Women in Engineering

A message from the EMBS Liaison on the IEEE Women in Engineering (WiE) committee

Lisa Lazareck-Asunta, PhD, Wellcome Trust

I am delighted to be continuing as the 2016 EMBS Liaison on the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Committee. I have been volunteering with the EMBS Administrative Committee for several years in various guises (Student Representative, Young Professionals Representative) and have a background in biomedical signal processing, and electrical engineering.  I am currently working at the Wellcome Trust (London, UK) in our Research Careers Department and also have expertise in Public Engagement.

IEEE WIE is one of the largest international professional organisations dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists, and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests in a career in engineering.  Its vision is to facilitate the global recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines and envisions a vibrant community of IEEE women and men collectively using their diverse talents to innovate for the benefit of humanity.  Check out their new website: http://wie.ieee.org/.

A common misunderstanding of the role of WIE is that it is something for only women to join.  Approximately 30% WIE members are men, and absolutely anyone can join the conversation.  WIE annual membership is free for Students, Graduate Student Members and Life Member; and US$25 otherwise for all other Members.

What does my role entail?
As EMBS-WIE Rep, my job is multi-faceted.  I represent our Society at WIE meetings, and share knowledge about best practices across IEEE.  I also figure out how WIE can best support our Society’s goals and vision.  At the EMBS AdCom (Administrative Committee, that makes executive-level decisions for the Society), I speak on behalf of WIE and represent women’s views during our conversations.  AdCom provides an annual operational funding budget to support EMBS-WIE activities. Did you know that EMBS Chapters can apply to the EMBS Executive Office to for partner funding to support joint EMBS and WIE events within your section? At present this is a modest budget which can grow in-future, as demand increases. For example, perhaps there is a prominent female biomedical engineer that you would like to invite to give a seminar for a technical meeting you would like to run… We can assist you with partner funding for that event. At the upcoming annual conference of EMBS, I am running a Networking Luncheon – which is already sold-out by 100 attendees.  Plus, I also facilitate a few other Networking/Career Events throughout the duration of the conference.

Stay tuned for more communication from me after EMBC’16 in Orlando!

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