Category: Diversity and Inclusion

Strength in numbers: New national chair leading NSBE with purpose

Focus. Focus on what you want and go for it. These are the first two lines of Jocelyn Jackson’s personal mission statement. And as the new national chair for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) as of May 1, focus is Jackson’s top priority. When it comes to NSBE, Jackson treats focus as an acronym … Continue reading Strength in numbers: New national chair leading NSBE with purpose

Graduating ECSEL Scholar: Building an inclusive network

Graduation is around the corner for many students. For some, the thought of graduating is intimidating. For others, like Larisa Thys, a software engineering student at Iowa State University graduating this May, commencement is an exciting next step. But Thys will never forget the experience she had throughout her four years with the Department of … Continue reading Graduating ECSEL Scholar: Building an inclusive network

ECpE’s Vaswani receives ECE Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Maryland

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 ECE Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Maryland

Bowler promotes inclusion in her roles as MSE professor and Episcopal deacon

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

Aspiring to success: Software and sports

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: 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

ECSEL: Leading diversity and inclusion in ECpE

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