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WiO Spotlight Series - Hyper-invisibility: On Being Black in Engineering
Join us for a monthly interview with women in the community to learn about their research and their advice to other women in the field. Hosted by 2020 Diversity Outreach Award recipient, Jess Wade, this series is part of our efforts to encourage and inspire women to bring their ideas to light.

The low proportion of under-represented minorities in STEM leads to isolated experiences for Black scientists and engineers, including those working in optics. Implicit bias and systemic racism contribute to the difficulties in increasing representation. We will discuss some of the experiences, thoughts and ideas from a national collective of Black engineering faculty that have implications for toppling anti-Black racism in university settings.

After Audrey shares about her research, she will discuss:
• Personal experiences on being Black in engineering
• The Call-to-Action produced by Black Engineering Faculty Speak

Audrey K Bowden is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Vanderbilt University and the inaugural Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor Faculty Fellow. Her research interests include biomedical optics – particularly optical coherence tomography and near infrared spectroscopy – microfluidics, and point of care diagnostics. She is also the first Black female faculty member in engineering to receive tenure at the two universities in her faculty career: Stanford University and Vanderbilt University.

Stay after the conversation for 30 minutes of networking in breakout rooms!

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Apr 8, 2021 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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