March 23, 2021 | 10am-3pm CT
March 25, 2021 | 10am-12:45pm CT
Welcome & Introductions
Join us for a brief introduction to the ECEDHA Summit Series.
Fireside Keynote with Renetta Garrison Tull, UC Davis
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Bias Busters at Cal (BB@Cal) works to combat bias through addressing explicit and implicit actions of sexism, racism, and ableism. We work to identify and reduce these biases through continual learning and activism in the classroom, lab space, throughout campus, and in everyday life. BB@Cal has conducted anti-bias training and workshops at the College of Engineering, EECS department (faculty retreats, grad admissions reviews, faculty hiring reviews, etc), various labs and research groups, multiple undergraduate and graduate research programs and REUs, as well as at the EE and CS 375 pedagogy courses over the past 5 years. In addition to these on-campus offerings, Bias Busters has presented at the national laboratories, industry conferences, the Women in Tech Initiative (WITI), and the Western area Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (WECEDHA). Anti-bias work is never truly done and people never truly overcome their personal biases, it is a continual learning process and we must all work together each and every day to make small steps and strides towards improving our community. Working to uplift and reduce bias towards the most vulnerable of us - in tech this is often the disabled, women, and POC - will raise the quality of life for all those involved, as a rising tide lifts all ships.
3rd yr, PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
As a third year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley, Alexander’s research is on micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) for actuators, robotics, and sensors with an interest in nanomaterials and education. Alexander earned his three BS degrees in Mechanical, Aerospace, and Materials Science Engineering at UC Irvine after transferring from Los Angeles Pierce College. As a first-generation, transfer, high-school dropout, Latinx student from a low-income family of eight, Alexander is adamant about working with underprivileged and misunderstood students and community members to enact social and institutional change to upheave the systems that hold us down. Alexander works to make sustainable change on campus and in the surrounding community. In his current work with Bias Busters, Alexander is the Co-President. As of Spring 2021, Alexander also currently works on campus at UC Berkeley with the Mechanical Engineering Department as a Town Hall Coordinator, College of Engineering as a member of the Graduate Study Committee, Office for Graduate Diversity as a Diversity & Community Fellow, SACNAS Grad as Chair/President, Bay Area GPS as Peer Advising Chair, LAGSES as Social Co-Chair, FGLI as a Board Member, and GALS as Internal Affairs Officer.
4th yr, PhD Candidate, African American Studies
University of California, Berkeley
After working in a microbiology lab and 3M, Nicole was set on a career in the life sciences until one day she was in the middle of a debate between her zoology professor and her philosophy professor about ethics. Since then, Nicole has been interested in ways to bring people together from different backgrounds to discuss ethical issues such as environmental justice, multicultural inclusion, and tech for social good. Nicole is a graduate researcher for UC Berkeley's Othering and Belonging Institute working on a landscape scan on technology, surveillance, and social determinants of health for underserved communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Nicole is the social chair of Bias Busters and part of the inaugural class of UC Berkeley Diversity Community Fellows. Her PhD research centers around how DNA ancestry technology and social media converge to teach the public new understandings of race and ethnicity.
4th yr, PhD Candidate, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California, Berkeley
Kieran received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 and spent two years in industry working on low-power wireless power harvesting technology before moving to Berkeley. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley researching resonant microelectromechanical systems for communication and their integration with RF circuits. He has worked with Bias Busters since 2019 to combat systemic biases and injustices in STEM and academia through outreach and education. He lives (and works) at home with his partner, their dog and two cats. Kieran is thrilled to have the privilege to attend and participate in ECEDHA this year.
1st yr, PhD Student, Computational Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Eyes Robson is a PhD student in the Center for Computational Biology at the University of California Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley, Eyes completed their MS in Statistics & Operations Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where they researched applications of machine learning to systems biology. Their current research interest lies in the construction of scalable sequence models for genetic variant interpretation and protein design. They hope to be able to answer important questions like “how can we recast sequences to speed up model training?” or “what fairness metrics can we apply to this pathogenicity prediction model?” Their work is strongly interdisciplinary, borrowing from applied statistics, natural language processing, and parallel computing. Outside of research, Eyes enjoys audiobooks, oatmilk mochas, and oodles of avocados.
