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Dual Career Panel

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Managing Dual-Career Issues

Tagged Division

Women in Engineering

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22.514.1 - 22.514.17



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Adrienne R. Minerick Michigan Technological University Orcid 16x16

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Adrienne Minerick is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech having moved from Mississippi State University in Jan 2010, where she was a tenured Associate Professor. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and B.S. from Michigan Technological University in 1998. Adrienne’s research interests include electrokinetics and the development of biomedical microdevices. She earned a 2007 NSF CAREER award; her group has published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Lab on a Chip, and had an AIChE Journal cover. She is an active mentor of undergraduate researchers and served as co-PI on an NSF REU site. Research within her Medical micro-Device Engineering Research Laboratory (MD – ERL) also inspires the development of Desktop Experiment Modules (DEMos) for use in chemical engineering classrooms or as outreach activities in area schools. Adrienne has been an active member of ASEE’s WIED, ChED, and NEE leadership teams since 2003.

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Beena Sukumaran Rowan University

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Beena Sukumaran is Professor and Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rowan University. She has been at Rowan University since 1998. She is also Director at Large for the Women in Engineering Division of ASEE.

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Jacqueline A. El-Sayed Kettering University

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Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University. Her career has spanned industry, academia and state government appointments. In 2008 - 2009, she was selected an American Council on Education Fellow and completed her internship at Harvey Mudd College with her ACE mentor, President Maria Klawe. Currently she serves as the founding chair of the Kettering University Planning and Assessment Council and treasurer of the ASEE Women in Engineering Division. She is married with three children.

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Donna Reese Mississippi State University

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Donna Reese is a Professor and Interim Head of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Mississippi State University. She has been at Mississippi State since 1989 and served for six years as Associate Dean for the Bagley College of Engineering. She is a senior member of ACM and IEEE and was recently recognized by Tau Beta Pi with the McDonald Mentoring award.

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Brian P. Kirkmeyer Miami University

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Dual  Career  Panel  Professionals  and  academicians  who  are  part  of  dual  career  families  face  additional  challenges.    This  panel  will  address  this  via  interactive  discussions  with  the  audience.    The  following  questions  will  be  used  to  structure  the  panel  discussion.       * What  are  your  biggest  challenges  on  a  daily  basis  and  what  is  your  advice  for   balancing  two  careers?       * Were  you  part  of  any  special  recruiting  or  hiring  due  to  your  dual  career  status?   Subsequently,  were  there  any  trailing  spousal  issues?   * Did  you  encounter  any  challenges  during  the  job  search  process?    Did  you  ever   have  to  work  in  separate  locations  to  meet  both  of  your  career  aspirations?   * How  do  you  balance  professional  obligations  such  as  conferences  with  your   partner?       * Were  you  and  your  partner  at  the  same  (or  different)  stages  in  your  careers?   What  challenges  arose  with  this?       * Did  you  and  your  partner  encounter  any  challenges  with  having  children?   * Did  tenure  /  promotion  related  timing  or  decisions  impact  your  professional   progression?   * Have  you  or  your  partner  ever  taken  a  sabbatical  to  another  location  and  how   did  you  manage  this?   * Did  administrative  opportunities  arise  for  you  or  your  partner  and  were  these  a   challenge?        For  all  topics,  panelist  will  provide  insight  from  their  own  experiences  as  well  as  offer  comments  on  effective  practices  they  have  observed.  

Minerick, A. R., & Sukumaran, B., & El-Sayed, J. A., & Reese, D., & Kirkmeyer, B. P. (2011, June), Dual Career Panel Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17795

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