Your generation is going to even out the engineering experience, and we are leading the way. Our incoming class of first year women is consistently more than double the national average and has maintained gender parity in our incoming first year class since Fall 2019. Our women thrive in engineering here because we offer the right support. We have our own Women in Engineering program, as well as a very active chapters of female-focused student organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, RoboGals, Girls in Tech, AthenaHacks, Women in Computing, and our engineering sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon.
Our faculty continue to increase the number of females almost year by year with one of the largest representations in engineering schools today. 50% of our Freshman Academy courses are typically taught by women. Female faculty not only teach your classes, but they also lead teams of researchers in making strides toward advancing solutions to the NAE Grand Challenges.
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Supporting Our Women
The Viterbi School offers over 30 unique majors and areas of emphasis. Our women flourish in an environment focused on collaboration and teamwork. Group projects promote communication over competition and prepare our students for engineering in the real world.
Women are also very involved in their organizations on campus. Engineering student organization leadership finds the women leading the pack with many of the executive board positions being held by women.
Dr. Finley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and holds joint appointments in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and the Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Finley's current research applies a systems biology approach to develop molecular-detailed computational models of biological processes related to human disease.
Dr. Armani is a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, as well as the recipient of MIT Technology Reviews top 35 innovators under 35. Dr. Armani conducts research with undergraduates involving nanosensors and also teaches an undergraduate course in nanomaterials and nanodevices.
Dr. Zavaleta is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and runs her own lab: the Zavaleta Lab. Her research focuses on the development, assessment and clinical translation of new diagnostic strategies that include functional imaging capabilities to help clinicians detect cancers with better sensitivity and specificity. These tools are directed at improving early cancer detection during routine screening techniques and helping surgeons identify and resect tumor margins with better sensitivity and specificity.
Dr. Becerik-Gerber currently serves as the Department Chair for the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has also been named to TR's 35 innovators under 35. Dr. Becerik-Gerber's research focuses on the efficient construction of buildings, and understanding the habits of the buildings occupants to reduce energy consumption in buildings and increase comfort. Her collaborations include social psychology as well as computer science to better understand her users.
Dr. Dilkina is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and is one of the junior faculty members in the young field of Computational Sustainability. She is the co-director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS) and her research focuses on advancing the state of the art in combinatorial optimization techniques for solving real-world large-scale problems, particularly ones that arise in sustainability areas such as biodiversity conservation planning and urban planning.