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Bridging the Gender and Skills Gaps with Emerging Technologies

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Elodie Billionniere Miami Dade Community College

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Dr. Billionniere is a Senior Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Technology at Miami Dade College (MDC), where she leads the Cloud Computing Literacy Initiative. She has helped MDC secure over $3 million in federal funding the past three years for STEM and emerging technology education program.
Dr. Billionniere's leadership and mentoring have been celebrated and recognized, most recently with the 2021-2023 The Northern Trust Bank of Florida Endowed Teaching Chair and 2019 Women of Color STEM’s College-Level Promotion of Education Award.

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Farzana Rahman Syracuse University

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Dr Farzana Rahman is an Associate Teaching Professor at the EECS department of Syracuse University. Her research spans the domains of mobile healthcare, healthcare data analytics, and pervasive health technologies. Broadly, my research focuses on integrating mobile and pervasive technologies in health and wellness environments to improve users’ quality of life, mental and physical wellbeing. My research also expands in the direction of mobile security, information and communication technology for development (ICT4D), broadening participation in CS/ IT discipline through the exploration of 1) discipline-based education research to inform pedagogical practices that garner interest and retain women and minorities; 2) success factors contributing to the persistence and success of students (both traditional and non-traditional) in introductory programming courses; 3) how different pedagogical practices can increase underrepresented student performance in CS/IT courses; 4) factors of success impacting student performance in online and inverted classrooms within computing majors and 5) how effective re-entry pathways can facilitate transition of returning women in computing based discipline.

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The number of jobs in the United States requiring substantial Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) expertise has grown nearly 34 percent over the past decade and employers say they are having trouble filling jobs in occupations that depend on skilled technical professionals. Women, specifically adult women, are a pool of talented individuals who can fill STEM jobs nationwide. With the support of National Science Foundation (NSF), the project team designed, developed, organized, conducted, and evaluated a conference supporting the re-entry of adult women in emerging technology (EmTech) fields, such as cybersecurity, data science, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing. In this poster, we summarize the key findings pertinent to overall conference satisfaction and impact, reasons for educational and career breaks, and mitigating barriers for (re-)entering academia and workforce in the computing disciplines. These results are presented to provide insights and give a voice to adult women in tech to build capacity and broaden participation in the computing field through upskilling and reskilling with the emerging technology gateway.

Billionniere, E., & Rahman, F. (2022, August), Bridging the Gender and Skills Gaps with Emerging Technologies Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--41916

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