On April 26, SEAS officially launched the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering at an event in the Lehman Auditorium attended by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. The Center is a landmark program that serves as a model to overcome the challenges facing women faculty, staff, students, and alumni in engineering.
Associate Dean Bhagirath Narahari kicked off the event, followed by brief remarks of support from GW Provost Forrest Maltzman. The Center’s director, Dr. Shelly Heller (CS), gave a brief overview of the Center’s purpose, the initiatives and activities it will undertake, and why SEAS is so well positioned to host a center for women in engineering. She thanked the supporters of the Center, particularly its advisory board and donors, and encouraged SEAS community members to become involved in the Center's work.
The keynote address for the launch was given by Ms. Cecilia Kang, a technology correspondent for The New York Times. Ms. Kang directed her comments to the need to involve women in the design and creation of technology, stating that she believes technology is better when it is created by diverse teams of people who reflect the users and consumers of the technologies.
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