5th yr, PhD Student, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California, Berkeley
Josh Sanz is a third year Ph.D. student in the EECS Department at U.C. Berkeley advised by Dr. Anant Sahai. His academic interests lie in the intersection of signal processing and machine learning, and his research focuses on applications of machine learning for physical layer wireless communications. He has been engaged in diversity and inclusion work since his time as an R.A. at Harvey Mudd College, continued through mentoring an all-women FIRST Tech Challenge team while working at Lincoln Laboratory, and currently through membership in the Bias Busters organization at Berkeley.
Introduction to Anti-Racist Practice in Engineering (An Overview)
We invite you to a session that provides an overview of training to enhance equity and inclusion in STEM. The session will include an introduction to an NSF-funded capacity-building workshop for STEM constituents that will be made available to ACEDHA members in April and will also include a reporting out by a panel of academic and industry engineers who participated in the training last month. Come learn about the broader framework being utilized, which incorporates an Anti-Racist lens, and the upcoming workshop that will incorporate includes skill-building exercises.
Chief Diversity Officer for The College
Arizona State University
Delia Saenz is a professor of psychology at Arizona State University where she also serves as chief diversity officer for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She has previously served in higher administration positions including vice president at Bennington College and vice provost at ASU. She is a social psychologist by training whose work focuses on the concept of difference and group productivity in diverse contexts. Her research has been supported by NSF, NIH, & USAID, among other agencies. One area of specialization in Delia's portfolio is broadening participation in STEM. It is this latter specialization that led to the connection with IEC. Indeed, Delia is very much aware and embedded in work that advances equity, inclusion, and diversity in engineering, as she also serves as director of diversity and inclusion for two NSF-funded ERC's, both anchored at ASU: QESST (quantum energy and sustainable solar technologies) and CBBG (center for biomediated and bioinspired geotechnics).
Program Director, EEC
National Science Foundation
Born and raised in Puerto Rico. Dr. Cruz-Pol received a Ph.D. degree (Suma Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University working with passive and active satellite sensors studying atmospheric gases and the sea surface emissivity. She worked in active remote sensing at UMass Amherst for her master’s degree (Suma Cum Laude). Her Bachelor’s degree (Suma Cum Laude) is from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM). She joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UPRM in 1991 and then joined NSF as a Program Director for the Engineering Research Center (ERC) program and the ERC International Center-to-Center (C2C) Liaison. She was a member of U.S. National Academies (NAS) Committee on Radio Frequencies (CORF) from 2010 until 2019. She was also an appointed member of the NAS Active Spectrum Study. She was the Program Director for the EARS (Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum) program at NSF, where she was also a Spectrum Manager from 2014 to 2015. She is a member of the IEEE FARS (Frequency Allocations for Remote Sensing) Technical Committee. She was appointed by NSF as member of the U.S. Delegation for Spectrum Management to the ITU in Geneva and was the NSF Representative for the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC) at the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and for several subcommittees including the one that deals with Frequency Allocations, FAS. She previously served as a rotator at NSF, from 2014-2015, during this time she was selected as the Federal Liaison for the U.S. National Committee for the International Union for Radio Science (URSI). She’s the author of several books on RF Spectrum Management, Antenna Theory, and Environmental Sustainability and coauthor on books on two RF Spectrum published by the National Academies (NAS). Her interests include microwave sensors, weather radars, atmospheric attenuation, RF spectrum, climate monitoring and sustainability. She received the NASA Faculty Award for Research in 2002. She was the Associate Editor for University Affairs for the IEEE GRSS Newsletter for 5 years. Dr. Cruz-Pol is a Senior member of the IEEE. She loves learning about different cultures and trying food from different countries. I also love dancing salsa, painting in acrylics, playing the drums, reading, and going to the beach. She is married with two daughter; one a psychology professor and one an environmental and civil engineer. https://sites.google.com/view/sandraxpol
Professor, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
Arizona State University
Stephen M. Goodnick is a professor of electrical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the deputy director of ASU Lightworks in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. He received his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, in 1983. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Modena, Italy, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow with the Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany, in 1985 and 1986, respectively. He served as Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering with Arizona State University, Tempe, from 1996 to 2005. He served as associate vice president for research for Arizona State University from 2006 to 2008, and presently serves as deputy director of ASU Lightworks, and is Hans Fischer Senior Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Technical University of Munich. Professionally, he served as president (2012-2013) of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council, and served as president of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society Board of Governors, 2011-2012. Some of his main research contributions include analysis of surface roughness at the Si/SiO2 interface, Monte Carlo simulation of ultrafast carrier relaxation in quantum confined systems, global modeling of high frequency and energy conversion devices, full-band simulation of semiconductor devices, transport in nanostructures, and fabrication and characterization of nanoscale semiconductor devices. He has published over 400 journal articles, books, book chapters, and conference proceeding, and is a fellow of IEEE (2004) for contributions to carrier transport fundamentals and semiconductor devices.
