Engineering Alumna Abron to Speak at American Chemical Society Event

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Engineering alumna Lilia Abron (PhD 1972 chemical engineering) has been invited to speak at this year's American Chemical Society (ACS) Press Conference March 27 in San Diego.  Abron is president and CEO of PEER Consultants, PC, an environmental consulting firm headquartered in Washington DC.  She also is a charter member of the College of Engineering's Distingushed Engineering Alumni Academy.

Abron will discuss her participation in a STEM study conducted over 35 years ago, analyzing the challenges ‘women of color’ face in the STEM fields. She is the only member from the original study to be present.

In 1976, The American Association of University Women, namely Shirley Mahaley Malcom, Paula Quick Hall, and Janet Welsh Brown conducted the original study, titled “The Double Bind: The Price of Being a Minority Woman in Science.”  Abron was among the 30 ‘women of color’ that participated in the original study, which analyzed the challenges faced by minority women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.  In 2011, on its thirty-fifth anniversary, a follow-up study explored current obstacles for minority women in STEM, concluding that there is still a “lack of support” from universities and other educational institutions.

The press conference will be streamed live at 1:15 p.m. PDT at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/acslive