manufacturing, and has taken on a second career as a researcher and advocate for women. Dr. Buse's unique research focuses on understanding the complex factors involved with recruiting, retaining and advancing women. She earned her PhD from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University; MS in electrical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a BS in chemical engineering and engineering & public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She is founder and President of Advancing Women in STEM™, an organization that provides executive strategies for the retention and advancement of women. Dr. Buse also works at Case Western Reserve University where she is the faculty director of the Leadership Lab for Women and an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Management program at the Weatherhead School of Management.
Named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector, Tricia Berry leads efforts to recruit and graduate women in the Cockrell School of Engineering as Director of the Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She concurrently serves as Collaborative Lead for the Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP), leading the dissemination of STEM best practices and informal curriculum across Texas in coordination with the National Girls Collaborative Project. Through both roles, she connects and supports organizations and individuals working to advance gender equity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields across Texas and beyond. In addtion to the STEMconnector recognition, Berry has been recognized for her efforts in gender equity and STEM with the 2011 SXSW Interactive Dew Winburne Community Service Award, 2014 Girl Scouts of Central Texas Women of Distinction Award, 2014 WEPAN Founders Award and 2014 Skillpoint Alliance Unlocking the Potential Award.