Jamie L. Curtis-Fisk
Jaime Curtis-Fisk, Ph.D., is a STEM program leader and an R&D scientist for the Dow Chemical Company. Her primary focus area is leading the Dow STEM Ambassadors, the employee engagement program that focuses on unique approaches to connect the passion of STEM professionals to opportunities for impact in their local communities and through partner universities. Her technical expertise focuses on polymer chemistry and utilizing material science to develop new delivery systems for active ingredients. Dr. Curtis-Fisk is also very passionate about building the pipeline of future women scientists. She is involved with several initiatives that support the role of women in STEM, including serving on the American Chemical Society’s Women Chemist Committee. Dr. Curtis-Fisk is a member of the Board on Higher Education and Workforce. She received her PhD in Chemistry with certification in College Teaching from Michigan State University in 2008.
Irene Fonseca, Ph.D., is Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an internationally respected educator and researcher in applied mathematics. Dr. Fonseca is the director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for Nonlinear Analysis (CNA). The CNA is one of the few centers in the United States that receives significant federal funding for research in applied mathematics. For her teaching and research contributions to Carnegie Mellon University, Fonseca was honored with the Mellon College of Science endowed chair in 2003 and named a University Professor in 2014. In 2012, Dr. Fonseca she was elected President of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), one of the largest organizations dedicated to mathematics and computational science in the world." She earned a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota in 1985.
Elena Fuentes-Afflick, M.D., (NAM) is is Professor and Vice Chair of Pediatrics, Chief of Pediatrics at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco. Dr. Fuentes-Afflick's research focuses on health disparities in perinatal and pediatric health outcomes. The majority of her research has focused on the surprisingly favorable perinatal outcomes among immigrant Latina women, an "epidemiologic paradox." She has also investigated the role of acculturation and immigration status on access to care and perinatal outcomes and the effect of acculturation on body mass outcomes in Latinos. Recent areas of investigation include professionalism, faculty misconduct, and academic affairs. Since 2012, Dr. Fuentes-Afflick has been responsible for overseeing all academic affairs in the School of Medicine, including the recruitment, development and advancement of a diversified academic workforce. She is also responsible for overseeing innovative programs for faculty orientation, career development, and leadership training. Dr. Fuentes-Afflick was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2010, and has extensive committee service on several NRC committees continously since 2011. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan, her master’s in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and her bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from the University of Michigan.
Ann Q. Gates
Ann Q. Gates, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her areas of research are in software engineering and cyberinfrastructure with an emphasis on workflows, ontologies, and formal software specification. Dr. Gates directs the NSF-funded Cyber-ShARE Center that focuses on developing and sharing resources through cyber-infrastructure to advance research and education in science. She was a founding member of the NSF Advisory Committee for Cyber-infrastructure. Dr. Gates leads the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) and is a founding member of the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT). She received her Ph.D. in computer science from New Mexico State University.Dr. Gates is currently serving on the Roundtable on Systematic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education, and previously served on the Committee on the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments (2016-2018) and the Committee on Engineering Education (2002-2005).
Kelly M. Mack
Kelly Mack, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope, a non-profit organization focusing on undergraduate STEM education reform, at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Prior to joining AAC&U, Dr. Mack was the Senior Program Director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program while on loan from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where, as a Professor of Biology, she taught courses in Physiology and Endocrinology for 17 years. During her tenure at NSF, Dr. Mack managed an annual budget of approximately $17 million, facilitated the inclusion of issues targeting women of color into the national discourse on gender equity in the STEM disciplines and significantly increased the participation of predominantly undergraduate institutions, community colleges and minority serving institutions in the ADVANCE portfolio. Dr. Mack earned her BS degree in Biology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a PhD degree in Physiology from Howard University.
Ronke Olabisi, Ph.D., is an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Rutgers University. She earned a Bachelors of Science in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993. She received Masters of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1994 and in aeronautical engineering in 1999. She received a PhD. in biomedical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. Her research is based in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to repair or rebuild tissue for treating defects due to injury, disease, age, etc.
Patricia Rankin Ph.D., is Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 1988 she became an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado and the only women on the Physics faculty at the time. Her research interests have shifted over the years from experimental particle physics (including precision measurements as tests of the Standard Model and studies of heavy quark physics with a focus on understanding the symmetries of nature) to ways to address the lack of representation of women in STEM fields and especially in leadership positions. She was PI of the CU Boulder NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant and has studied how participation in networks affects success in academia. She is also interested in effective decision making and how best to spread scientific literacy.She is the 2017 Chair of the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics. Dr. Rankin received her PhD in Physics from the Imperial College of London.
