Date and Time: 12:05pm – 12:40pm on Saturday, May 11
Session Type: World Café
Engineers Canada has set a strategic objective to achieve a national licensure rate of thirty percent women by the year 2030. It is ambitious, stretch goal that will require significant investment and effort. In this guided discussion, conference delegates can provide input on provincial and national strategies and action plans. This session has limited space, and is open to all delegates on a first-come, first-served basis.
Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Croft
Elizabeth Croft is Professor and director of the Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab at UBC, and NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, BC-Yukon at the University of British Columbia, and a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia. Her research investigates how robotic systems can behave, and be perceived to behave, in a safe, predictable, and helpful manner. Applications of this work range from manufacturing assembly to healthcare and assistive technology. She leads a multi-institution project on robotic assistants for manufacturing (with GM) and an industrial visual serving project (with Hyundai Heavy Industries). She received a Peter Wall Early Career Scholar award in 2001 and an NSERC Accelerator award in 2007. She was named Fellow of Engineers Canada (2008) and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2009). As NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, BC & Yukon (2010-2015), Croft founded Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (WWEST) in order to: attract, recruit, and retain women in engineering and science.