The third annual Society of Women Engineers’ State of Women in Engineering special session highlights the latest data and research on women in engineering, gender bias, workplace culture and more. This session takes place Friday, October 19, 2018 at 3:00 pm CST at the Minneapolis Convention Center during WE18, SWE’s Annual Conference and Career Fair. Register now. This session is also open to the media, and it will be live streamed from the WE18 conference site.
Special Session: State of Women in Engineering
Friday, October 19, 2018
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center, Main Auditorium
Join us for this comprehensive presentation to learn more about current research trends on the state of women in engineering. During this special event, you will hear from the SWE Literature Review authors as they frame the discussion and point to the current research landscape regarding data on women in engineering, gender bias, workplace culture, and more. We’ll examine SWE’s own research, including an overview of SWE’s latest study on gender bias in the engineering workplace in India. Laura Ettinger, Ph.D., will share findings from her research on the experiences of women engineers who graduated from college in the 1970s - a study that involved a number of SWE members. The recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,” will be discussed by the report’s co-author, Alice Merner Agogino, Ph.D. Speakers also include Peggy Layne, Peter Meiksins, and Roberta Rincon.
Alice M. Agogino, PhD, is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering and serves as Chair of the Graduate Group in Development Engineering and Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. She has served as Chair of the UC Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate and Associate Dean of Engineering. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and served on the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine. With over 300 peer-reviewed publications, she has supervised 54 PhD and 193 theses.
Laura Ettinger, PhD, is an associate professor of history at Clarkson University and a historian of women professionals in engineering, science, and medicine. Her current research, funded by the National Science Foundation, is on women engineers who graduated from college in the 1970s. She is writing a book on this subject, tentatively titled Breaking Ground: American Women Engineers from the Baby Boom Generation. Her first book, Nurse-Midwifery: The Birth of a New American Profession, was named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2006 by Choice. She holds a PhD from the University of Rochester.
Peggy Layne, P.E., Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, Virginia Tech, is also Director of AdvanceVT in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. She has degrees in environmental and water resources engineering and science and technology studies. She spent 17 years as a consulting engineer in the fields of water and wastewater treatment and hazardous waste management. A registered professional engineer, Layne served as president of the Society of Women Engineers in 1996-97.
Peter Meiksins, PhD, is Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Professor of Sociology at Cleveland State University. His research interests include the sociology of technical work, work/family balance, women in STEM, and the patterns of inequality and in the sociology of technology and science.
Roberta Rincon, PhD, is the Senior Manager of Research for the Society of Women Engineers, where she oversees the organization’s research activities around issues impacting girls and women from elementary through college and into the engineering workforce.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. The not-for-profit educational and service organization is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. To ensure SWE members reach their full potential as engineers and leaders, the Society offers unique opportunities to network, provides professional development, shapes public policy and provides recognition for the life-changing contributions and achievements of women engineers. As a champion of diversity, SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in their personal and professional lives. For more information about the Society, please visit www.swe.org or call 312.596.5223.