Associate Professor, Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Shayla Sawyer is an associate professor in the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her Nano-Bio Optoelectronics research program expands the fundamental understanding, engineering processes, and potential applications of hybrid inorganic/organic materials for optoelectronic devices and sensors. This includes the fabrication of nanomaterials from bacteria, fabrication in a solution process, and the development of optoelectronic sensors and complimentary systems. The optoelectronic devices are comprised of hybrid inorganic/organic materials what may include semiconductor metal oxide nanostructures, conductive polymers, conductive nanostructures, and bio-chemical solutions. Her overall research goal is aimed at effectively fabricating and characterizing novel materials and sensors with consideration of systems that require sensitivity and/or selectivity to bring quantitative measurements in typically qualitative worlds. NSF Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications Research Center, NSF Divison of Biological Infrastructure, National Security Technologies/Department of Energy, NSF Division on Research and Learning, and the NSF GK-12 Community Situated Research Center are a few recent funding resources for her work.
Department Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computational Science, College of Engineering
University of Texas at El Paso
Dr. Miguel Velez-Reyes is Professor and Chair of the UTEP Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research is in sensor and signal analytics.
ECEDHA Update and Award Presentations
Join us as we honor the 2019 Award Winners for the ECEDHA Diversity Award and the RMJ Outstanding Leadership and Service Award.
ECEDHA Diversity Award Winner:
Associate Professor and Department Chair
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 professional interests involve image processing, machine learning, and engineering education especially active learning, diversity, retention, and recruitment. Her teaching interests include MATLAB, circuits, linear systems, and digital image processing. She is a member of the IEEE, ASEE, SWE, and Tau Beta Pi. Currently, Dr. Miguel is the Chair of the ASEE Professional Interest Council I, a position that gives her a seat on the ASEE Board of Directors. She is also the ASEE Pacific Northwest (PNW) Section Chair (2015 - 2017). Dr. Miguel has held several other officer positions across the ASEE including: Division Chair and Program Chair of the ECE and New Engineering Educators Divisions, and ASEE Campus Representative. Dr. Miguel is also a member-at-large of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) Board of Directors. She has been a member of the ECEDHA Annual Conference Program Committee since 2013 and is serving on the Editorial Board for the ECEDHA Source monthly newsletter.
ECEDHA RMJ Outstanding Leadership and Service Award Winner:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Khalil Najafi maintains an active research program in the areas of: micromachining technologies, micromachined sensors, actuators, and MEMS; analog integrated circuits; implantable biomedical microsystems; micropackaging; and low-power wireless sensing/actuating systems. Prof. Najafi has been active in the field of solid-state sensors and actuators since his time as a doctoral student at the University of Michigan in the 1980’s. He studied under Professor Emeritus Kensall D. Wise. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies and the IEEE Sensors Technical Field Award. He received the U-M Distinguished University Innovator Award for his breakthrough technologies in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). He co-founded the startup companies ePack, Inc. and Integrated Sensing Systems. He served as Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2008-2018.
