Women in Science and Engineering Moves to College of Engineering

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The University of Iowa Office of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) will become a part of the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2013.

Continuing to serve all of the university from its new location in the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences will be Chris Peterson Brus, director; Angel Cheng, coordinator, grad/post-doc professional development workshops; Samantha Vancel, coordinator, peer mentoring program/ambassadors program; Megan McDowell, coordinator, Be-WISE Living/Learning Community (LLC); Kaitlin Glagola, peer mentoring assistant and ambassadors student liaison; and Rai Tokuhisa and Michelle Acosta, LLC student programmers.

"The WISE office (http://www.uiowa.edu/~wise/index.html) has been a valuable resource for all women students on campus who pursue science and engineering degrees, ever since it was established in 1994, Alec Scranton, College of Engineering dean, said. "These students over the years have taken great advantage of the many services the office provides. Because the WISE mission correlates so closely to that of the College of Engineering itself, this move is a natural transition to strengthen the focus on helping university women achieve their educational goals even more."

WISE will continue to:

  • Provide academic support that encourages women to complete degrees and move into the STEM workforce
  • Promote professional development activities that empower women in STEM fields to assume leadership positions
  • Facilitate research that reports recruitment/retention data and assesses the effectiveness of WISE programs
  • Maintain strong community ties by promoting educational opportunities for K-12 students that develop critical skills of scientific inquiry and support more than one correct outcome
  • Encourage global cooperation by preparing women to enter the global workforce and by providing professional development for international women who come here to study and work