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 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 career outcomes and experiences. I also compare scientists and engineers' experience and performance in the U.S. and China. 

I am finishing up a book under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press. This co-edited volume 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) and researchers and policy makers from academia, industry, and government. I am also co-authoring a chapter in this book.

I have just finished and submitted a paper on gender differences in employment in engineering. I am now finishing up a co-authored paper that examines gender differences in publication productivity in science and engineering in the U.S. and China.

I have published and presented my research in peer-reviewed journals, books, and national and international conferences. I have been invited to talk at workshops on campus and in my professional societies, including Policy and Research Workshop at American Sociological Association (ASA), which was selected into the ASA Student Forum’s Professional Development Certificate Program.

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 also have several grant applications pending. They address and examine issues related to STEM education and workforce. 

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. 


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.  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, American Sociological Association. 2007-present

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
Book Chapters
  1. Atwaters, Sybrina and Yu Tao. "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. (In Press).
  2. Tao, Yu and Sandra Hanson. "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, (under contract with 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.
  1. Slaughter, John, Yu Tao, and Willie Pearson, Jr., editors. Changing the Face of Engineering: The African American Experience, under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press.
  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  .
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 479 Sociology of Gender
  • HSS 458 Sociology of Science and Technology
  • CAL 558 Sociology of Science