We are pleased to announce that voting is now open for positions on the WIED Executive Board.
How to Vote
You may cast your ballot here.
Voting will be open April 1 – May 1, 2021. WIED members will need to enter their new ASEE member number. If you don’t know your number, log into ASEE using your email and password and you will find your Member ID on the landing page. Thank you for your support and participation!
Positions and Candidates
- Director: Awards
- Director: Positions
- Director: At Large
Treasurer The treasurer maintains the financial records of the organization. As such, s/he is responsible for creating and presenting financial reports for the Executive Board throughout the year, and to the general membership at the Annual Business Meeting. The treasurer is responsible for keeping track of all income and expenses for WIED. This position is a 2-year term. CURRENT: Dr. Angela Lueking
- Dr. Lily Gossage (Director, Maximizing Engineering Potential: Center for Gender, Diversity & Student Excellence, Cal Poly Pomona) provides management-level oversight for development, strategic planning, recruitment/retention of minority, women, first-generation, low-income students. She is advisor for Society of Women Engineers and American Indian Science & Engineering Society. With over 22 years of experience in higher education management, she has a firm understanding of budgets. She served as Treasurer for ASEE PSW (2016–2020), during which time she leveraged industry connections to procure sponsorships for the annual conference; her fundraising efforts helped defray attendance cost for ASEE members, including students. Annually, she helps to procure and manage $100K–$150K of external funding for student success, including crowdfunding. She firmly believes that anyone who has budget oversight has a duty to fiduciary responsibility and must make measured decisions to grow and safeguard budgets.
- Dr. Rachael Sherman is an Assistant Professor at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in The College of Engineering Technology and Construction Management She received her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Clemson University in 2016. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering from Arizona State University in 2020. Her dissertation work contributed an explicit understanding of the relationship between project performance and regulatory environment, both quantitatively and qualitatively, to the construction planning and energy policy bodies of knowledge. Her dissertation work has been published in the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, and has been presented at several conferences, such as the Construction Research Congress in 2020. Her current research aims to understand the impact that power utility resiliency planning has on the vulnerable communities they serve. She is especially passionate about researching and improving upon our current methods of teaching engineering and construction to students. Her goals are to lead diversity and inclusion efforts by example through outreach, promoting mental health, and leading and participating in programs that advance women, first generation, and economically vulnerable representation in the STEM field. Her belief is that while content is important, much of the educational experience is a human experience, and we as faculty have an obligation to our students to instill confidence and resilience such that they continue to believe that they can accomplish their goals.
- Dr. Nahid Vesali is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Leadership and Program Management (ELPM) in the School of Engineering (SOE) at The Citadel. She first joined The Citadel in January 2020 as an adjunct professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Dr. Vesali earned her PhD in Civil Engineering from Florida International University. She holds Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management from IAU, and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology. Prior to joining The Citadel, she worked at Plaza Construction, Florida Group LLC. She worked with the corporate Quality Management team and project management team for high-rise projects. She is an active member of SWE, ASEE and PMI. Dr. Vesali currently is working on a research study related to creating inclusive environment for female and minority students in STEM majors. Her past research has been focused on decision making and risk management in existence of deep uncertainty. She believes her past experience of project cost control will help her in tracking income and expenses as the WIED treasurer.
- Write-In Candidate #4
Director: Awards The Director of Awards is the Chair of the WIED Awards Committee. As such, s/he is responsible for (1) constituting the awards committee composed of at least 4 WIED members, (2) coordinating the process for selection of the Best Paper Award based on information provided by the Program Chair and providing this information to the Program Chair. This position has a 2-year term. CURRENT: Dr. Lily Gossage
- Dr. Jessica Perez – Two years ago, I decided that it was time for me to get more involved in WIED. I did and I have loved being a part of the board this past year. The intersection of gender and engineering is truly my passion. I am currently an assistant professor at Cal Poly Pomona with a cluster posting in STEM pedagogy. It has made me very flexible and able to work on a team. I am also the director of faculty awards for the Pacific Southwest Section of ASEE. I feel that this position and my experience on the board will allow me to grow in my role and serve as the director of awards for WIED. As a past recipient of an award from WIED, I understand the impact it can have on a career and I am eager to help others in the same fashion. I am looking forward to serving the division and being able to grow in my field.
- Write-In Candidate #2
Director: Positions The Director of Positions forms a Nominating Committee whose responsibility is to: (1) solicit nominations for the open Officer and Director positions from the WIED membership, (2) prepare a ballot to be distributed to WIED members. The Director: Positions conducts the election and notifies the Division Chair and all of the candidates of the results. This position has a 2-year term. CURRENT: Dr. Jenahvive Morgan
- Dr. Jenahvive Morgan is the instructor for EGR 100 – Introduction to Engineering Design and Academic Director of the First-Year Engineering CoRe Experience at Michigan State University. She is also an ASCE ExCEED Fellow. Dr. Morgan has a PhD and MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University. Her interests include innovative laboratory experiments for undergraduate instruction, engineering design for first-year students, and encouraging women to study engineering. For the three years prior to teaching at Michigan State University, she taught freshman and sophomore engineering courses at Rowan University. While at Rowan University she was Co-Director of RILED (Rowan Instructional Leadership and Educational Development), the advisor for the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and given the ASEE Campus Representative Outstanding Achievement Award. Her teaching experience also includes work as a graduate student facilitator and engineering teaching consultant at the University of Michigan.
- Write-In Candidate #2
Director: At Large Those elected to this position are assigned duties by the Division Chair, usually work on standing or ad hoc committees of the WIED. This position has a 2-year term. CURRENT: Dr. Malini Natarajarathinam
- Melanie Villatoro is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology at City Tech. Melanie is passionate about student academic success and increasing diversity in STEM. As Project Director for the National Transportation Summer Institute (NSTI) she offers an annual summer program which increases exposure of transportation related careers to HS students, in particular underrepresented groups in STEM. She leads a STEM outreach project at Daniel Hale Elementary School which provides lesson plans, afterschool programs, family workshops and field trips to children. She is the Project Director for the Peer Advisement program since 2015, designed to increase retention of females across engineering technology majors at City Tech. As evidence of the impact of her efforts, one-year retention of women in her department increased from 40% in 2013 to 78.6% in 2016. She mentors female students in her department and promotes the presentation of their research at events such as the Scientista Symposium, SWE local and ASEE regional events. Melanie is an active member of ASCE, recently completing a four year term on the Committee on Faculty Development. In 2018, she received the Women of Color in STEM College Level Promotion of Education Award.
- Dr. Lily Wang is a Professor in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, and Associate Dean for Faculty and Inclusion in the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL). She earned her PhD in Acoustics at Pennsylvania State University and her BS in Civil Engineering at Princeton University. Her research focuses on room acoustics and noise control topics, particularly human perception and performance in noise. She is active in the Acoustical Society of America (ASA); she received the ASA Student Council Mentoring Award in 2015 and has served on the ASA Women in Acoustics committee since 2002. In her current administrative position and as a member of the Association of Women in Science Steering Committee at UNL, she has guided initiatives and programs on campus aimed at supporting and celebrating female faculty in engineering.
- Write-In Candidate #3