Faculty Profile

Yu Tao

Building: Morton
Room: 316
Phone: 201.216.5162
Fax: 201.216.8245
Email: ytao@stevens.edu
School:  College of Arts & Letters
Department:  Social Sciences
Program:  Social Science

Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, Sociology of Science and Technology. 2009

M.S. Georgia Institute of Technology, History and Sociology of Technology and Science. 2007

Ed.M. Boston University, Educational Media and Technology. 2004

B.A. East China Normal University, English. 2000


I am currently co-editing a book (tentatively titled Changing the Face of Engineering: The African American Experience) that examines the experiences of African Americans in engineering. The critical issues that we address in this book include historical background, education (grade school through graduate school), employment, research contributions, honorific recognition, policies and programs to broaden participation, and the outlook for the future.

I am also co-authoring a chapter in this book regarding the Ph.D. experience of African Americans compared to other racial/ethnic groups. This chapter also examines the unique experiences of African American women and men in engineering doctoral education and transition to engineering occupations. 

The other project that I am currently working on is a paper that investigates the gender differences in the choice of employment sectors among engineering doctorate recipients. 

My research areas include:

Sociology of Science (esp. Science and Engineering Workforces in the U.S. and China)

Gender and Race in Science and Engineering

Higher Education

Innovation and Globalization


Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA.  Instructor / Research Assistant / Teaching Assistant. Aug. 2004 – Aug. 2009

Siemens Shanghai Mobile Communications Ltd. (now Nokia Siemens Networks), Shanghai, China. July 2000 – Aug. 2003 

Institutional Service

Academic Operations and Affairs Committee. 2013-present

Committee on Protection of Human Subjects. 2013-present

Library Committee, Stevens Institute of Technology. 2011-2013

Honor Board Advisory Council, Stevens Institute of Technology. 2010-2012

Chair, CAL Major Curriculum Committee, Stevens Institute of Technology. 2010

Judge, the 3rd and 5th annual Science and Technology Ethics Bowl for High School Students. Stevens Institute of Technology. 2010 and 2012

Professional Service

Committee on the Status of Women in Sociology, American Sociological Association. 2012-2014

Reviewer, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. 

Reviewer, American Journal of Sociology

Chaired the session on the Sociology of Science and Knowledge at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Los Angeles, CA. 2006

Honors & Awards

Certificate of Recognition. Mid-South Sociological Association Meeting.  2008

Professional Societies

American Sociological Association.

Association for Institutional Research.

Pacific Sociological Association.

Mid-South Sociological Association.

Grants, Contracts & Funds

Walter B. Jones Foundation Fellowship (Dissertation Fellowship). Georgia Tech. 2008 – 2009

Understanding Interventions Conference Travel Award. The National Academies of Sciences. Washington, D.C.  2008, 2009

The National Science Foundation Travel Award (through the grant of Prof. Susan Cozzens at Georgia Tech). Enschede, the Netherlands. 2008.

The National Academies Travel Award, National Academies. Washington, D.C. 2008

National Summer Data Policy Institute Fellowship. Association for Institutional Research. 2007

Selected Publications
  1. Tao, Yu. (2011). "The Earnings of Asian Engineers in the U.S.: Race, Nativity, Degree Origin, and Influences of Institutional Factors on Human Capital and Earnings", Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 17 (3), 225-249.
  2. Tao, Yu. 2010. "Multiple Disadvantages? The Earnings of Asian Women Computer Scientists in the United States", International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology. 2(2):136-158,  For abstract and the paper  .
Book Chapters
  1. Tao, Yu. 2006. "3G in China: A Resource-Based Examination of Telecom Firms in China", Last Mile Initiative Innovations: Research Findings from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Michael Best, pp. 159-171, U.S. Agency for International Development.
Conference Proceedings
  1. Tao, Yu. (2011). "Are Asian Immigrant Engineers the Same? Earning Differences among Asian Immigrant Engineers in the U.S. by Nationality", Proceedings of the 2011 Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2011. IEEE.
  2. Tao, Yu. 2009. "Earnings of Asian immigrant computer scientists: The effect of degree origin", Proceedings of the 2009 Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy. Susan E. Cozzens and Pablo Catalan, IEEE.  For abstract  .
  • HUM 107 Modern Civilization and its Sources
  • HSS 324 Comparative Ethnic Culture
  • HSS 141 Introduction to Sociology
  • HSS 495 Seminar in Social Science
  • HSS 441 Gender and Race in Science and Engineering
  • HSS 458 Sociology of Science and Technology
  • CAL 558 Sociology of Science