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Podcast: FY21 Special Directors Discuss Equity in STEM

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EP 98: FY21 Special Directors Discuss Equity in STEM

In this SWE Diverse episode, Heather Doty, SWE FY21 President, speaks with recently appointed FY21 Special Directors, Dr. Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua and Dr. Maisha Gray-Diggs. Together, they discuss their accomplishments as Black women in STEM and what they hope to bring to the Society’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

Dr. Rose-Margaret Ekeng-ItuaFY21 special director- Rose-Margaret

Dr. Rose- Margaret is a professor of engineering and coordinator of the Smart Manufacturing Technology Program at Ohlone College, with over 15 years of experience in higher education. Before moving to the US, she was the Chair of the Engineering Department, and Senior Lecturer of Electrical Electronics Engineering at the University of West London, London, UK. She holds a B.Eng. (Hons) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, an MSc. in Mobile and Satellite Communication Engineering, and Ph.D. in Cybernetics. She has been recognized by UNESCO, BBC, and the IEEE for her contributions towards bridging gender and race divides in STEM education and careers.

Dr. Maisha Gray-DiggsFY21 Special Director- Maisha Gray-Diggs

Dr. Maisha Gray-Diggs (a.k.a. Dr. MGD) is the senior director of Technical, University, and Events Talent Acquisition at Twitter. She leads a global team that recruits the software engineers, product managers, data scientists, designers, and researchers responsible for the services and infrastructure that make Twitter the go-to platform for what’s happening. She is passionate about changing the face of tech and works daily to ensure inclusion is happening in all of Twitter’s recruitment efforts. Dr. MGD holds a Bachelor of Science (from MIT) and a Ph.D. (from Northwestern) in Materials Science & Engineering.

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