Seminar: ME 311 
Women in Engineering: Pioneering Women

Winter Quarter 00-01, Thursdays 4:15-5:05, Thorton 102


Week Date Discussion Topic Speaker
1 January 11  Where we are and where we want to be
Welcome meeting, explanation of the seminar, discussion
Sheri Sheppard, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Advisor to the ME Women's Group
2 January 18 How the law has changed opportunities for women in the workforce
Dr. Rhode studies professional  responsibility and gender discrimination.   
Deborah Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law at Stanford and former director of Stanford's Institute for Research on Women and Gender
3 January 25 Starting something new: firsthand advice
Ms. Downing and Ms. Meredith have both been involved with starting new science ventures and will share their experience and insights.
  • Elizabeth Downing, Founder and CEO of 3D Technology Labs
  • Debby Meredith, Partner at Mohr, Davidow Ventures
  • 4 February 1 Be a Marine -- Free a Marine to Fight
    Colonel Kleberger will discuss this early phrase used to gather women in the Corps in 1943 and her subsequent career commanding over the training of women Marines.
    Lt. Col. Doris Kleberger, USMC (Ret.) member of the first class of women trained as Marines
    5 February 8 Paths after college for women in the U.S. and Japan
    Dr. Strober's research and consulting focus on gender issues at work and she is the author of articles on occupational segregation, women in the professions and management, the economics of childcare, feminist economics and the teaching of economics. 
    Myra Strober, Labor Economist and Professor at the School of Education at Stanford. 
    6 February 15 Women in industry -- A perspective from General Motors
    This panel will share their thoughts and experiences on working in a traditionally male industry, as well as provide insight into women as managers of engineering teams.
  • Jane McFarlane, Onstar Director for Advanced Technology Planning
  • Cathy Clegg, Metal Fabricating Division Program Manager for the GM Truck Group
  • 7 February 22 Engineering, careers, and life balance
    How do women succeed in engineering and maintain their interests in other areas?  These women will share their interests and opinions on successful living.
  • Brit d'Arbeloff, first woman to receive a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford. 
  • Carol B. Muller, founder and executive director of MentorNet, the national electronic mentoring network for women in engineering and science, based at San Josť State University.
  • Patricia Gachiengo, ME graduate of Stanford, and current grad student (MSE) with an interest in the internet and developing countries
  • 8 March 1 Smith College: The start of a new engineering program in an all-women's college
    In addition to her technical research, Mikic has very strong interests in the areas of undergraduate engineering education, gender, science and technology, and the history of science and technology. Her decision to join the faculty of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College was rooted in a strong desire to help create a new model for undergraduate engineering science education in which elements of the liberal arts are uniquely integrated into a rigorous engineering curriculum.
    Borjana Mikic, Associate Professor at Smith College's Picker Program of Engineering and Technology
    9 March 8 Discussion
    Wrap up of the seminar, feedback
    No speaker, discussion led by the ME Women's Group Organizers 
    10 March 15 Our turn:  Women in engineering and science at Stanford
    Dr. Plummer has an interest in hearing the thoughts and opinions of ME311 students pertaining to their Stanford experience.
    Dean Jim Plummer, Dean of Stanford's School of Engineering, The Frederick Emmons Terman Professor of Engineering, John M. Fluke Professor, Electrical Engineering, Professor, by courtesy, Materials Science and Engineering 

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