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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 (9:45 – 11:00a.m.)

Moving between Technical and Management Roles

Jessica Eidem and Dan Gateno – IBM
Participants will take away various career options for women in engineering.  From an academic standpoint, if a female is thinking of leaving engineering because she wants more “people-oriented” jobs, engineering management is an option for her.  Mentors and advisors need to remember this option.  Engineers currently in the work force often times are faced with similar career decisions.

Human Library

Senem Guler
The Human Library that Krannert School of Management’s Women in Management Program (WIM) initiated and organized in November, 2014.The purpose of Human Library methodology, which was Originally initiated by Danish youth movement “Stop the Violence” in 2000. In a Human Library, “books” are people with willingness to share their experiences and answer questions openly; “readers” come with questions they might not get to ask elsewhere. The informal, but powerful Human Library format can help strengthen intercultural dialogue, mitigate biases, and promote a culture of inclusion for people of all backgrounds. It provides a safe space to create understanding through communication.

Career Networking Awards: Supporting Research Activities for Women Faculty

Jenna P.  Carpenter, Ph.D., Louisiana Tech University

The Career Networking Program at Louisiana Tech University, part of our NSF ADVANCE Program, provides women with support for activities which foster future research success.  We outline the rationale behind the program, its structure, six years of data, and suggestions on adaptations to support women faculty/students in other areas.

Understanding Experiences in STEM Among Women From Diverse Groups

Jane Stout, Computing Research Association
A great deal of social science research focuses on women’s underrepresentation in STEM fields, but little if any work focuses on the differential experiences of women in STEM who are from diverse backgrounds. I will present research that calls into question our conventional understanding of gender differences in STEM.

Transforming Pre-Engineering Education via Professional Development

Leslie Wilkins, Maui Economic Development Board, Director Women in Technology Project
Graham DeVey, Maui Economic Development Board, Program Manager Island Energy Inquiry

This session provides an overview of the Island Energy InquiryTM program (IEI) and its role in changing the gendered culture of pre-engineering education in Hawaii.  IEI is a model Professional Development program promoting standards-aligned education for pre-college students on renewable energy using current place-based examples, design-based learning, and inquiry methodology.

Five Transformational Support Programs at The University of Alabama

Cori Perdue, University of Alabama
The University of Alabama is in the forefront of a culture change. Support programs that celebrate family life and diversity are a part of the corporate structure.  We will discuss innovative mentoring programs, our WiSE celebration of the role of women in STEM fields, and our parent support programs for students and faculty that enable individuals to excel at work and as a parent.

Using Storybooks to Introduce Engineering Concepts to K-3

Cheryl A Cunningham, PE., President of Parsons Cunningham & Shartle Engineers, Inc.
This session will include a discussion on the importance of engineers introducing the concept of engineering to K-3 through storybooks.   Many little girls in K-3 instinctively know the traditionally female careers, but typically haven’t heard of engineers or know what engineers do.  For an engineer to read a story book about engineering is a fun and engaging way to introduce engineering and the concepts of engineering to young children.

Penn State Engineering Mentoring for Internship Excellence (EMIX):
Generating Strategic Partnerships to Catalyze Women’s Professional Success

Cheryl L. Knobloch, Director, Women in Engineering Program
This High Five presentation showcases a new model for collaboration between industry and academia yielding dynamic multifaceted outcomes and serving multiple audiences.  Corporate partners strategically generate a pipeline for diverse technical talent optimizing likelihood for retention and advancement.  Undergraduate students engage in dynamic experiential learning complemented by semester-long professional development.

Using Student Data to Inform and Change Academic Practices:
Math Placement Exam and Student Performance Analysis

Beverly Louie, University of Colorado Boulder
Beth Myers, University of Colorado Boulder

This presentation will discuss the analysis of the first-year engineering student math placement at CU Boulder as a result of the ALEKS placement exam results for the fall 2012-2014 cohorts. College-wide policy changes regarding math placement and course availability have resulted, as our college’s approach to math changed dramatically.

Engineering Outreach Modules to Middle School Girls

Elizabeth Hart, University of Dayton
Margaret Pinnell, University of Dayton
Laura Bistrek, University of Dayton
Elizabeth Hertz, University of Dayton
Natalie Murray, University of Dayton

An outreach program was developed to provide exposure to engineering for middle school girls in co-gender classrooms before they self-select out of interest in engineering. “Pick up and go” engineering modules were developed to incorporate research based principles that have been found to be successful in attracting girls to engineering.

You See It Your Way, and I See It Mine:
How Men and Women Students Perceive the Dynamics and Potential Success of their Engineering Design Project Teams

Natalie C.T. Van Tyne
Diversity includes the differences in the way men and women engineering students perceive the behavior of their design team over the course of a semester. We explored the factors that contributed to success or the lack thereof in overall team satisfaction as a reflection of their design project.

Engineering For All Through Service Learning with EPICS/High

Janet Mambrino, Mathematics Dept. Co-Chair and EPICS/High Curriculum Coordinator Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix, AZ  
Service learning can provide opportunities to engage students in STEM fields, having a significant impact on the interest of female students in pursuing engineering careers. Girls who are exposed to engineering through service learning in grades 6 - 12 are more likely to pursue engineering as a college major.

Comparing Beliefs about Engineering and Computer Science by Gender at a Non-Metropolitan Community College

Mary Anderson Rowland, Arizona State University
Our research questions are: What are the beliefs about engineering and computer science of the students in a non-metropolitan community college? Are there gender differences? What is the best engineering message to give to these males and females? Do students in different rural CCs have different beliefs regarding engineering?

Inspiring Confidence or Redefining Failure

Jamie Lewis, Staffing Specialist at Qualcomm

The Inspiring Confidence or Redefining Failure session will provoke thoughtful discussion on how academic and industry leaders can change the way women view failure and perfection.  These two concepts pose as barriers which prevent young women in engineering from pursuing growth and career opportunities.  How can women ever expect to succeed if they opt-out of participating?

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