Diversity in Teams: Industry Panel
This panel will delve into how corporations are interfacing with universities to ensure a smooth transition for students. Are universities doing their part in preparing students for an inclusive environment in the workplace? How are corporations fostering a welcoming environment for women and underrepresented minorities?
Intel Programmable Solutions Group
José Roberto Alvarez is Senior Director at Intel Programmable Solutions Group in San Jose, California, where he leads the Technology Strategy and Innovation CTO Office, defining and implementing long term FPGA research strategy and roadmaps. He started his career at Philips Laboratories and throughout his career he has been deeply engaged in architecting, designing and implementing technology products for a variety of companies, including four successful start-ups. His work has been granted 53 patents.
Global Sales and Marketing Manager
Bio to come
Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Nichelle Grant is Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Siemens USA, where she guides the company’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy. Grant’s 21 years within the Siemens business includes developing go-to-market strategies, focusing on the customer experience, and driving operational excellence combined with her passion and commitment to the cause will position the company exceptionally well with stakeholders across the country. Grant has been involved with Diversity & Inclusion at Siemens for over 15 years, which included voluntarily leading the company’s employee resource groups and diversity councils for Siemens USA. Most recently, she has played an integral role working with our supply chain and procurement teams to increase our supplier diversity efforts and represent us before many customers for whom this is core to doing business with Siemens. Grant’s leadership of Diversity & Inclusion extends far beyond Human Resources and has a much broader reach into topics that drive change and make impact to our workforce, our workplace and the marketplace. Grant will drive a more holistic approach to building and leveraging a workforce that mirrors the diversity of our customer base, suppliers, partners and society. She strives to help Siemens continue to drive an inclusive work environment to actively involve every employee’s ideas, knowledge, perspectives, approaches, and styles to maximize business success. And, she will systemically address through data and analytics customer diversity requirements that are now prerequisites and conditions for both routine and complex contracts. Grant is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in Zoology and a Master’s degree from Roosevelt University. Nichelle is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE). She resides in the Northern suburbs of Chicago, with her husband Ulyses.
Senior Principal Application Engineer
Bio to come
Diversity in Teams: Academic Panel
This session will discuss ongoing work and best practices for supporting a diverse and inclusive academic environment for undergraduate students with diverse identities (e.g., through curriculum design, inclusive teaching, community building, etc.). Panelists will briefly describe some of their research and provide examples of changes that have been made, both in the curriculum and co-curricular programming, followed by an open Q&A to engage participants in a lively discussion and exchange of ideas.
Professor of the Practice, ECE
Lisa G. Huettel is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) within Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. She received an S.B. degree in Engineering Science from Harvard University in 1994, and subsequently received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Duke University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. In addition to her teaching and research activities, she currently serves as Associate Chair for Educational Programs and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for ECE at Duke.
Allison Godwin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education and of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. She is also the Director of Engineering Workforce Development the Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR), a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center. Her research focuses how identity, among other affective factors, influences diverse students to choose engineering and persist in engineering. She also studies how different experiences within the practice and culture of engineering foster or hinder belongingness and identity development.
Iowa State University
Diane Rover is a University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. She co-leads RED and S-STEM projects in the department, IINSPIRE LSAMP Alliance, and NSF ARIS Center. Past administrative appointments include associate dean and associate chair (ISU) and interim department chair (MSU). Current professional service includes IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities, IEEE Education Society Board of Governors, and associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Education. She is a Fellow of IEEE and ASEE.
Walter Lee, PhD is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech and the Director for Research in their Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. Lee’s research earned him a National Science Foundation CAREER Award focused on examining the strengths and deficiencies within university support structures and processes from the perspective of marginalized students.
Vice Provost for Academic Advancement
Executive Director of the Provost's Office for Inclusive Excellence
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Professor of Computer Engineering
William H. Robinson is currently a tenured Professor of Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He serves as Vice Provost for Academic Advancement and Executive Director of the Provost's Office for Inclusive Excellence. He co-leads the Explorations in Diversifying Engineering Faculty Initiative (EDEFI) (pronounced “edify”). He is a Senior Member of both the IEEE and the ACM, a member of the ASEE, and a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).