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Women Leadership in Marine Technology and Science: Women Retention in STEM

July 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This series supports MTS’ goal of advancing efforts to highlight, support, and empower women in the marine technology and research fields. Female undergraduates now outnumber males at American colleges and universities. In 2020, women made up 45 percent of STEM majors, an increase of 10 percent over the previous decade. However, the STEM workforce remains challenging for many women. In 2019 the US Census Bureau data revealed the that only 27 percent of STEM workers were women. This indicates a STEM workplace culture problem.

Join MTS for a discussion on retaining women in the STEM workforce.


Maria de los Angeles Dominguez Cuenca
Angeles Domínguez is Associate Dean of Development of the Faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and professor and researcher at the School of Humanities and Education of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. She obtained a degree in Industrial Physical Engineering from the Tecnológico de Monterrey and a PhD in Mathematics Education from Syracuse University. Ángeles serves as a group leader in projects on gender studies in STEM, mathematical and interdisciplinary modeling, and health learning communities. Because of her interest in women’s participation in science, she has been a mentor in the Global STEM Alliance’s 1000Girls-1000Futures program. Dr. Domínguez participates in various international projects, the most recent being the project “Building the future of Latin America: Engaging women into STEM” with a fund from the European Union ERASMUS+ in which 15 universities from 10 countries participate (5 European universities and 10 Latin American).

Esmeralda Campos Munoz
Esmeralda Campos is a postdoctoral researcher for the Center for Science Education Research, University of Vienna. She graduated with a degree in Industrial Physics Engineering from the Tecnológico de Monterrey. She obtained her Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Science Education from the Virtual University of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. She studied for a PhD in Educational Innovation from the Tecnológico de Monterrey. She actively participates in the Physics Education Research and Innovation Group and in the “STEM Education” line of the Research and Strategic Focus Group on Educational Innovation. She focuses her research on college students’ conceptual understanding of abstract topics from introductory physics courses, especially from the Electricity and Magnetism course.

Vandana Singh
Vandana Singh is a Professor in the iSchool, the School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is serving as the inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the College of Communication and Information. Vendana graduated with a PhD in Information Science from the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 2008. Her dissertation research was on Online Communities to Support the Users of Open-Source Software. She holds two masters degrees, one in Computer Science from University of Chicago, Illinois, USA and the other one in Knowledge Management Systems from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her undergraduate degree is from G.B. Pant University, in the foothills of Himalayas in India. Her current research interests are in Gender and IT, Open-Source Software, Technology for Library Professionals, Women in STEM, Rural Libraries, Social Justice, Online Learning/Communities and, Computer Supported Cooperative Work.

Roberta Rincon
As the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Associate Director of Research, Roberta oversees the organization’s research activities on gender equity issues affecting girls and women in engineering, from school to career. Before joining SWE, Roberta was a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at The University of Texas System. She has over 20 years of experience in education research and policy analysis. In her current role, she shares SWE’s research on gender equity in engineering and technology with academic, industry, and policy researchers and practitioners to inform their STEM diversity efforts. Roberta holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, an MBA and an M.S. in Information Management from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning from UT Austin.


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