Office of Strategic Initiatives

Office of Women in Science and Engineering

The Office for Women in Science and Engineering (OWISE) has a goal of creating a culture of success for women in engineering and science. Housed in the Office of the Dean, the OWISE Office and programs aim to improve the climate, increase retention and provide professional development and leadership opportunities for engineering and science faculty and students.

The OWISE Office administered the National Science Foundation ADVANCE PAID grant for the College of Engineering and Science and its ADVANCEing Faculty Program.

Awards and Accomplishments

Katie Evans, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Director of Mathematics and Statistics and Online Programs, Director of the ISERC and Director of the Integrated STEM Education Research Center and the Office for Women in Science and Engineering

NSF funding for OPES (Open-source Problems in Engineering Studies): Making the WeB WorK, $250K, 7/13 – 6/16
Louisiana Tech University Senate Chair Award COES nominee, 2012-2013
Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering and Science Leadership Award for outstanding leadership in the development of the college strategic plan, 2012
Louisiana Tech University Virgil Orr Junior Faculty Award, 2010-2011

Dr. Beth Hegab, Program Coordinator Engineering and Technology Management and Lecturer Industrial Engineering

2011 COES Teaching Award – MS in Engineering Technology Management Degree Program Team

Dr. Jinko Kanno, Associate Professor, Math and Statistics

ADVANCE Career Networking Award, January 2013

Dr. Daniela Mainardi, Professor, Chemical Engineering and Interim Director for Chemical Engineering and Nanosystems Engineering

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Excellence and Service Award, May 2013
NSF CREST Grant HRD-1242152 “Bioenergy Center”, $2,087,039 Period:
10/01/12-09/30/17, PI institution: North Carolina A&T. Subcontractor: D. Mainardi with a total budget of $300,000
Member, Elsevier Editorial System for Surface Science, Mar2013-Present
Advisory Board Member, Texas Regional Collaboratives – Shell Chemical Corporation, Sep 2012-Present
Advisory Board Member, Center for Energy Initiatives – AIChE, Jan2012-Present
Organizing Committee Member for the “World Congress on Petrochemistry and Chemical Engineering”, that will take place on Nov 18-20, 2013 in San Antonio, TX hosted by OMICS Group, the World Class Open Access Publishing Group and Scientific Event organizer. Nov 2012-Present
Outstanding Leadership Award, College of Engineering and Science, Louisiana Tech University, Sep 2012
Chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)-Transport and Energy Processes (TEP) Division, Jan 2012-Present

Dr. Teresa Murray, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Terry and her student will receive a FASEB MARC travel award. This is a mentor/mentee award for promoting minority access to research careers (MARC). The students must be from an underrepresented group in biomedical sciences. The Federation of Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is a large umbrella group that represents numerous societies in the U.S.

Faculty Mentoring Program

Research shows that mentoring makes a significant difference for both tenure-track faculty and faculty who are moving into new responsibilities or research areas.  It has also shown that mentoring is beneficial to those who serve as mentors, providing new opportunities for collaboration and development of leadership skills, as well as the institution, by positively impacting new faculty members’ professional development and job satisfaction. Interested in participating in the COES Faculty Mentoring Program as a Mentor or a Mentee?  Contact the OWISE Office at (318)257-2101 for more information or to sign up for the Program. You can also check out the materials, below, for an overview of mentoring, how it works, and how it can benefit you!

ADVANCEing Faculty

The ADVANCEing Faculty Program in the College of Engineering and Science (COES) at Louisiana Tech University strives to create a culture of success for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through a college-wide, systemic, sustainable approach. This approach provides a framework and resources to educate and enable all faculty to participate in a supportive work environment that enhances job satisfaction, research productivity and retention. The goals of the ADVANCEing Faculty Program are to: 1) strengthen the climate by reducing the isolation of faculty, instituting faculty training and mentoring programs, and examining work-life policies; 2) increase retention of faculty, through increased research successes, career networking, and exposure to role models; 3) enhance management training, as well as promotion and leadership opportunities, for faculty. The ADVANCEing Faculty Program includes the following components: Faculty Lunches, Training Modules for Administrators and Faculty, Mentoring Program, Work-Life Policies for Life Transitions, Grant Writing Program, Career Networking Awards, Distinguished Lectureship Program, Executive Coaching Program, Career Development Workshops, and a Women in STEM Awards Banquet. The ADVANCEing Faculty Program is supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnership for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination (PAID) Grant under NSF’s ADVANCE Program. For more information on the ADVANCEing Faculty Program, go to the ADVANCEing Faculty website.