Faculty Profile

Yu Tao

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SOCIAL SCIENCES/ SOCIOLOGY
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
Education

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

Research

I work on gender and race in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). More specifically, I examine gender and racial/ethnic differences in STEM education and workforce. I also compare scientists and engineers' experience and performance in the U.S. and China. 

My most recent publication includes a co-edited volume (with John Brooks Slaughter, University of Southern California, and Willie Pearson, Jr., Georgia Tech) that will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in Fall 2015. This book examines an important yet understudied topic from an interdisciplinary perspective: the experience of African Americans in engineering. The contributors of this volume include four members of the National Academy of Engineering (the highest honor for engineers) as well as researchers and policy makers from academia, industry, and government. I am also co-authoring a chapter in this book. My other publications are in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

I have a few articles under review (revised and resubmitted), including a paper on gender differences in employment in engineering and a co-authored paper that examines gender differences in publication productivity among academic scientists and engineers in the U.S. and China. My working papers address gender gap in earnings among academic scientists and engineers and the intersection of gender and race in STEM.

I am also a reviewer for sociological and social science journals, including American Journal of Sociology; Science, Technology, & Human Values; Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering; and International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology. I have also reviewed book chapters.

I am the evaluator of a 5-year NSF grant awarded to Stevens and the co-PI of a 2-year NSF grant, and I have several other grant applications pending. They address and examine issues related to STEM education and workforce and online privacy. 

 

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

General Information

Before I joined Stevens, I worked in Supply Chain Management at a telecommunications company, Siemens Shanghai Mobile Communications, in Shanghai, China full-time and teaching at a college part-time. While a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech, I worked as a teaching assistant, research assistant, international graduate student orientation assistant, and instructor.

At Stevens, in addition to my faculty role, I am also the director of the Gender and Cultural Studies program. I organize workshops, academic talks, and cultural events. 

Experience

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

Member, Faculty Senate. 2014-2016

Chair, Committee on Committees. 2014-2016

Member, Academic Appeals Committee. 2014

Member, Academic Operations and Affairs Committee. 2013-2014

Member, Committee on Protection of Human Subjects (IRB Review). 2013-2014

Member, CAL Curriculum Committee. 2012-2014  

Member, Library Committee. 2011-2013

Member, Honor Board Advisory Council. 2010-2012

Chair, CAL Major Curriculum Committee. Fall 2010 

Judge, Annual Science and Technology Ethics Bowl for High School Students. Stevens Institute of Technology. 2010, 2012, 2013

Judge, UNITY 2014 (The Stevens Ethnic Student Council), 2014

Professional Service

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

Journal Reviewer, Science, Technology, & Human Values; International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology; Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering; American Journal of Sociology.

Chapter Reviewer, Advancing Women in Science: An International Perspective (Willie Pearson, Jr., Lisa Frehill and Connie L. McNeely, Editors, NY: Springer). 

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.  2009

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

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

Professional Societies

Member, Eastern Sociological Society. 2014-present

Member, American Sociological Association. 2007-present

Grants, Contracts & Funds

NSF, SaTC-EDU: EAGER: “Development and Evaluation of Privacy Education Tools via Open Collaboration.” $289,590.00, June 1, 2015-May 31, 2017 (My role: co-PI)

NSF, S-STEM: “Software Engineering Master’s Program for Liberal Arts Graduates.” $632,002. Apr. 15, 2015-March 31, 2020 (My role: evaluator)

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
Journals
  1. Yu Tao. (2015). "Engineering Doctoral Degree Trend of Asian-American Women in the United States, 1994-2013", The Open Social Science Journal, 7 1-7.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Atwaters, Sybrina and Yu Tao. (2015). "Enrollment and Degree Awards in Chemical Engineering", In Willie Pearson, Jr., Lisa Frehill and Connie L. McNeely, Editors) Advancing Women in Science: An International Perspective, New York: Springer.
  2. Tao, Yu and Sandra Hanson. (2015). "Engineering the Future: African Americans in Doctoral Engineering Education", In John Slaughter, Yu Tao, and Willie Pearson, Jr. (ed.s). Changing the Face of Engineering: The African American Experience, In Press, Johns Hopkins University Press.
  3. 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.
Books
  1. Slaughter, John, Yu Tao, and Willie Pearson, Jr., editors. (2015). Changing the Face of Engineering: The African American Experience, In Press, Johns Hopkins University Press.
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  .
Courses
  • 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 479 Sociology of Gender
  • HSS 458 Sociology of Science and Technology
  • CAL 558 Sociology of Science