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Broadening Participation: A Report on a Series of Workshops Aimed at Building Community and Increasing the Number of Women and Minorities in Engineering Design

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013

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2153-5965

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Retaining and Developing Women Faculty in STEM

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Women in Engineering

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21

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23.255.1 - 23.255.21

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https://peer.asee.org/19269

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Katherine Fu MIT

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Kate Fu is Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). In May 2012, she completed her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 2009, and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University in 2007. Her work has focused on studying the engineering design team process through cognitive studies. Her research is now moving toward exploring analogical inspiration and building computational design tools to aid designers during the engineering design process.

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Tahira N Reid Purdue University

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Dr. Tahira N. Reid is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and is the director of the Research in Engineering and Interdisciplinary Design (R.E.I.D.) Lab. Her general research interests include: product design and development; developing methods to support the decision making of engineers and designers, the use of methods from the behavioral sciences to quantify consumer and/or designer judgments and decisions; and studying the role of perception in design. Prior to Purdue, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Mechanical Engineering department at Iowa State working in the Interdisciplinary Research in Sustainable (IRIS) Design Lab. In 2010, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Design Science, with Mechanical Engineering and Psychology as her focus areas. Dr. Reid received both her BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2000 and 2004, respectively.

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Janis P. Terpenny Iowa State University

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Dr. Janis Terpenny is the department chair and Joseph Walkup Professorship of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University. She comes to ISU from Virginia Tech, where she was a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and in the Department of Engineering Education and an affiliate of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Dr. Terpenny also served as a program director for the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF) prior to her move to ISU. She is the director of the Center for e-Design, a multi-university NSF industry/university cooperative research center (I/UCRC). Her research focus is engineering design (process and methods of early design; knowledge and information in design; product families and platforms; obsolescence in products and systems; and complexity of products and systems) and design education (multidisciplinary teams; impacts of project choice and context; and the retention and success of underrepresented students). She has 9 years of industry work experience with the General Electric Company (GE), including the completion of a 2-year corporate management program. Throughout her career, she has managed over $8 million of sponsored research and is the author of 150 peer-reviewed publications. She is a member and Fellow of IIE, a member and Fellow of ASME, and a member of ASEE, INFORMS, Alpha Pi Mu, and Tau Beta Pi. She serves as an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and for the Engineering Economist. She has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, in research, and for service.

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Deborah L. Thurston University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Deborah L. Thurston is a Gutsgell Professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Ph.D. from MIT, is a registered Professional Engineer, and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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Judy M. Vance Iowa State University

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Dr. Judy M. Vance is the Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Professor of Engineering at Iowa State University and a Faculty Fellow of the Virtual Reality Applications Center. Dr. Vance is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and past chair of the ASME Design Engineering Division. She is a former Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and an NSF CAREER award recipient. She served as department chair of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University from 2003 to 2006 and she spent two years at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as the Program Director for Engineering Design and Innovation. She is a past member of the NSF Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee and served as co-chair of the NSF Committee of Visitors for the Design and Manufacturing Innovation Division. In 2012 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Degree from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh UK. Her research focuses on investigations of the use of virtual reality in product design and manufacture.

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Susan Finger Carnegie Mellon University

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Susan Finger is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently on leave at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education. She is also affiliated with the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems and the School of Architecture. Dr. Finger received her B.A. in Astronomy and M.A. in Operations Research from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in Electric Power Systems through Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was the first program director for Design Theory and Methodology at the National Science Foundation and is a founder of the journal Research in Engineering Design. Dr. Finger's research interests include collaborative learning in design, rapid prototyping, and integration of design and manufacturing concerns.

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Gloria J. Wiens University of Florida

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Gloria J. Wiens holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from The University of Michigan, and M.S. and B.S. in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University. After receiving her Ph.D. degree in 1986, she has served on the faculty of State University of New York-Binghamton, Auburn University and University of Florida.
Over the past 26 years, Professor Wiens has been conducting research in the areas of intelligent and autonomous robotic systems, and development of innovative mechanisms and controls for automation, space robotics/small satellites, manufacturing and micro-electro-mechanical systems. She has theoretical and experimental expertise in dynamics and controls of flexible multibody systems; system identification; design and control of robots using intelligent, event-driven, and physics-based modeling techniques; sensor-enabled dynamic (active) fixturing for micro/mesoscale manufacturing systems; system automation; modeling and design of MEMS devices; and design, path-planning, dynamics and control of reconfigurable, cooperative multi-robotic systems. Her research is/has been supported by Lockheed Martin Corporation, DARPA, NSF, NASA, SNL, Hammond Machinery, Inc., Harris Corporation, PhaseSpace Corp., and others. In 2010, Professor Wiens served as a National Research Council supported Senior Research Associate at the AFRL/RVSV-Kirtland AFB conducting research on small satellite telescopes integrating the design of the deployable structures (mechanisms) with the optics.
Professor Wiens has held/holds numerous positions in ASME including Manufacturing Engineering Division (MED) Executive Committee Chair (1998-99) and member (1994-1999), member of Design Engineering Division’s Mechanisms and Robotics Technical Committee (1991-1996, 2006-2012), associate editor for Journal on Manufacturing Science and Engineering (2004-2011), founding member of Micro/Nano-Scale Systems (MNS) Committee (2005-2012), MNS Program and Conference Chair for iDETC/CIE 2008 and 2009 respectively, Conference Micro and Nano Technologies Track chair for 2008 MSEC, member of Design Engineering Division Committee on Broadening Participation (2008-present), member of Board on Pre-College Education (1993-1996), chair of Chattahoochee Section's Honors and Awards Committee (1989-1990), chair of the Chattahoochee Section's Minorities and Women Committee (1992-1994), organizer of The 1st Annual ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division's Student Manufacturing Design Competition (1995), chair (1992) and co-chair (1990) of the Student Mechanism Competition Committee (1989-1990 and 1991 1992), and Newsletter Editor for the Production Engineering Division (1990-1992). In addition, Professor Wiens has served on numerous other panels, committees, U.S.A. delegations and boards for NSF, ASME, IEEE, SME, etc. Professor Wiens has also been serving on the Board of Directors as Vice-President for the Eastern and International Regions for Pi Tau Sigma – National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society Sigma (1999-2014). In summer 2012, Professor was made a fellow of ASME.

