Eve Riskin received her BS degree in Electrical Engineering from
M.I.T. and her graduate degrees in EE from Stanford. Since 1990, she
has been in the EE Department at the University of Washington where
she is now Associate Dean of Diversity and Access in the College of
Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the
ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change. With ADVANCE, she works on
mentoring and leadership development programs for women faculty in
SEM. Her research interests include image compression and image
processing, with a focus on developing video compression algorithms to
allow for cell-phone transmission of American Sign Language. She was
awarded a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, a
Sloan Research Fellowship, the 2006 WEPAN University Change Agent
award, the 2006 Hewlett-Packard Harriett B. Rigas Award, and the 2007
University of Washington David B. Thorud Leadership Award.
She is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Jana B. Milford is professor of mechanical engineering and faculty advisor for the Engineering GoldShirt Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law. Her research and teaching focus on atmospheric chemistry and transport modeling and air quality management.
Janet Callahan is Chair and Professor of the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. Dr. Callahan received her Ph.D. in Materials Science, M.S. in Metallurgy, and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Her educational research interests include retention, mathematics and materials science teaching and learning, first-year programs, accreditation, and faculty development.
Pamela C. Cosman received the B.S. degree with Honor in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1987 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1993. In 1995 she joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego, and is currently a Professor. She has published over 250 journal and conference papers in the areas of image/video compression and processing and wireless communications. She served as Director of the Center for Wireless Communications (2006-2008), Associate Dean for Students of the Jacobs School of Engineering (2013-2016), and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (2006-2009). Her awards include the 2016 UC San Diego Affirmative Action and Diversity Award, and the 2017 Athena Pinnacle Award (Individual in Education). She is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi, and a Fellow of the IEEE.
John Schneider is an associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. He has been with WSU since 1991. He conducts research in the areas of acoustics, optics and electromagnetics; wave propagation and scattering; computer solutions to electromagnetic and acoustic problems; and remote sensing. He has received the Reid Miller Teaching Excellence award from the College and has been the EECS researcher of the year. He was the recipient of a prestigious U.S. Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. In 2012, he was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), where he was recognized for contributions to the field of computational electromagnetics.
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Professor of Physics
Emily Knaphus-Soran is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) at the University of Washington. She works on the evaluation of several projects aimed at improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. She also conducts research on the social-psychological and institutional forces that contribute to the persistence of race and class inequalities in the United States. Emily earned a PhD and MA in Sociology from the University of Washington, and a BA in Sociology from Smith College.
Donna Crystal Llewellyn received her BA (major in Mathematics and minor in Economics) with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 1980. She went on to earn an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1984. After 30 years at Georgia Tech in a variety of roles, Donna became the Executive Director of the new Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives at Boise State University in January 2015. Donna's current interests center around education issues in general, and in particular on increasing access and success of those traditionally under-represented and/or under-served in STEM higher education.
Ann Delaney is the Program Director of the SAGE Scholars scholarship program at Boise State University, which is part of the Redshirting in Engineering Consortium. As part of this program, she collaborates with the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives at Boise State to organize the RAISE summer program (Recreation and Academics In a Summer Experience) for incoming first-year STEM students. She also teaches a service-learning Introduction to Engineering course at Boise State. Ann graduated with her Masters in Materials Science & Engineering with an interdisciplinary emphasis in Public Policy and Administration from Boise State University. In the Spring of 2016, Ann was recognized as part of the first cohort of University Innovation Fellows at Boise State. As a Fellow, she has worked on issues around diversity and makerspace culture, and has facilitated Design Thinking workshops for the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, Boise State, and the University Innovation Fellows organization (now part of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, a.k.a. the d.school).
Beth A. Myers is the Director of Analytics, Assessment and Accreditation at the University of Colorado Boulder. She holds a BA in biochemistry, ME in engineering management and PhD in civil engineering. Her interests are in quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis as related to equity in education.
Katherine directs the Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) program at Washington State University. She holds a Master of Science in Mathematics with a Teaching Emphasis.
Director, STARS Program
Diversity & Access
College of Engineering
TANYA D. ENNIS is the current Engineering GoldShirt Program Director at the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. She received her M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her career in the telecommunications industry included positions in software and systems engineering and technical project management. Tanya taught mathematics at the Denver School of Science and Technology, the highest performing high school in Denver Public Schools. She is a PhD student in the School of Education at University of Colorado Boulder studying Learning Sciences and Human Development.
Kevin O’Connor is assistant professor of Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. His scholarship focuses on human action, communication, and learning as socioculturally organized phenomena. A major strand of his research explores the varied trajectories taken by students as they attempt to enter professional disciplines such as engineering, and focuses on the dilemmas encountered by students as they move through these institutionalized trajectories. He is co-editor of a 2010 National Society for the Study of Education Yearbook, Learning Research as a Human Science. Other work has appeared in Linguistics and Education; Mind, Culture, and Activity; Anthropology & Education Quarterly, the Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science; the Journal of Engineering Education; and the Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research. His teaching interests include developmental psychology; sociocultural theories of communication, learning, and identity; qualitative methods; and discourse analysis.
Michelle is currently the Director of the IDEA Engineering Student Center at UC San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering (Inclusion-Diversity-Excellence-Achievement). Dr. Ferrez has twenty three years of experience on diversity in STEM access, retention, and success programs in higher education (4 year and community colleges), K-12 and graduate student pipeline programs, and the role of four-year minority serving institutions in creating educational equity in STEM. Her primary interest centers on postsecondary success for minoritized women and men in STEM fields. Following this interest, she has conducted research in several areas including the intersectionality of race and gender in engineering; including understanding the culture, climate, and infrastructure of an engineering program (policies, organizational norms, interactions with faculty & peers, etc.) that may reinforce racial and gender stereotypes, engender feelings of racial and gender subordination, and disproportionately validate and privilege members of some racial groups at the expense of others.
Tiffany Pan is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) at the University of Washington, where she primarily works on evaluating The Redshirt in Engineering Consortium. Tiffany is a PhD candidate in Bio-cultural Anthropology interested in the links between biology, behavior, and environment and their collective effects on human health. She also earned an MPH in Epidemiology and MA in Anthropology from the University of Washington.
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