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Female Faculty in Earthquake Engineering Research

This year seven female faculty from six U.S. academic institutions launched the NSF-supported effort to "Enhance the Career of Female Faculty in Earthquake Engineering Research (ENHANCE)."  A four member advisory board with experts in junior faculty mentoring will assist the project collaborators.

Female Faculty include:

  • Aspa Zerva of Drexel University
  • Sara Wadia-Fascetti of Northeastern University
  • Anne Kiremidjian of Stanford University
  • Rachel Davidson of the University of Minnesota
  • Cathy French of the University of Minnesota
  • Carol Sheild of the University of Minnesota
  • Ellen Rathje of the University of Texas at Austin

Advisory Board include:

  • Susan Lozier of Duke University
  • Tom Birkland of North Carolina State University
  • George Lee of University at Buffalo
  • Alison Flateau of University of Maryland

This effort aims to enhance the careers of academic women in earthquake engineering research through mentoring, empowering, supporting, promoting, and networking.  ENHANCE consists of two major activities:  1.) one-on-one and group mentoring of junior female (tensure-track, recently tenured, and research) faculty at U.S. universities via workshops, writing activities, and personal advising; and 2.) the creation of an international community of female faculty in earthquake engineering through the establishment of a private website.  This interactive website takes advantage of resources provided by the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation.

The following activities took place since the NSF award was made in January 2012: Two junior female faculty members (Professors Alice Alipour of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Anne Lemnitzer of the University of California at Irvine) were awarded the first two NSF Fellowships for ENHANCE; additional awardees will be announced at the end of this year (2012). The group’s private website at NEEShub is being populated with female faculty from around the world. The international community of female faculty in earthquake engineering research met for the first time in Lisbon, Portugal, on September 29, 2012, after the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering. The meeting was very well received and productive. Topics discussed included future research partnerships, networking opportunities, tenure and promotion, and issues facing women in Academia. It is anticipated that this project will foster a recognized international community of female faculty in earthquake engineering and provide a supportive environment for pioneering future research in this field.