The SEAS Center for Women in Engineering (WiE) is a landmark program serving as a model to overcome the challenges facing women faculty, staff, students, and alumni in engineering.
The goal of WiE is to build confidence and knowledge about technology, expand leadership and tech skills, and fully leverage technology in support of academic and professional excellence.
The Center will inform our stakeholders of existing research and evaluated programs we identify as pertinent to the success of SEAS and in engineering overall. It will serve as an umbrella for all efforts focused on women in engineering at SEAS including, but not limited to, a clearinghouse for published research, information on scholarships and fellowships for women, and hosting and supporting public events concerning women in engineering.
The Center will develop new research relevant for and important to SEAS. Possible directions for this include hosting faculty on sabbatical from other institutions interested in researching gender issues within engineering, and hosting visiting scholars. Visiting scholars may engage in research to address the needs within SEAS (e.g., identifying where SEAS loses matriculating women engineers and what can be done to stop the pipeline leaks), identify whether women are disadvantaged in collaborative research projects or in submitted grant proposals, and assess the ramifications.
The Center will adopt or adapt evaluated and published research on programming and activities for the success of SEAS students, faculty, and other stakeholders. It will use these articles to create SEAS-centric programming that may include new inclusive pedagogy for engineering classes, pre-matriculation programs to increase student confidence in their preparation for engineering courses, or robust programs on diversity for faculty search and promotion committees.
The Center will identify strategic research initiatives for interdisciplinary teams to meet, create, and review scholarly work that may impact SEAS directly and be available to share with external stakeholders.