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The Changing Role of Professional Societies for Academics

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

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978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Women in Engineering Division Technical Session - Retaining and Developing Women Faculty

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Women in Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy

Tagged Topics

Diversity, ASEE Diversity Committee, and Engineering Deans Council

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14

DOI

10.18260/p.27356

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75

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Gretchen L. Hein Michigan Technological University

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Gretchen Hein is a senior lecturer in Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Tech. She have been teaching ENG3200, Thermo-Fluids since 2005. She also teaches first-tear engineering classes. She has been active in incorporating innovative instructional methods into all course she teaches. Her research areas also include why students persist in STEM programs and underrepresented groups in engineering.

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Daniela Faas Harvard University

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Dr. Faas is currently the Senior Preceptor in Design Instruction at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University. She is also a research affiliate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Dr. Faas was the Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT from July 2010 to July 2012. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Human Computer Interaction at Iowa State University under Prof. Judy M. Vance in 2010. Her research developed a methodology to support low clearance immersive, intuitive manual assembly while using low-cost desktop-based Virtual Reality systems with haptic force-feedback.
Research interests: virtual reality (VR) applications in mechanical design, design methodology and engineering education.

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Anne M Lucietto Purdue University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-0053-753X

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Dr. Lucietto has focused her research in engineering technology education and the understanding of engineering technology students. She teaches in an active learning style which engages and develops practical skills in the students. Currently she is exploring the performance of engineering technology students in the classroom and using that knowledge to engage them in their studies. Dr. Lucietto is a Fellow in the Society of Women Engineers, Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of other professional organizations.

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Jacquelyn Kay Nagel James Madison University

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Dr. Jacquelyn K. Nagel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. She has eight years of diversified engineering design experience, both in academia and industry, and has experienced engineering design in a range of contexts, including product design, bio-inspired design, electrical and control system design, manufacturing system design, and design for the factory floor. In 2012, Dr. Nagel was recognized by the National eWeek Foundation and IEEE-USA as one of the New Faces of Engineering for her pioneering work in bio-inspired design. In 2013, she attended the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) fifth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium where she was recognized as an innovative engineering educator. Dr. Nagel earned her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and her M.S. and B.S. in manufacturing engineering and electrical engineering, respectively, from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Diane L Peters P.E. Kettering University

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Dr. Peters is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University.

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Rebecca M. Reck Kettering University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-5894-4130

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Rebecca M. Reck is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University. She completed her Ph.D. in systems and entrepreneurial engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016 and her master’s degree in electrical engineering at Iowa State University in 2010. During her eight years at Rockwell Collins as a systems engineer, she contributed to the development of the new ProLine Fusion Flight Control System and served as the project lead for two aircraft. She earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with a mathematics minor from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2005. Her research interests include control systems, mechatronics, instructional laboratories, and experiential learning.

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Mary C. Verstraete The University of Akron

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Mary Verstraete is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Associate Chair for the Undergraduate Program in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Akron. She is also the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and the BME faculty advisor for Tau Beta Pi. Dr. Verstraete received her BS, MS and PhD in Engineering Mechanics, with a focus in Biomechanics, from Michigan State University and started working as an Assistant Professor at The University of Akron in 1988. During her 27 years at the university, she has received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor (only the second woman to do so in the College of Engineering), served as the first Director of the Women in Engineering Program, and served four years as Department Chair of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Verstraete has been awarded numerous teaching honors, both within The University of Akron (university and College wide) and nationally from the Society of Women Engineers (Distinguished Engineering Educator Award) and the American Society of Engineering Education Biomedical Engineering Division (Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award and North Central Section Outstanding Teaching Award).

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Deborah J. O'Bannon P.E. University of Missouri, Kansas City

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Deborah O'Bannon is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, PE, a Fellow in ASCE and SWE, and has been directing the civil engineering capstone class since 2003. The class received one of the inaugural NCEES Awards for Connecting Professional Practice and Education in 2009.

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Abstract

Professional societies fulfill many roles for their members. For underrepresented groups, the different roles become more important. Despite increasing numbers of women and other underrepresented groups in engineering academia, retention rates of women are still below the national average. Professional societies such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) may close the retention gap through community building. Not only do professional societies provide opportunities for networking and career building, but they also provide affirmation that there are others in similar roles. Although there are financial and time constraints to becoming active within a professional society not affiliated with one’s technical area, when academics feel that their involvement is valuable to their career development they will invest necessary time and money into the professional society. Similarities exist between how professional societies retain/attract faculty from underrepresented groups and how universities accomplish the same goal.

This paper focuses on how one professional organization, SWE, is providing opportunities to women in academia that include professional development, recognition/awards, networking, leadership development, and career advancement. These activities will be compared to university initiatives to retain/attract faculty and other underrepresented serving societies to provide an overview of what advantages SWE and other societies offer for the academic members of their organization. SWE is uniquely positioned to provide a community that transcends the organizational boundaries by encompassing technical, service, and professional development areas for women in academia that is inclusive, collaborative, and supportive as well as connected to industry, government and academia on multiple levels.

Hein, G. L., & Faas, D., & Lucietto, A. M., & Nagel, J. K., & Peters, D. L., & Reck, R. M., & Verstraete, M. C., & O'Bannon, D. J. (2016, June), The Changing Role of Professional Societies for Academics Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27356

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