2022 Women in Engineering Virtual Program Day

The 2022 Women in Engineering Virtual Program Day (WIEP) took place October 19, 11am-6pm ET.

WIEP pays homage to WEPAN’s origins as an organization founded by Women in Engineering Program practitioners. Our second annual WIEP builds on the inaugural theme calling us to remember our roots and convenes practitioners and other stakeholders in the advancement of women in engineering to network, share resources, and discuss best practices for supporting women in engineering at higher education institutions.

Keynote Speakers

Tiffany Smith, Ph.D., Cherokee and Muscogee Nations, Director of Research and Career Support, American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Dr. Tiffany Smith (she/her/hers) is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a descendent of the Muscogee Nation. She joined AISES in August 2021 as the director of research. In this role, Dr. Smith manages several grant-supported, research-related projects as well as conducts research focused on Indigenous students and professionals in STEM disciplines. Dr. Smith completed a BA in public relations and sociology, and an MEd and PhD in adult and higher education/student affairs administration, all from the University of Oklahoma. She currently serves as adjunct faculty for the Higher Education Administration graduate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has over 16 years’ experience in multiple aspects of student affairs, including career development, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, first-year experience and student engagement at both a public and private institution.

The 2022 WIEP program contains session descriptions and speaker bios.

Opening Keynote
Opening Keynote
Tiffany Smith, Ph.D
. - Cherokee and Muscogee Nations, Director of Research and Career Support, American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
Theme: Creating Conditions for Retention and Success
"Weaving Women into Engineering vs. Weeding Them Out"

Jenna Carpenter, Ph.D
. - President, American Society for Engineering Education; Dean and Professor, School of Engineering, Campbell University
What's the Secret to Engagement and Retention?: Findings from 4 Established WIE Programs

‍Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer, Ph.D.
- Associate Director, Women in Engineering Program, Purdue University

Sarah Dubois, M.Ed. - Undergraduate Programs Manager, Program for Women in Science and Engineering, Iowa State University

Kathy Ehrlich-Scheffer - Director, WE@RIT, Rochester Institute of Technology

Beth Hart - Principal Lecturer and Director, Women in Engineering Program, University of Dayton
Theme: Confronting the Impacts of Inequity and Moving Toward Change
Effect of Threatening Intellectual Environments on Women in STEM

Bettina Casad, Ph.D
. - Associate Professor and Director, Behavioral Neuroscience Program, University of Missouri
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WIE/WISE Student Panel

Perspectives of WIE and WISE Students from Across the US

Host: Beth Anne Johnson - President, WEPAN; Associate Director, Women in Science and Engineering, Clemson University

  • Maddy Counts - Student, Clemson University
  • Sachi Kulkarni - Student, University of Texas at Austin
  • Amber Oakley - Student, Clemson University
  • Elissa Sainthil - Student, Rochester Institute of Technology
Theme: Scaffolding for the Success of Women in Engineering
From a WIE Director’s Perspective: Supporting Women Engineering Majors

Laura Bottomley, Ph.D
. - Director, Engineering Education, The Engineering Place and Women in Engineering, North Carolina State University
A Framework and Funding Guide to Help Women in Academia Commercialize Research, Get Connected to Resources and Find Funding that Fits

‍Melissa Paciulli
- Executive Director, Kenzie Academy, Southern New Hampshire University
High-5s for Change

Changing the Negative Discourse Regarding Women Belonging and Becoming Engineers

  • Rick Evans, Ph.D. - Director, Engineering Communications Program (ECP), College of Engineering, Cornell University

Advancing Inclusion for Women in STEM Graduate Programs

  • Melissa C. Smith, Ph.D. - Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Graduate Studies, Clemson University
  • Tonyia Stewart - Director, Graduate Recruitment and Inclusive Excellence, Clemson University
  • Andrew Edmunds, Ph.D. - Coordinator, Graduate Recruitment and Inclusive Excellence, Clemson University

Registration Rates

Member Registration Rates
WEPAN Member: $25
WEPAN Member - Postdoc/Community College/K-12/Retiree: $15
WEPAN Member - Student: $10

Non-member Registration Rates

Note: If you are not an individual member and your institution is a member, you can access member pricing.

Non-Member + 1 year WEPAN Membership (Value $200): $100

Non-member - Postdoc/Community College/K-12/Retiree + 1 Year Membership (Value $125): $50
Non-member - Student + 1 Year WEPAN Membership (Value $100): $25
Non-Member without WEPAN Membership: $75


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