Women in Engineering Program

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SDSU’s Women in Engineering Program was created in Fall 2019 to engage and provide support for undergraduates, graduates, and female faculty to create a welcoming community within the College of Engineering. SDSU’s WE provides resources and various opportunities to help them succeed at SDSU in addition to the opportunity to network and be mentored by local SDSU alumnae and industry representatives. SDSU’s WE Program also provides support and STEM outreach to K-12 students through the College of Engineering’s Femineer® Program.

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The mission of SDSU’s Women in Engineering Program is to engage and provide support for undergraduates, graduates, and female faculty by cultivating a welcoming environment of knowledge and growth among a safe community within the College of Engineering in order to produce competent and passionate graduates for the engineering workforce. A special component within the WE Program is the College of Engineering Femineer® Program which strengthens the pipeline through engaging in K-12 STEM outreach.

WE Faculty Advisor
Karen May-Newman, Ph.D.
Chair, Big Ideas Initiative
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Faculty Members
Dr. Margherita CapriottiDr. Margherita Capriotti
SDSU WE Faculty since 2020
Office: TBD
Website: Coming soon
Fun Fact: "Although I am Italian, I am always having an Americano coffee!"
Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Faculty Members
Thais AlvesDr. Thais Alves
SDSU WE Faculty since 2009
Office: Education 100E
Fun Fact: “I have never lost my Northeastern Brazilian accent when I speak Portuguese, even after have left my hometown for over 20 years. My Brazilian friends always make fun of me because of that!”
Thais AlvesDr. Christy Dykstra
SDSU WE Faculty since 2018
Office: Engineering 406
Fun Fact: “I enjoy listening to blues music from the early 1900's.”
Sahar Ghanipoor MachianiDr. Sahar Ghanipoor Machiani
SDSU WE Faculty since 2015
Office: Engineering 403F
Fun Fact: “During my graduate studies at Virginia Tech, I was the Captain of the university's female table tennis team.”
Dr. Alicia KinoshitaDr. Alicia Kinoshita
SDSU WE Faculty since 2014
Office: Engineering 421F
Fun Fact: “I drove a hydrogen fuel cell car from the first production by GM.”
Marta MileticDr. Marta Miletic
SDSU WE Faculty since 2019
Office: Engineering 421C
Website: Coming soon
Fun Fact: “I am born and raised in the country that doesn't exist today. (ex. Yugoslavia).”
Dr. Natalie MladenovDr. Natalie Mladenov
SDSU WE Faculty since 2014
Office: Engineering 407
Fun Fact: “I have crashed on my mountain bike over 20 times.”
Electrical & Computer Engineering Faculty Members
Dr. Mahasweta SarkarDr. Mahasweta Sarkar
SDSU WE Faculty since 2006
Office: Engineering 202C
Fun Fact: “I love to dance!!"
Dr. Junfei XieDr. Junfei Xie
SDSU WE Faculty since 2019
Office: Engineering 403B
 Fun Fact: "Whenever I see my cat, she reminds me to publish more papers, as her name is 'paper.'"
gloria faraone
Dr. Gloria Faraone
SDSU WE Faculty since 2021
Office: PSFA 447
Fun Fact: "My favorite color is light blue!"
Mechanical Engineering Faculty Members
Dr. Zahra Nili AhmadabadiDr. Zahra Nili Ahmadabadi
SDSU WE Faculty since 2020
Office: TBD
Fun Fact: “In the past few years, I lived in three different states in North America until I found my favorite place, California."
Dr. Karen May NewmanDr. Karen May-Newman
SDSU WE Faculty since 1998
Office: Engineering 323E
Fun Fact: “I built a 9-hole miniature golf course in my backyard."
Dr. Elisa TorresaniDr. Elisa Torresani
SDSU WE Faculty since 2020
Office: TBD
Fun Fact: “I never learned how to swim."
  • WE Research Lab Student Opportunities
    • WE Believe Program - The SDSU Women in Engineering (WE) are proud to announce a new summer program for black students to gain engineering skills. WE BELIEVE: WomEn and Black Empowered Learners Interning in Engineering EnVironmEnts is a four-week internship for 20 high school and community college students selected from around San Diego County. The flyer is available here.
  • We would love to connect with our SDSU Engineering Alumnae and feature you at our upcoming WE Chats and workshops.
  • Whether you’re interested now or later to get involved in our SDSU WE efforts, please fill out this SDSU WE ALUMNAE Questionnaire

For questions or assistance with the SDSU Women in Engineering Program, please contact:

Theresa Garcia
Assistant Dean of Engineering for Student Affairs
(619) 594-5807
[email protected]
For appointments: https://sdsu.campus.eab.com/

Milagro Ramos
Outreach Student Success Coordinator
College of Engineering
(619) 594-7007
[email protected]

If you're interested in supporting our SDSU Women in Engineering Program, please visit: http://campaign.sdsu.edu/WE.