Women are involved of every facet of society, business and culture. Most have their own story to tell of how they have had to overcome challenges, pitfalls and prejudices to achieve their ultimate goals. In STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), women have been simultaneously recognized and overlooked. They have had to utilize intelligence and perseverance to press on when others may have felt they can only accept or turnback.
In this lecture, Dr. Kate Abel, School of Systems and Enterprises (SSE) teaching associate professor and undergraduate engineering management (EM) and industrial and systems engineering (ISE) program lead will discuss her own path that ultimately led her to her current role as a leading faculty member, program director and recipient of multiple engineering association awards.
Research shows that women are less likely to enter STEM fields, and once they enter, they face challenges that frequently push them out. Yet many women have managed to build highly successful careers with degrees in STEM disciplines. How did they do it? Dr. Kathryn Abel is one of them. She will share her story of survival and success in as an education, mother and STEM woman.
Kathryn Abel holds a Ph.D. in technology management and applied psychology. She is a recipient of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) engineering management division's highest-ranking award, the Bernard R. Sarchet Award for Lifetime Achievement (2018). Dr Abel is a fellow in the American Society for Engineering Management and has held several professional service positions including president (2006) and program chair (2005) of the engineering management division. She was also president (2007) and vice president (2005) of engineering management honor society, Epsilon Mu Eta. Abel has been published several times including chapters in the books Eshbach's Handbook of Engineering Fundamentals and Engineering Economic Analysis and Newnan, et. al.; in journals such as the Engineering Management Journal and the Journal of Engineering Education; and several conference proceedings. She has taught courses in total quality management, engineering economics, logistics and supply chain management, entrepreneurial analysis of engineering design, statistics for engineering managers, management of engineering and technology, and Senior Design. Her research areas include knowledge engineering, as well as knowledge and information management. She is a member of the Board of Advisors at West Point for the Department of Systems Engineering. She is also a member of several professional societies.