Podcast: SWE Celebrates Pride Month: Experiences of Nonbinary Students in Engineering

In this SWE Diverse episode, Alexa Jakob, lead of SWE's LGBTQ+ and Allies Affinity Group, speaks with Dr. Andrea Haverkamp. Listen as they discuss Dr. Haverkamp's research on the experiences of nonbinary students in engineering.

Episode 134: SWE Celebrates Pride Month: Experiences of Nonbinary Students in Engineering

In this SWE Diverse episode, Alexa Jakob, lead of SWE’s LGBTQ+ and Allies Affinity Group, speaks with Dr. Andrea Haverkamp (she/they). Dr. Haverkamp recently completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering with a doctoral minor in Queer Studies at Oregon State University. Her 3-year research project explored the experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming students in engineering and computer science, such as their sources of community support and collective resiliency in the face of adversity. Listen as Alexa and Andrea discuss this research and the experiences of nonbinary students in engineering.


Andrea Haverkamp

dr. andrea haverkampDr. Andrea Haverkamp (she/they) recently completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering with a doctoral minor in Queer Studies at Oregon State University. Her 3-year research project explored the experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming students in engineering and computer science, such as their sources of community support and collective resiliency in the face of adversity. Dr. Haverkamp serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace, an open-source scholarly publication exploring the intersections of engineering and inequity across the globe. Before her Ph.D., Dr. Haverkamp worked as an engineer in the Federal government and served as a science education volunteer with the Peace Corps in Liberia. Dr. Haverkamp is proud to be out as a queer, gender-nonconforming woman. She is now a labor organizer at United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 21 in Seattle. 

Her dissertation, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Undergraduate Engineering Students: Perspectives, Resiliency, and Suggestions for Improving Engineering Education, is available here.


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