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Bowler named College of Engineering equity advisor

Nicola Bowler

Nicola BowlerThe College of Engineering recently announced Professor Nicola Bowler as its next equity advisor. As such, Bowler will play a central role in implementing ISU ADVANCE goals, and will also be the primary leader of efforts at the college level to transform engineering for women and underrepresented minorities. Her appointment is effective immediately.

More specifically, she will work with other equity advisors and the ISU ADVANCE Faculty Fellow to formulate and implement strategies and activities that support institutional transformation and plan for sustainability of the ISU ADVANCE program.

At the college, she will be a resource and provide guidance to departments as they work to achieve ISU ADVANCE-related goals, and will be actively participating on faculty searches and providing support for departmental activities.

“In this role, I will work with individuals from across the university to develop guidelines for best practices that will promote faculty success. I am particularly looking forward to assisting departments within the College of Engineering as they develop better mentoring frameworks,” Bowler said. ” On a personal level, I will enjoy meeting with tenure-track faculty in engineering and listening to their perspectives.”

Bowler received her PhD in the field of eddy-current nondestructive evaluation in 1994. Starting at Iowa State in 1999 with the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), she was later appointed associate professor of MSE in 2006, and then received tenure and promotion to full professor in 2012. She currently has a joint appointment in materials science and engineering; electrical and computer engineering; and the CNDE.

She served as a senior associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation for two years, and is presently associate editor of Measurement Science and Technology, as well as technical editor of the Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation.

Bowler received the 2011 Akinc Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2012 Akinc Excellence in Research Award, both of which were awarded by the MSE department.

She replaces former equity advisor Professor Kristen Constant, who is now chair of materials science and engineering.