Category: Diversity and Inclusion
Julie Rursch, lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, is one of many inspiring women at Iowa State. Rursch and 71 other selected women at ISU are a part of Cardinal Women, a university group specifically for women focusing on leadership development in both personal and professional settings. Cardinal … Continue reading ECpE’s Cardinal Woman: Julie Rursch
Namrata Vaswani, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and courtesy professor in Mathematics at Iowa State University, has recently received a prestigious award from her alma mater, the University of Maryland, College Park. Vaswani’s award, the 2019 ECE Distinguished Alumni Award, was presented to Vaswani due to her exemplary contributions to … Continue reading ECpE’s Vaswani receives Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Maryland
Nicola Bowler, professor of materials science and engineering (MSE) at Iowa State University, has an interesting backstory. She is a female faculty member in engineering, a field which has historically been represented by men and still sees males play the majority role (nationally, on average, only 16.9 percent of tenure/tenure-track faculty in U.S. colleges of engineering are women). She also … Continue reading Bowler promotes inclusion in her roles as MSE professor and Episcopal deacon
Digital Women: Innovating limitless magic makers As a woman in engineering, it can be easy to feel like an outcast — especially when there aren’t many other women around. About 12 years ago, an organization called Digital Women was formed at Iowa State University, dedicated to building a community and a networking opportunity for … Continue reading Digital Women: Innovating limitless magic makers
Aspiring to success: Software and sports Many students in college understand the struggle of balancing schoolwork, jobs, classes and extracurricular activities. Two students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, Bailey Righi and Samantha Williams, are strong athletes and juniors in software engineering, balancing track, softball, school and everything in … Continue reading Aspiring to success: Software and sports
Rachel Shannon: Sparking limitless dreams while fueling for change Rachel Shannon, a graduate student at Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) has traveled an unexpected path and never thought she’d be where she is today. Last December, Shannon graduated with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering, but she still has … Continue reading Rachel Shannon: Sparking limitless dreams while fueling for change
SWE: Making strides for women in STEM Over 40 years ago, the Society for Women Engineers (SWE) was founded at Iowa State University and now has over 200 members. SWE at Iowa State allows members to connect with professional organizations and role models through conferences around the nation, while also reaching out to younger girls … Continue reading SWE: Making strides for women in STEM
At Iowa State University, different mindsets and backgrounds are crucial to success. That’s why the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering hosts Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineers as Leaders (ECSEL), a program working to improve diversity and inclusion in electrical, computer and software engineering programs and in the workforce. ECSEL focuses on the representation and … Continue reading ECSEL: Leading diversity and inclusion in ECpE
Today, women teaching at Iowa State University (ISU) probably don’t worry about finding a place to live near campus. Students, faculty and alums may be surprised to find that, prior to 1922, both female students and faculty members sometimes struggled to find housing.
The National Society of Black Engineers works towards increasing the number of culturally responsible black engineers that have a positive influence in college and community life. Andrew Whitehead, the president of Iowa State’s NSBE chapter, chooses to live that motto everyday.
FundISU is a new way for Cyclone Engineering alumni and friends to support the innovative work and research being done at Iowa State University. Nearly four years ago the Iowa State University Foundation implemented FundISU – a crowdfunding platform helps Iowa State University community members raise money to support projects that advance innovation, teaching and learning at the university and promote Iowa State’s mission to create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.
Michelle Soupir, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, was named equity advisor for the College of Engineering. She will support the recruitment and advancement of women and faculty of color, and disseminate information and best practices to engineering departments. Soupir will also be engaged with ADVANCE activities at the university and college levels.
This research feature is part of a series highlighting the work of ISU CCEE faculty. For more information, visit our website, www.ccee.iastate.edu/research/. Also, follow ISU CCEE on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn (search “Iowa State University Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering” and “ISUConE”). Text-only version available.