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Kazem Kazerounian University of Connecticut

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Kazem Kazerounian is the Interim Dean of the School of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering, University of Connecticut.
Dr. Kazerounian’s expertise is in analytical and computational kinematics and dynamics applied in diverse application fields, such as protein based nano-scale mechanical devices, optimization of mechanisms and gear systems, robotics, and human motion analysis. Additionally he has extensively studied creativity in engineering education. His professional service in ASME includes Chair of the Mechanisms and Robotics Committee, DED Executive Committee, and several ASME conferences including the general conference chair for IDETC/CIE 2002. Currently he is also a member of the ASME Strategic Planning Committee.

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Janet Katherine Allen University of Oklahoma

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Janet Allen came to the University of Oklahoma in August 2009 where she and Professor Farrokh Mistree are establishing the Systems Realization Laboratory at the University of Oklahoma with a focus on engineering design. She holds the John and Mary Moore chair of Engineering and is a Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Before coming to OU, she retired from the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech where she is Professor Emerita. The focus of Dr. Allen’s research is engineering design and especially the management of uncertainty when making design decisions. Her group was among the first to suggest the use of modeling uncertainty in design, particularly in the early stages of design and to recognize the importance of statistical simulation and computer-based experimentation in design and was also among the first to demonstrate the importance of using the design of experiments in exploring regions of design space in order to create surrogate models. This is a necessary step in moving away from the costly and time-consuming method of testing designs by building prototypes and replacing physical prototypes with computer-based experiments. Using surrogate models lead to the investigation of various aspects of robust design of many different systems, especially multilevel and multiscale systems. A special focus has been on supporting collaborative decision making and design – several hierarchical procedures and game theory have been used to model collaborative design. Dr. Allen and her students study/have studied energy systems, mechanical systems, materials, and design methods and have published over 200 papers in journals, conference proceedings and edited books. She is a Fellow of ASME, a Senior Member of AIAA and an Honorary Member of the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society Pi Tau Sigma.

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Kathy Jacobson

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Kathy Jacobson, an ASME Fellow, has 30 years of industrial experience specializing in applying Design for Manufacturing and Affordability in the early product design phases. She has held positions with General Electric and Lockheed Martin in the areas of manufacturing engineering, systems engineering, finance, and conceptual design. She earned her B.S. in Engineering from UCLA. Kathy was a Girl Scout leader for thirteen years and is involved with developing STEM opportunities for girls in her GS council. She also volunteers with the Science Olympiad program at a local middle school and organizes state-wide Science Olympiad coaching workshops.

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Abstract

Broadening Participation: A Report on a Series of Workshops Aimed at Building Community and Increasing the Number of Women and Minorities in Engineering DesignDespite some progress in increasing the numbers of women and minorities in engineering overthe past 30 years, their full participation in the discipline has yet to be achieved, particularly inengineering academia. One cause is the “leaky pipeline”; even after women and minoritieschoose to major in engineering, they drop out at rates higher than their counterparts along allcareer stages (undergraduate school, graduate school, tenure-track, etc). Their small numberscreates isolation that has the unfortunate risks of struggle, less professional success, less sense ofpersonal belonging, and less retention.Our hypothesis is that building a community that provides networking and support, opportunitiesfor collaboration, and professional development, will lead to greater career success, personalfulfillment and professional happiness, retention, and greater participation/contribution fromwomen and minorities. The authors have been conducting a series of workshops aimed atbroadening participation of women and other minorities within the American Society ofMechanical Engineers (ASME), within the Design Engineering Division.This paper reports on the activities and results of the workshop series. Four workshops have beenheld to date, all occurring just prior to the American Society of Mechanical EngineersInternational Design Engineering Technical Conferences (ASME IDETC). Participation is byapplication, and the workshop topics are selected on the basis of their usefulness related toprofessional development for the target audience. The first was on Negotiation Strategies, thesecond on Networking Skills and Strategies, the third on Navigating and Leading Change, andthe fourth on Communicating Technical Ideas. Each workshop was conducted by a professionalconsultant supported by necessary funding for the workshop provided by ASME and additionalfunding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) provided for the participation of graduatestudents and post docs.This paper provides a detailed report on workshop activities, including a description of eachworkshop topic, as well as activities that were conducted within each workshop. In addition, thefindings from surveying workshop participants is presented and analyzed.

Fu, K., & Reid, T. N., & Terpenny, J. P., & Thurston, D. L., & Vance, J. M., & Finger, S., & Wiens, G. J., & Kazerounian, K., & Allen, J. K., & Jacobson, K. (2013, June), Broadening Participation: A Report on a Series of Workshops Aimed at Building Community and Increasing the Number of Women and Minorities in Engineering Design Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19269

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