The Winter 2019 WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) program features Stephanie G. Adams, Ph.D., Dean, Batten College of Engineering and Technology, Old Dominion University, and President-Elect, American Society for Engineering Education.
From the speaker: Do you like freedom? Aspire to be financially independent? Want to control your destiny? My answers to these questions was a resounding yes. During this talk, I will share lessons learned from my journey as a two-time College Drop-out to becoming Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University. A journey that has taken me at various times in my career through industry, academia, consulting, and government; it has taken me around the world only to deposit me in the town in which I was born, working at the University where I attended kindergarten. I will describe a life that has allowed me certain freedoms as I aspired to make a di erence for others and to serve in national leadership positions, while maintaining a vibrant quality of life.
About the speaker: Dr. Stephanie G. Adams is the 7th Dean of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University. She has held faculty and administrative positions at Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering with honors from North Carolina A&T State University, a Master of Engineering degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Texas A&M University. Her research interests include Faculty Development, Broadening Participation, International Collaborations, Team Effectiveness, Collaborative and Active Learning, and Quality Control and Management. She served as a Program Director in the Engineering Education and Centers Division of the National Science Foundation. In 2003, she received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation; in 2013, she was named a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education; and she is currently President-Elect of ASEE.
Adams is the recipient of numerous awards, including: the 2017 WEPAN Founders Award; the 2016 ASEE Bernie Sarchet Lifetime Award in Engineering Management; the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award North Carolina A&T State University; the 2008 ASEE DuPont Minorities in Engineering Award; the Holling Teaching/Advising/Mentoring Award, the Henry Y. Kleinkauf Outstanding Assistant Professor Teaching Award, the Assistant Professor Service Award and the Chancellor’s Fulfilling the Dream Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and the Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year from the National Society of Black Engineers. In 2005, she was selected as an AAAS/NSF Science and Engineering Policy Fellow.
The WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) links women graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and alumnae in science, engineering, and mathematics fields, and their allies and advocates, through quarterly meetings and communications. WINS aims to provide all with an opportunity to learn from stand-out women in these fields about the realities of their lives and work, successes and lessons learned, and to connect individuals with a network of potential mentors, protégés, and other colleagues.