I am a 4th year Mechanical Engineering B.S. student at Stanford University, planning to pursue graduate work in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT next year. I am a Nigerian-American from central Texas, and I am a devoted advocate for diversity in engineering.
Shannon K. Gilmartin, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scholar at the Stanford VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab and Adjunct Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. She is also Managing Director of SKG Analysis, a research consulting firm. Her expertise and interests focus on education and workforce development in engineering and science fields. Previous and current clients include the American Chemical Society, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, California Institute of Technology, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University Fullerton, the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education at Stanford University, the School of Medicine at Stanford University, and the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Sheri D. Sheppard, Ph.D., P.E., is professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. Besides teaching both undergraduate and graduate design and education related classes at Stanford University, she conducts research on engineering education and work-practices, and applied finite element analysis. From 1999-2008 she served as a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, leading the Foundation’s engineering study (as reported in Educating Engineers: Designing for the Future of the Field). In addition, in 2011 Dr. Sheppard was named as co-PI of a national NSF innovation center (Epicenter), and leads an NSF program at Stanford on summer research experiences for high school teachers. Her industry experiences includes engineering positions at Detroit's "Big Three:" Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, and Chrysler Corporation.
At Stanford she has served a chair of the faculty senate, and recently served as Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education.
Gloriana Trujillo joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University in 2015. She initially trained as a basic science researcher, having first earned a B.A. at Dartmouth College in Biology, followed by a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, San Diego. Gloriana became interested in teaching and learning through her graduate work as a developmental neurobiologist and was awarded an National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship. She became intrigued by pedagogical approaches and how these impact students in the biology classroom during her National Institutes of Health-funded IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of New Mexico. Gloriana's interest in biology education research led her to San Francisco State University, where she worked with Dr. Kimberly Tanner on biology department-wide faculty professional development funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. At SFSU, Gloriana's research sought to understand students' self-efficacy, sense of belonging, and science identity to ultimately affect change in undergraduate biology classrooms. Throughout her scientific career, Gloriana has been an advocate for underrepresented and underprivileged populations, and is an active member of SACNAS.
Carol B. Muller is the Executive Director of WISE Ventures, an internal initiative at Stanford, designed to communicate, build networks, and help seed new and needed ventures across the Stanford campus to advance gender equity in science and engineering. She also directs Stanford’s Faculty Women’s Forum. A longtime university administrator, educator, and social entrepreneur, her past experience includes service as Associate Dean for Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, where she co-founded the campus-wide Women in Science Project. She founded and was chief executive of MentorNet, a large-scale online nonprofit global mentoring network advancing diversity in engineering and science (1996-2008). At Stanford, she was consulting associate professor of mechanical engineering between 1998 and 2002, collaborating with faculty and staff to create “New Century Scholars: Teaching, Learning, and Your Academic Career,” a summer workshop designed for new engineering faculty members. A Fellow of the Association for Women in Science, Dr. Muller and her work have been recognized with other national awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, and the Anita Borg Social Impact Award. She has authored and presented numerous papers, presentations, and workshops. She earned an A.B. from Dartmouth in philosophy (1977), and A.M. (1981) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees in education administration and policy analysis from Stanford, and continues to build upon research in the design and implementation of programs.
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