WE Chat #1
The first WE Chat was hosted on Monday, January 27th, 2020, where lunch was provided to attendees to enjoy while the presenting faculty member shared their research, stories of perseverance, and success in academia & engineering.
To commemorate the kick-off of the SDSU Women in Engineering (WE) Program, was the launch of a WE Chat series in an effort to build community amongst SDSU female engineering students, faculty, and staff. The first WE Chat was hosted on Monday, January 27th, 2020, where lunch was provided to attendees to enjoy while the presenting faculty member shared their research, stories of perseverance, and success in academia & engineering.
Starting the series was Dr. Karen May-Newman from the Mechanical Engineering Department, a UCSD triple alum, who has been working at SDSU for more than 20 years, working primarily with cardiovascular system research. During the WE Chat she spoke openly about her experiences through her academic journey, as well as her current bioengineering research that is making a mark on the medical field. Most notably, Dr. May-Newman spoke with attendees about her experiences as a female in a male-dominated field and the obstacles she has faced through the experience. She shared how she overcame the obstacles she was faced with and kept a positive mindset that kept her motivated. She gathered a collection of literature that has helped her grow and thrive throughout her engineering path to share with attendees. Dr. May-Newman’s powerful WE Chat was filled with encouragement and direct insight into ways to overcome the inevitable challenges aspiring engineers will face, as well as touching on her work/life balance of being an engineer in academia, but also a mom.
The WE Chat concluded with questions from the audience and a comment made by a fellow female faculty member bringing to light the important impact Dr. May-Newman made on her as a young professional, conveying the impact she and other faculty have on colleagues, peers, and students.