|ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SOCIAL SCIENCES/ SOCIOLOGY|
|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 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, books, and conference proceedings.
I have a few articles under review, 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 I have several other 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
Innovation and Globalization
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
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
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
Member, Eastern Sociological Society. 2014-present
Member, American Sociological Association. 2007-present
Grants, Contracts & Funds
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 .
- 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.
- 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