Denise Sekaquaptewa, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and she is the Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Chair in Social Psychology. Dr. Sekaquaptewa also serves as Director of the Honors Program in Psychology and Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science. Her research in experimental social psychology focuses on stereotyping and intergroup dynamics, in particular how being in the numerical minority in terms of gender or race influences academic outcomes and experiences. The consequences of unintended stereotyping for intergroup behavior and individual performance in stereotyped domains are also a focus of her work. Dr. Sekaquaptewa received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University, and her master's and doctoral degrees from the Ohio State University.
Sonya Smith, Ph.D., is professor of mechanical engineering at Howard University, being the first tenured female faculty member and the first woman promoted to the highest academic rank of Professor (full) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Howard University. Since joining the faculty in 1995, Dr. Smith has established an interdisciplinary theoretical and computational fluid dynamics research program. She has received research grants from NASA, DOD, and industry to conduct research on topics in Atmospheric Turbulence, Aeroacoustics, Vortex-Wake Aircraft Encounters, Simulation of Wake Vortex Dynamics, and Rotorcraft Icing Severity and Detection. Dr Smith also conducts research in computational neuroscience. For over four years she has collaborated with the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). She is an active member of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology(ARO) and has presented at each of its meeting since becoming a member. She is also a member of the Member of the Diversity in Acoustics Committee of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). Dr. Smith received her Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia.
Steven J. Spencer
Steven Spencer, Ph.D., is the Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Chair in Social Psychology at The Ohio State University. After brief stints at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Hope College as an Assistant Professor, he was at the University of Waterloo for 19 years. Dr. Spencer does research on motivation and the self, particularly on how these factors affect stereotyping and prejudice. In examining motivation and the self, he also examines how implicit processes that are outside of people's awareness affect people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In examining stereotyping and prejudice, he studies how threats to the self-concept can lead to stereotyping and prejudice, and how this stereotyping and prejudice affects subsequent feelings about the self. Dr. Spencer completed his undergraduate degree at Hope College in Holland, Michigan and his PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Keivan G. Stassun
Keivan G. Stassun, Ph.D., is the Stevenson Endowed Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Vanderbilt
University. He also serves as the founding director of the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-intensive Astrophysics (VIDA), a $4M pilot program in astro-informatics to enable "big data" science from major astronomical surveys such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, for which he serves as chair of the exoplanet science team. Dr. Stassun served as a member of the National Research Council's 2010 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics, as a member of the congressionally mandated Astronomy & Astrophysics Advisory Committee, and for eight years served as chair of the American Astronomical Society's Committee on the Status of Minorities. He currently serves as General Councilor of the American Physical Society. Professor Stassun has a profile that [includes] leadership and distinction both as a scientist and as an innovator in the critical area of broadening participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. He earned a PhD (2000) in Astronomy from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
Abigail J. Stewart
Abigail J. Stewart, Ph.D., is the Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies; and Dean of the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Dr. Stewart is also the founder and director of the University of Michigan ADVANCE program and Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Her current research, which combines qualitative and quantitative methods, includes comparative analyses of longitudinal studies of educated women’s lives and personalities; a collaborative study of race, gender and generation in the graduates of a Midwest high school; and research and interventions on gender and science and technology with middle-school-age girls, undergraduate students, and faculty. She has received the Henry Murray Award in personality psychology and the Carolyn Wood Sherif Award in psychology of women from the American Psychological Association and the American Association of University Women Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award. Dr. Stewart received her PhD in Personality (1975) from Harvard University.
Ashley Bear - (Staff Officer)
Dr. Ashley Bear is a Senior Program Officer with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Before coming to the Academies, Dr. Bear was a Presidential Management Fellow with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Biological Infrastructure in the Directorate for Biological Sciences, where she managed a portfolio of mid-scale investments in scientific infrastructure and led analyses of the impact of NSF funding on the career trajectories of postdoctoral researchers. During her fellowship years, Dr. Bear also worked as a Science Policy Officer for the State Department’s Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, where she worked to promote science diplomacy and track emerging scientific trends with implications for foreign policy, managed programs to increase the scientific capacity of State Department, and acted as the liaison to the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Dr. Bear holds a Sc.B. in Neuroscience from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University. While working on her doctoral research on the developmental basis of courtship behavior in butterflies, Dr. Bear co-founded the Evolution Outreach Group, a volunteer organization composed of students and postdoctoral researchers that visit schools, museums, and camps in the greater New Haven, CT area to teach K-12 students about evolution through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Dr. Bear is passionate about science outreach to the public and about promoting diversity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).