I’m thrilled to see that the Cornell School of Engineering and Computer Engineering is approaching an equal gender ratio in the undergraduate enrollment!
However, there is still lots of work to do to ensure a gender neutral environment, and to encourage more women to pursue higher academic careers in the field.
There are many initiatives to support women in Engineering at Cornell, including travel funds, WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), SWE (Society of Women Engineers), WiE (Women in Engineering), and WICC (Women in Computing at Cornell). Prof. Kress-Gazit and I also arrange coffee hours specifically for female students in ECE/MAE/AEP. Monthly, starting January 2018, we will celebrate an outstanding woman in ECE (undergraduate, graduate, postdoc, or faculty). If you would like to nominate someone, please do not hesitate to reach out. Please check this website for more details on the coffee hour and other events, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have ideas for future events.
Finally, implicit bias comes from years of societal input, and is not something that can be easily changed. Instead, we can acknowledge that it exists, and handle it accordingly. I highly recommend trying out the implicit bias test from Harvard. It is free and you don’t have to give any personal information.