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Welcome WEPAN's New Board of Directors

Thursday, July 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
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WEPAN is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 Board of Directors.

The WEPAN Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who are dedicated advocates for inclusion and diversity in engineering. These individuals bring their passion, background and leadership to WEPAN, helping to set WEPAN's strategic course, and guiding WEPAN toward achieving its mission. The following members took office July 1, 2016.


Teri Reed, President - Assistant Vice President for Research & Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Cincinnati 

Dr. Teri Reed has recently been appointed Assistant Vice President for Research for the University of Cincinnati. An advocate for research-informed approaches to engineering education, curricular reform, equity, cultural humility, and policy, as well as student recruitment and retention efforts, Dr. Reed has made significant contributions nationally. Dr. Reed received a BS in Petroleum Engineering and also an MBA from the University of Oklahoma. She earned her PhD in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University.

Mary Juhas, Past-President - Associate Vice President for Ohio State ADVANCE in the Office of Research & Clinical Professor in Materials Science & Engineering, The Ohio State University

In her role at Ohio State, Dr. Mary Juhas drives the recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty members from diverse populations in STEM disciplines with a focus on developing research leaders. Dr. Juhas is active nationally and internationally in this regard. Juhas earned a BS in Chemistry from Seton Hill University, an MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Amy Freeman, President-Elect - Assistant Dean of Engineering Diversity, The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Amy Freeman holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering and a PhD in Workforce Education. This unusual combination has provided her with a professional skill set that combines the technical and the social sciences. She has been an advocate for STEM educational access and global collaboration for over two decades. In that time, she has developed a wide range of programming and success strategies designed to serve STEM students. She is a proponent of work-life balance, and is the author of Stress Less: 10 Balancing Insights on Work and Life.

Laura Bistrek, Secretary - Director of the Diversity in Engineering Center, University of Dayton

As Director of the University of Dayton's Diversity in Engineering Center, Ms. Laura Bistrek leads efforts to foster an inclusive community for all students, faculty and staff in the School of Engineering. Prior to her appointment as director, Ms. Bistrek served as program manager for the Women and Minority Engineering Programs. She joined the University of Dayton after working nine years as a project manager/engineer for Tetra Tech. She is a licensed professional engineer and holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton and an MBA from the University of Louisville.

Marca Lam, Treasurer - Senior Lecturer, Kate Gleason College of Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Marca Lam teaches a variety of courses to both graduate and undergraduate students, including 3-D graphics, computer programming, materials science, system dynamics, optimal design, and the vibrations sequence. She serves as faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers and an executive board member for WE@RIT, the women in engineering program at Rochester Institute of Technology. She received her BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo, and her PhD from Virginia Tech.



Raymonda Burgman - Director of HERS Institutes, Higher Education Resources Services

Dr. Ray Burgman began her tenure as Director of HERS Institutes in June 2013. In this role, she leads the planning and delivery of the three signature HERS programs for leadership development for women in higher education - the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, the HERS Denver Summer Institute and the HERS Wellesley Institute. Prior to this appointment, she served as Associate Provost at New College of Florida and Associate Professor of Economics and Management at DePauw University. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Florida.

Elaina Carpino - Product Manager of Residential Insulation, Owens Corning

Ms. Elaina Carpino joined Owens Corning in 2002 and currently leads the development, commercialization and strategy for high performance systems in new home construction and residential insulation batt and rolls within the Strategic Marketing organization at Owens Corning. With a strong passion for talent, diversity and inclusion, she co-led the Owens Corning Affinity Group GLBTA from 2008 to 2010 and currently serves as a member of WIN. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering and her Masters in Business Operational Excellence from The Ohio State University.

Lee Ann Schwope Cochran - Vice President of Business Development, Contract Research Business, Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle)

Ms. Lee Ann Schwope Cochran leads strategic corporate initiatives within Battelle's Contract Research Business, which covers a wide portfolio in the energy & environment, health & analytics, national security, homeland security & public safety, and pharmaceutical & medical devices industry segments.  Her office also supports joint R&D/strategic sourcing of external S&T innovations for Battelle's government and military clients, and commercializing Battelle developed innovations. Ms. Cochran is a Materials Science & Engineering alumna of The Ohio State University.

DiOnetta Jones Crayton - Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education & Director, Office of Minority Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ms. DiOnetta Jones Crayton serves as Associate Dean and in her role has worked to promote the retention and success of students from all backgrounds, especially those from underrepresented minority groups. She has acquired positions with several educational and technical organizations across the nation and holds affiliations with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dean Crayton received her MA in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.

