Podcast: Dean Ropella on Changing the Face of Engineering

In this Diverse podcast episode, Dr. Kristina Ropella, first female dean at Marquette University's Opus College of Engineering, speaks to FY19 SWE President Penny Wirsing about her goal of changing the face of engineering.

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Podcast: Dean Ropella on Changing the Face of Engineering

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Kristina Ropella

In this Diverse podcast episode, FY19 SWE President Penny Wirsing speaks to Dr. Kristina Ropella, Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering at Marquette University. Over the course of her career, Dr. Kris Ropella has been the first woman in several college leadership positions—full professor, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and now as Opus Dean. As she has progressed throughout her career as a female in a male-dominated field, she has developed a keen interest in female leadership and a mission to “change the face of engineering” to create a field that is more representative of the diverse world in which we live.

“As a female in engineering, I know how daunting it can be to enter places where you do not see others like yourself; it can make you doubt your success and your “right” to be there. Underrepresented backgrounds in engineering need to see mentors and people who look just like them, succeeding in engineering and showing them that they, too, can be engineers.”

Dr. Kristina Ropella


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