School of Engineering and Computing Sciences News
Jul 11 2014
SoECS Dean Promotes Equality in STEM at Panels Across the NY-Metro Region

Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., has dedicated a significant portion of her tenure as Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences toward leveling the playing field in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and professions for women and minorities. She frequently speaks at panels that seek to engage female and minority groups in STEM, and is an expert on recruitment and retention tactics at the college level intended to make lucrative and important professions in engineering, technology, and entrepreneurship available to a diverse array of qualified individuals.

Most recently, Dean Anid spoke at a panel at the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual Executive Women’s Conference (SACC EWC), on Thursday, May 8 at the NASDAQ building in Times Square. She spoke alongside high-level business women and female media professionals about best strategies to get women more involved in executive roles in business, tech, and STEM fields. In response to concerns that women remain underrepresented and uninvolved in the growing technology and entrepreneurship sectors, Dean Anid cited SoECS’ recent successful initiatives to recruit girls to STEM, such as NYIT’s new Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC), which will encourage students to combine creativity, engineering design skills, and financial literacy to build their business acumen.

Dr. Anid’s panel included Devika Bulchandani, Managing Director of Global Strategy for McCann Erikson, Bodil Eriksson, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Brand, and Communications for Volvo Cars, and Ebba Kleberg Von Sydow, a Swedish author, journalist, and TV host. The panel covered a range of topics on the subject of equality for women in the office and laboratory, from the emergence of gender stereotype-busting toys like Goldiblox, to how to help high school and college-aged girls remain dedicated to pursuing a STEM degree. Drawing on personal and professional experience, she emphasized the importance of fostering self-confidence in young women, and incorporating a human element into the process of making science more female-friendly. In reference to recent and successful equality initiatives taken by NYIT in the recruitment process, Dean Anid said, “Digital outreach is not enough. To get more women involved in science, our girls need to see for themselves that they’re not the only girl in the room. They need human contact, an emotional connection.”

In addition to her talk at the Executive Women’s Conference, Dr. Anid also served as a panelist and STEM promoter at the Islip Town Branch NAACP’s “Planning Ahead: How to Prepare Your Child to Succeed in the Job Market and in Careers in STEM.” The event, which was held Monday, April 28 at the Brentwood Public Library, drew a crowd of over 80 students and parents from the region. Dean Anid spoke to the audience of middle and high school students and their parents about the benefits of pursuing studies and careers in STEM. Citing the many accomplishments of NYIT’s chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers, and IEEE, the Dean highlighted the many success stories of current NYIT students and alumni, in particular minority students, who have made great strides in STEM fields and hold important jobs in their fields.

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