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Engineering Women Faculty, Researchers, and Students

This page provides links to various other pages, on this site and other sites, containing information on the status of women faculty and students at the University of Maryland, focusing on the engineering school. 

Current Women Engineering Faculty
This site lists all the women engineering faculty, their research interests, and contact information by department.

Former Women Engineering Faculty
This page lists the former women engineering faculty, and where they are now.

Women Engineering Graduate Students
This site lists some of the female grad students.  Please notify the webmaster if you would like to be added to this site, or would like to add your female students.

Various statistics on women in engineering at UMD:  percentages of women faculty over time, undergraduate entrollment, etc.

A summary of the University of Maryland's policies of interest to women and families, including policies on maternity leave (we don't have any), setting back the tenure clock upon the birth of a child, and childcare.

Lactation Room
The Clark School of Engineering now has a Parental Use Room.  It is located in the new Student Affairs Suite in 1131 Martin Hall (Rm 1123B) and provides a private, quiet, and lockable space for individuals who need privacy for parent-related activities such as breast feeding or pumping. This room is available during business hours (8:30 am - 5:00 pm) with advanced reservations. To reserve this room, please contact Teresa Prince at engr_parental_room@umd.edu or 5-3936.

The Bartol Report, 2006
The "Proposal to Improve the Retention of Female Faculty at College Park" was requested by President Mote from the Women's Commission to "to consider whether there was a problem with respect to climate for women faculty on campus, particularly in the sciences."  Data from the study show that "a disproportionate number of women Assistant Professors drop out or resign before the tenure decision," leading the committee to conclude that "if we are losing our young female scholars at such a high rate, prior to tenure review, there clearly is a problem on the campus."  One of the recommendations is

  • ... there is no need for additional assessments, surveys, or focus groups. We currently have a critical aspect of the problem clearly in view and believe we should take steps immediately to address this problem at College Park.

To our knowledge the recommendations of this report have not been implemented by the university. 

The Greer Report, 1988
"Making a Difference for Women" was a plan 1. to implement changes in the undergraduate curriculum to incorporate the contributions and perspectives of women, 2. to make the classroom climate equitable, and 3. to encourage women to enter disciplines in which they had been underrrepresented.  The report is available through this link.

Ann Wylie speech to the Women's Commission , 2009
A discussion of the issue, do babies matter?  Full of interesting numbers.  For example:

  • Only 44 % of tenured women faculty 12-14 years out from the PhD were married with children, compared with 70% of tenured men.
  • 2/3 of women faculty who enter ladder rank academic jobs in research universities before having children never have a child.
  • Only 1/3 of women PhD students (all programs) see academia as family-friendly.
    Only 16% of female PhD students supported by a federal grant (most likely those in the sciences) see academia as family-friendly.
  • In the sciences, only 20% of female PhD students are considering a career in doctoral universities.
  • 59% of female postdocs married with children were not considering careers in academia, due primarily to stress in balancing work and family.  (For single men and single women, the percentages were 32% and 39%, respectively.)

Related Pages

The women's community at the Clark School.


Women who historically made a difference at Maryland.