A Research Agenda on Gender in Engineering and Computing

Opening Keynote

Monday, June 12
1:30pm - 2:30pm - Westminster III & IV

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.

Kathleen Buse, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University

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.


Catherine Ashcraft, Ph.D. 
University of Colorado Boulder

Catherine Ashcraft is a Senior Research Scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on issues related to gender, diversity, and technology; organizational change and curriculum reform; and popular culture, media representations, and youth identity (especially as it relates to race-ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality). She also has taught and presented at national and international venues on these topics for the past 15 years and has worked with a variety of government entities, advocating for CS/IT/ICT education and workplace policy. She obtained her MA in organizational communication and her PhD in education from the University of Colorado.


Jane Stout, Ph.D. 
Computer Research Association

Dr. Stout is the Director of Diversity Research at the Computing Research Association. She uses social science theory to ignite social change and is particularly interested in the degree to which people's social identities (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity) can influence their sense of belonging, and in turn, their well-being and success. Most recently, her research focuses on understanding the experiences of groups of people who do not "fit" in computer science (e.g., women), with special attention to when and how those individuals thrive. Dr. Stout received her B.A. in Psychology from the Augustana College and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Massachusettes, Amherst.


Tricia Berry 
The University of Texas at Austin ~ Panel Facilitator

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.