APPS AIM TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF FACULTY DIVERSITY ISSUES
ASEE recognizes that to optimize innovation and global competitiveness, the engineering community must actively encourage, support, engage, and advance a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Currently, groups such as women, especially women of color, are underrepresented in the discipline.
The Society’s Engineering Deans Gender Equity (EDGE) Initiative is a three-year program funded by the National Science Foundation to provide tools, strategies, and resources to support deans in identifying and removing barriers that impede recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty from all backgrounds in engineering higher education. EDGE has released two apps focused on increasing deans’ awareness, knowledge, and action in supporting faculty and leaders’ gender diversity, equity, and inclusion.
With data drawn from ASEE’s annual Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology report, the apps’ two dashboards examine trends in the number of women in tenure-track/tenured faculty roles in colleges of engineering over the last two years. The Women Engineering Faculty dashboard allows faculty leaders and researchers to examine trends in tenure-track/tenured positions in engineering by region, institution type, Carnegie class, discipline, and faculty rank. The Underrepresented
Minority Women Faculty dashboard displays data according to race/ethnicity by region, institution type, Carnegie class, discipline, and rank.
VIRTUAL DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: LT. GOVERNOR GARLIN GILCHRIST
On February 24 from 2–3 P.M., E.T., the third lecture in ASEE’s virtual Distinguished Lecture Series will feature Michigan’s Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, who will discuss his experiences and lessons learned from a career spent in pursuit of equity and justice, sharing insights on how he harnesses technology to improve the lives of people across Michigan. Register now: https://bit.ly/2KhQutd.
McGRAW RESEARCH AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
The Curtis W. McGraw Research Award is awarded annually by ASEE’s Engineering Research Council with the initial assistance of the McGraw-Hill Book Company. The award recognizes the significant achievements of early career researchers and educators, emphasizing early achievement, trajectory, and potential.
The recipient of the 2021 award in the non-Ph.D. granting program category is Luke Dosiek from Union College. The recipient of the 2021 award in the Ph.D. granting program category is Maryam Shanechi from the University of Southern California. Shanechi was selected from among five finalists. The other finalists, alphabetically, were Veronica Augustyn (North Carolina State University), Ranga Dias (University of Rochester), Umut Gurkan (Case Western Reserve University), and Elizabeth Nance (University of Washington).
Dosiek and Shanechi will be recognized at the annual business meeting of the ASEE Engineering Research Council at the start of its 2021 Research Leadership Institute, at 3 P.M. on March 9.
SIX ASEE MEMBERS ELECTED TO THE NAE
ASEE congratulates six Society members recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the NAE, a nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership to the nation, is one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can earn.
In total, NAE elected 106 new members and 23 international members. The group’s U.S. membership now totals 2,355, and it has 298 international members.
The ASEE members elected to the NAE are:
Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering, College of Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. For contributions to understanding turbulent processes, leadership in engineering, and contributions to the diversity of the profession.
John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor and Dean, Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. For insights into natural biological control systems and innovative engineering of diabetes control devices.
LD Betz Professor of Environmental Engineering and Department Head, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa. For contributions to quantitative microbial risk assessment for drinking water quality and public health.
Professor and Dean, College of Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. For support of engineering and engineering education through industry-academic collaboration and opportunities for underrepresented groups. Dean Martin-Vega served as 2016–2017 ASEE President.
David Lee/Ernst Weber Chaired Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, Brooklyn. For contributions to the characterization of radio frequency propagation in millimeter wave bands for cellular communication networks.
Dean, College of Engineering, and Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark. For advances in catalysis and energy storage, entrepreneurship, and academic leadership.
UPCOMING WEBINAR: CHALLENGES AT THE INTERSECTION OF P-12 STEM EDUCATION AND RACIAL EQUITY
The DEI webinars of ASEE’s Educators’ Series seek to address systemic issues in PreK–12 STEM education and their impact on underrepresentation in STEM fields.
Join us for the upcoming webinar “Dissect and Dismantle: Challenges at the Intersection of P–12 STEM Education and Racial Equity.” The panel discussion will explore some of the challenges faced by students and teachers and discuss strategies for dismantling them that can lead to inclusive learning environments. The webinar will include current STEM teachers talking about their experiences as well as suggestions on strategies to make STEM subjects more accessible and inclusive, and ways to spark student interest and confidence.
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 6:30–7:45 P.M. E.T. Moderator: Geraldine Gooding, manager, P–12 Activities and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives. Register: https://bit.ly/2MQocaJ.