Diversity Breakout Session

Saturday, March 18
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

Electrical and Computer Engineering is lagging behind many other fields in terms of participation of women and other underrepresented minorities. What can you do to change it in your department? How should you plan your next faculty search to ensure that it attracts a diverse pool of candidates? How do you help all your faculty be successful? In this session, panel of diversity experts share the latest research findings and recommendations. 


    Susan Lord
Professor and Chair
Electrical Engineering
University of San Diego                                                                           

Susan M. Lord is Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego. Her NSF-sponsored research focuses on the study and promotion of diversity in engineering including student pathways, Latinos, and military veterans.  A Fellow of the IEEE and ASEE, Dr. Lord has served as President of the IEEE Education Society, General Co-Chair of the Frontiers in Education Conference, and as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education (ToE).  Dr. Lord spent a sabbatical at Southeast University in Nanjing, China.  She and her research team received best paper awards from the Journal of Engineering Education and the IEEE (ToE). 
Agnieszka Miguel    Agnieszka Miguel
Professor and Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Seattle University

Agnieszka Miguel received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2001 from the University of Washington, and MSEE and BSEE from Florida Atlantic University in 1996 and 1994. Dr. Miguel’s research interests involve image processing, pattern recognition, machine learning, wavelets, and image and video compression. She is passionate about active learning and strategies to improve electrical and computer engineering education, as well as increasing the number of women in engineering. She is a PI on an NSF S-STEM ECE Scholars grant, which provides scholarships and academic support to financially needy and academically strong transfer students. Dr. Miguel’s teaching interests include MATLAB, circuits, linear systems, signal processing, digital image processing, and data compression. She is a member of the IEEE, ASEE, SWE, and Tau Beta Pi. Currently, Dr. Miguel is the ASEE Pacific Northwest Section Chair and the Chair of the ASEE Professional Interest Council I, a position that gives her a seat on the ASEE Board of Directors.
  Jenna Carpenter
Dean of Engineering
Campbell  University

Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter is the Founding Dean and Professor of Engineering at Campbell University.  Prior to that, she served for 26 years at Louisiana Tech University, as Associate Dean and Department Head and Director of the Office for Women in Science and Engineering. Dr. Carpenter served as Louisiana Tech’s SWE Faculty Advisor for thirteen years.  She is the 2015-2016 WEPAN Immediate Past President.  Dr. Carpenter was Principal Investigator of Louisiana Tech’s National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant, which sought to create a culture of success for women faculty in engineering and science, and previously served as co-Principal Investigator on the NSF-funded Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Knowledge Center Project, which created an online database/professional community focused on women in engineering and science. She also served as Vice President for Professional Interest Councils on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), as Director-at-Large for the ASEE Women in Engineering Division, as national SWE Faculty Advisor/Counselor Coordinator and as First Vice-President of the Mathematical Association of America.  Dr. Carpenter currently advises on diversity and mentoring programs for a variety of NSF-funded programs and women-serving engineering and science organizations.  She is an ABET Program Evaluator, Co-Chair of the mathematical societies’ Joint Committee on Women, Chair of the MAA Council on the Profession, and Chair of the Steering Committee for the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program.

  Sarah Rajala
James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering
Iowa State University

Dr. Sarah Rajala is the Dean of the College of Engineering at Iowa State University. She is a former president of the American Society for Engineering Education and chaired the Global Engineering Deans Council. She was named the 2016 national engineer of the year award by the American Association of Engineering Societies and received the 2015 national Harriett B. Rigas Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Education Society honoring outstanding female faculty.

Dr. Rajala’s previous leadership positions were at North Carolina State University as associate dean for research and graduate programs and associate dean for academic affairs in the college of engineering; and Mississippi State University as a department chair and dean of the Bagley College of Engineering. Dr. Rajala earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Rice University. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ABET, American Society for Engineering Education and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.


  Teri Reed
Assistant Vice President for Research
University of Cincinnati

Dr. Teri Reed serves as Assistant Vice President of Economic Development in the Office of Research and is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Cincinnati.  She received her B.S. in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma and spent seven years in the petroleum industry, during which time she earned her MBA. She subsequently received her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. Reed helped establish the scholarly foundation for engineering education as an academic discipline through co-authorship of the landmark 2006 JEE special reports “The National Engineering Education Research Colloquies” and “The Research Agenda for the New Discipline of Engineering Education.” She is the 2016 – 2017 President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN).  She is also a member, board member and Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and a member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. She serves as an ABET Engineering Accreditation Council evaluator for ASEE, and served as a reviewer of the National Academy of Engineering’s 2008 report, Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering, and the 2010 report, Standards for K-12 Engineering Education? Reed has received a number of professional honors including the 2015 William Elgin Wickenden Award, the 2013 ASEE Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education, 2007-2008 Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program fellow, and, in fall 2012, Purdue University’s One Brick Higher Award, one of Purdue’s highest honors given by the university president.
    Bevlee Watford
Associate Dean
Academic Affairs Director for the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity
Virginia Tech

Dr. Watford is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) and Director of the Ware Lab in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Dr. Watford is also the incoming president of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She earned all of her degrees from Virginia Tech's College of Engineering (BS Mining Engineering, MS and PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research). Dr. Watford was a program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2005 to 2007 and a program manager for broadening participation in the engineering education and centers division of the NSF from 2013 to 2015.  CEED received the 2010 Claire Felbinger Diversity Award from ABET and the 2011 NSBE-ExxonMobil Impact award for implementing successful research based efforts to improve retention. In 2008 Watford received the WEPAN Founders Award in recognition of her service to WEPAN and her efforts to increase the participation of women in the engineering profession. Most recently, she was awarded the 2016 Principles of Community Award from Virginia Tech in recognition of her efforts in support of diversity and inclusion.

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