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The Showcase Reception features posters, exhibits and mini-presentations of best practices in research and programs. Enjoy delicious refreshments and network with your colleagues as you learn about our Corporate Partners’ and University Partners' initiatives.

Brewing Change: TEA (Technical Equity Assessment) for Women in Engineering and the Sciences

Alandra Kahl, Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University Greater Allegheny
This session highlights the experiences of women in the sciences and engineering as shared in a weekly discussion group. Participants responded to weekly prompts through discussion and journaling addressing gendered experiences of women in these disciplines.

Moving Between Technical and Management Roles

Jessica Eidem, IBM
Dan Gateno, IBM

Learn about transitioning between technical and management roles.   Based on experiences shared, attendees should better be able to decide if management is a good fit.  Moving back and forth between management and technical will also be covered.  This session is recommended for technical attendees and those who mentor/advise technical women.

CRA-Women: Generating Diversity in the Computing Research Pipeline

Tracy Camp, Colorado School of Mines
Jane Stout, Computing Research Association

The goal of the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is to take positive action to increase the number of women participating in Computer Science and Engineering research and education at all levels. Diversity drives innovation.

Advancement of Women Faculty

Canan Bilen-Green, Vice Provost for Advancement of Faculty, North Dakota State University, Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Ann Burnett, Director of Women and Gender Studies and Professor of Communication, North Dakota State University
Karen Froelich, MBA Director and Professor of Management, Chair of Commission on the Status of Women Faculty, North Dakota State University

In this showcase we will describe unique and effective programs designed to help advance women faculty.  Programs include networking, mentoring, promotion to professor, leadership development and grant programs for new and mid-career women faculty. Quantitative and qualitative data will be reported to discuss program effectiveness in advancing women faculty.

Resources for Strategically Recruiting and Retaining Undergraduate Women in Computing

Emmy Soyka, Extension Services Program Manager, National Center for Women & IT
Michelle Slattery, Extension Services Consultant, National Center for Women & IT

This presentation will provide resources and approaches for how to develop a comprehensive strategy for improving the gender parity of an undergraduate computing major.  Both recruitment and retention will be covered, as well as how these fit into the NCWIT Extension Services Systemic Change Model.

The ADVANCE Implementation Mentors (AIM) Network: A Model Change-Agent Community of Practice

Gretal Leibnitz, Ph.D., ADVANCE Implementation Mentor (AIM) Network Founder and Director
The goal of NSF’s ADVANCE program is to recruit, retain and advance STEM women faculty.  The ADVANCE Implementation Mentors (AIM) Network is a grass-roots, Community of Practice model formed to support ADVANCE Change Leaders through responsive networking/mentoring; efficient dissemination of data, programs, and resources; and critical “how-to” information-sharing.

Capitalizing on the Inspiration Economy:
How to Attract More Young Women to Engineering

Tom Heck, Purdue University
Programs that introduce K12 students to engineering design are everywhere. However, most attract only 10-14% female participants at best.  Compare this to a program developed at Purdue University which attracts 40-50% female participants. Whereas most programs only engage the head, Purdue engages the head AND the heart. Purdue has designed a program which capitalizes on the “Inspiration Economy” and in so doing, has found a way to engage a high percentage of both female and male students.

ELATE at Drexel-- Building a Community of Leaders in Engineering and the Sciences

Diane Magrane, MD, Executive Director, International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics Drexel University (ICELA at Drexel)
Olivia Lee, Associate Director of Alumnae Relations ICELA at Drexel (ICELA - International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics)

ELATE at Drexel aims to correct the paucity of women leaders in academic engineering and the sciences by building a community of women with skills in finance, organizational change, interpersonal effectiveness and political savvy.  The ELATE showcase will highlight the opportunities and early outcomes of this one year part-time Fellowship.

WEPAN Partner Exhibits

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Founded in 1957, Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering maintains one of the most recognized engineering programs in the country. Its undergraduate program ranks third nationally among public universities, master's category, according to the U.S. News & World Report and also boasts the largest mechanical engineering and civil engineering program in all of California.

ENGAGE Project

ENGAGE's research-based strategies can help you to retain undergraduates, particularly of underrepresented groups, by improving students' day-to-day classroom and educational experiences:  Everyday Examples in Engineering (E3s) contribute to student persistence in Engineering;  Faculty-Student Interaction improves student engagement in the classroom; Strong Spatial Visualization Skills contribute to student retention in STEM-and can be improved with training.

Louisiana Tech University

Louisiana Tech has a legacy of producing outstanding engineers, with an array of innovative programs such as Living with the Lab.  Internationally recognized, it provides all freshmen with a year of experiential learning through interdisciplinary projects.  Distinctive opportunities outside the classroom include the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program (with 64% women graduates) and award-winning SWE and NSBE student groups.  We are also proud of our NSF ADVANCE Program, which works to create a culture of success for women faculty.

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University College of Engineering strives to foster a learning culture that prepares students to be key contributors to society with technological, professional and personal skills. In addition to being an innovative leader in engineering and architecture education, we fulfill our university's land grant mission of advancing Ohio's economic mobility, competitiveness and standard of living through our contributions toward technology and creativity, continuous improvement, a diverse workforce and lifelong learning.

University of California - Irvine

Founded in 1965, UC Irvine’s Samueli School of Engineering educates more than 4,000 engineers each year with an integrative approach that blends fundamentals, research and hands-on experience. The school’s mission is to unleash innovation, create opportunities and inspire ingenuity. The Samueli School’s faculty members are leaders in their disciplines who have achieved worldwide recognition for their research and dedicated teaching.

University of Colorado - Boulder

The BOLD (Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity) Center is part of CU-Boulder and The College of Engineering and Applied Science’s commitment to creating an environment where students achieve their dreams. Our mission is to graduate diverse and outstanding engineers prepared to change the world. BOLD fosters success through academic resources, leadership opportunities and a supportive community in order to break down the barriers that keep too many of today’s talent from reaching their aspirations.

University of Dayton

The University of Dayton (UD) is a leader in Catholic higher education, built on a strong foundation rooted in the Catholic faith and Marianist tradition.  UD is deeply committed to pursuing diversity within a common mission, building consensus, and fulfilling its founding vision of educating the whole person through the integration of learning and scholarship with leadership and service.  The School of Engineering's Diversity Engineering Program is committed to enhancing the success of women in engineering. 

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