Jennifer Groh - Associate Director, Women in Engineering Program, Purdue University

Dr. Jennifer Groh oversees K-12 outreach programming, administers the undergraduate and graduate mentoring program and teaches two seminar courses for Purdue's Women in Engineering Program. Dr. Groh has also invested hours of training in academic coaching to become a certified Affiliate Coach with LifeBound, Inc., specializing in serving STEM populations nationwide. Dr. Groh integrates coaching into WIEP programming, student mentoring, and her personal life. She received a BS in Microbiology from Purdue and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma.

Roger Green - Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Coordinator, North Dakota State University

Dr. Roger Green teaches and conducts research in signal processing at NDSU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Since its inception in 2008, Dr. Green has been a lead member of the NDSU Advance FORWARD Advocates, a group of male faculty dedicated to effecting departmental and institutional change in support of gender equality.  As part of this group, he regularly trains men, at NDSU and other institutions, to better serve as gender equity allies.  Dr. Green received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

Julie Martin - Associate Professor, Department of Engineering & Science Education, Clemson University

Dr. Julie Martin's work focuses on advancing knowledge of social interactions that influence students' decisions to enter and persist in engineering and science, particularly underrepresented students. She leads the Social Capital Research Group (SoCap) - a team of engineering and science education researchers who are passionate about understanding ways social connections help students realize and achieve academic and career goals related to STEM fields. She received her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Fatma Mili - Executive Director, Center for Trans-Institutional Capacity Building & Equity in STEM, Purdue University

Dr. Fatma Mili is founder and executive director of the Center for Trans-Institutional Capacity Building & Equity in STEM. Her educational research is in broadening participation in STEM and making higher education in tune with the needs and expectations of society and with the evidence based findings about human motivation and learning. A long-term contributor to the Grace Hopper Conference, she was the program co-chair in 2012 and the general co-chair in 2013. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France.

Lance C. Pérez - Interim Dean, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Dr. Lance C. Pérez has been on the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) since 1996, and is currently Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering. In his former position as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs as well as Dean of Graduate Studies., Dr. Pérez had been responsible for faculty and leadership development, promotion and tenure, instructional technology and classroom facilities improvements, and graduate education. He served as a program manager in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2010. He received his MS and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Gregory Washington - The Stacey Nicholas Dean of Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Gregory Washington has served as Dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) since 2011. Under his leadership, the school has increased its faculty ranks and numbers of students. In 2015, he chaired UCI's Task Force on Ensuring a Positive Climate for the Campus's African American Community. His core area of research interest lies in the area of dynamic systems, with an emphasis on modeling and control of smart material systems and devices. Prior to joining UCI, he served as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. Dr. Washington earned his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina State University.

Glenn Weckerlin - Director, University Partnerships and Association Relations, Chevron Corporation

Mr. Glenn Weckerlin oversees the international portfolio of University and Association Partnerships for Chevron Corporation. He and his team have worked to develop programs that ensure Chevron is recognized as a leader by actively embracing the diversity of people and ideas and fostering an inclusive work environment. Mr. Weckerlin received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, and holds a JD from Golden Gate University.


WEPAN thanks the following individuals for their service and contributions as retiring members of the Board:

  • Jenna Carpenter, Dean, School of Engineering at Campbell University: Past-President

  • Beverly Louie, Director, Teaching & Learning Initiatives at University of Colorado, Boulder: Secretary

  • Jose Garcia, Senior VIce President, Diversity Recruiting Strategy at Wells Fargo

  • Elizabeth Litzler, Director, Center for Workforce Development at University of Washington

  • Wayne Jones, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Materials Science & Engineering at University of Michigan

  • Carol Muller, Executive Director, WISE Ventures at Stanford University

  • Robin Schribman, Vice President, Global Brand & Customer Experience at Thomson Reuters

  • Carmen Sidbury, President & CEO at The Sidbury Group


About WEPAN 

WEPAN is a network of thought- and change leaders from institutions, organizations and agencies that uses research-based knowledge and strategies to create and sustain inclusive, equitable cultures in engineering and works to develop a richly diverse and innovative engineering workforce.

WEPAN's network connects over 1,000 leaders from nearly 200 universities, colleges, community colleges, government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and non-profit organizations working to increase participation, retention and success of women and other underrepresented groups in engineering from engineering college through executive and academic leadership roles.

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