Thursday, April 3, 2014
CMU women join computer and engineering research meetup
Carnegie Mellon faculty and students will join fellow researchers from Stanford and UC Berkeley to network and build awareness for the work of women in electrical engineering and computer science. The Research Meet-up, held April 5 at Stanford University, highlights accomplishments of students at the graduate and undergraduate levels and includes opportunities to meet with professional women working in the Bay Area's large computer and engineering industries.
Sheryl Root, Professor of the Practice in the Software Management program, and Assistant Research Professor Jia Zhang will be on a professors' panel to discuss opportunities for women in technical and academic fields. Several other women from the Silicon Valley campus MS and Ph.D. programs also plan to attend the poster sessions, research presentations and seminars.
Historically, women have been underrepresented in engineering disciplines, particularly at the graduate levels. At the undergraduate level, CMU's College of Engineering enrollment is roughly 30% female, higher than the national average of about 20%, as reported by the National Science Foundation. To continue encouraging women to pursue advanced degrees and careers in engineering, the faculty and students at CMU and the Silicon Valley campus regularly participate in events at universities, in IEEE Women in Engineering groups and other women's networking events.