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Panel discussion on the History of the Women in Engineering Division: Reflections from Past Chairs of the Division

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

History of the Women in Engineering Division: Reflections from Past Chairs of the Division

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Women in Engineering

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Diversity

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13

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Beena Sukumaran Rowan University

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Beena Sukumaran has been on the faculty at Rowan University since 1998 and is currently Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She served as Department Head for 7 years. Under her leadership, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Program saw considerable growth in student and faculty numbers. Her area of expertise is in micro-geomechanics and has published over 100 peer reviewed conference and journal papers including several papers on engineering education and the unique undergraduate curriculum at Rowan University, especially the Engineering Clinics. She has been involved in various outreach activities to recruit more women and minorities into engineering and is Program Chair Elect of the Women in Engineering Division of ASEE. She is the recipient of the 2011 New Jersey Section of ASCE Educator of the Year award as well as the 2013 Distinguished Engineering Award from the New Jersey Alliance for Action.

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Janet Callahan Boise State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6665-1584

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Janet Callahan is Chair and Professor of the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. Dr. Callahan received her Ph.D. in Materials Science, M.S. in Metallurgy, and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include leadership, mathematics and materials science teaching and learning, first-year programs, continuous improvement and faculty development.

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Donna C. Llewellyn Boise State University

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Donna Crystal Llewellyn received her BA (major in Mathematics and minor in Economics) with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 1980. She went on to earn an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1984. After 30 years at Georgia Tech in a variety of roles, Donna became the Executive Director of the new Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives at Boise State University in January 2015. Donna's current interests center around education issues in general, and in particular on increasing access and success of those traditionally under-represented and/or under-served in STEM higher education.

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Beth M. Holloway Purdue University, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Beth Holloway is the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Engagement and the Leah H. Jamieson Director of the Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) in the College of Engineering at Purdue University. She is the current past chair of the Women in Engineering Division of ASEE. Holloway received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education, all from Purdue University.

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Noel N. Schulz Washington State University

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Dr. Noel Schulz received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Va. in 1988 and 1990, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1995. Noel joined the Washington State University faculty in 2016 in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She has a total of over twenty-three years of teaching experience including other schools such as Mississippi State University, Michigan Technological University, University of North Dakota, Virginia Tech and Kansas State University.

Noel is active in teaching, research and service. She enjoys teaching electrical engineering and power engineering topics to students. In research and graduate studies, she has been very active having graduated 40 MS and 13 PhD students; published 160 papers and 2 book chapters; and brought in over $40 M in external research through individual and collaborative projects including an U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award. She is an ASEE and an IEEE Fellow.

She has been active in the IEEE Power & Energy Society serving on the PES Governing Board for 12 years and President for 2012-2013. Dr. Schulz is a member of Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honorary Society), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers.

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Sarah A. Rajala Iowa State University

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Sarah A. Rajala is professor and James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering at Iowa State University. Previously, she served as professor, dean of engineering and department head at Mississippi State University, and associate dean and professor at North Carolina State University. She received her B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University and MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University. Her research expertise is in the analysis and process of images and image sequences and on engineering educational assessment. Rajala is the Past President of ASEE, past Chair of the Engineering Accreditation Council of ABET, past Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), and past Chair of the ASEE Public Policy Committee. She is a Fellow of AAAS, ABET, ASEE, and IEEE.

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Donna Reese Mississippi State University

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Donna Reese served as head of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Mississippi State University from 2010 until 2017. Prior to that she served for six years as associate dean in the Bagley College of Engineering. Her research interests are in recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in computing and engineering fields.

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Abstract

In celebration of 125 years of the American Society of Engineering Education, past Chairs of the Women in Engineering Division, Beth Holloway, Donna Llewellyn, Sarah Rajala and Noel Schulz will convene in a focused panel that looks back through the division’s history. Guiding questions will include: • Lessons learned for women faculty over the years including recruitment, retention and advancement. • Lessons learned for women students over the years including recruitment and retention. • Leveraging ASEE and WIED for advancing one’s career and how did WIED personally affect their career progression. • Their perspective on how the climate for women in engineering has changed over the years. • Changes in the focus of the Division and ASEE over the years. • What were the main issues that the division faced during their Chairship of WIED? • What are some of the research questions we should be asking to better understand what really works in the recruitment and retention of women students, women faculty and development of women leaders in academia?

Sukumaran, B., & Callahan, J., & Llewellyn, D. C., & Holloway, B. M., & Schulz, N. N., & Rajala, S. A., & Reese, D. (2018, June), Panel discussion on the History of the Women in Engineering Division: Reflections from Past Chairs of the Division Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30855

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