Webinar: What We Still Need to Know about Women in Computing and Engineering

Cover art for research agenda designed to help researchers and funders establish priorities for their work on gender in engineering and computing.
March 31, 2017


Time: 1:30 p.m. eastern time

Location: Online (Registration is closed.)

Cost: Free

On March 31 AAUW released A Research Agenda on Gender in Computing and Engineering, the conclusion of a multiyear, National Science Foundation-funded AAUW research project headlined by AAUW’s 2015 research report Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing.

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Solving the Equation provided a thorough examination of the underrepresentation of women in engineering and computing and provided practical ideas for educators and employers seeking to foster gender diversity in these fields. As part of the Solving the Equation project, AAUW then brought together researchers and experts to discuss the issues facing women and girls in engineering and computing. At that convening, we discussed what we already know and, more importantly, what we need to know, formulating a list of the research questions that have yet to be answered in this area. A Research Agenda on Gender in Computing and Engineering is the outcome of that gathering and subsequent discussions.

A Research Agenda on Gender in Computing and Engineering provides guidance to and promotes cooperation among the researchers, students, corporations, funders, policy makers, and advocates who are expanding the boundaries of what we know about how to increase the representation of women in computing and engineering fields. This publication continues AAUW’s legacy of advancing scholarship and promoting best practices around the full and fair inclusion of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Kathleen Buse, Ph.D.

Kathleen Buse is the founder and president of Advancing Women in STEM™, a consulting company focused on the retention and advancement of women in corporate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. Buse also has faculty positions at Case Western Reserve University in the Leadership Lab for Women in STEM, at the Weatherhead School of Management, and at the Case School of Engineering. Her research areas include women in the STEM professions, women’s professional and leadership development, women in leadership, women’s careers, gender diversity, and workplace inclusion practices.

Buse has a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University, a master of science in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked for Kodak, Lubrizol, Avery Dennison, and Sherwin-Williams.

Roxanne Hughes, Ph.D.

Roxanne Hughes earned her doctorate in educational policy in 2010 from Florida State University. After teaching high school chemistry for five years she noticed the differences in attitudes toward science based on gender. As a Ph.D. candidate she chose to study these differences. Hughes’ research interest resulted in a dissertation and subsequent publications that focus on the life histories of undergraduate women and how they decide to stay in or leave their chosen STEM major. Hughes currently studies the decision making processes related to STEM persistence for students in middle school through graduate school. In particular her research focuses on the role that mentoring can have on students’ STEM identity.


Lara Perez-Felkner, Ph.D.

Lara Perez-Felkner is an assistant professor of higher education and sociology in the Higher Education Program within the College of Education at Florida State University. She is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Higher Education Research, Teaching, and Innovation at FSU, an alumni fellow with Pathways to Adulthood, and a research affiliate of the Joint Centers for Education Research and Population Research Center at NORC, an independent research organization at the University of Chicago. Most recently, she became a senior research associate of FSU’s Center for Postsecondary Success.

Perez-Felkner’s research uses developmental and sociological perspectives to examine how young people’s social contexts influence their college and career outcomes. She focuses on the mechanisms that shape entry into and persistence in institutions and fields in which they have traditionally been underrepresented.

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