Ceiling breakers (Part 2)

Challenging the status quo

Sue Ann Campbell

Professor of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics, cross-appointed to Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Impact

  • Develops tools that combine mathematics and biology to study the rhythms of the brain
  • Tools may improve our understanding of how the brain stores memories and of diseases like Parkinson’s

‘‘In my early career as a math professor, I recall my colleagues being very supportive. What struck me, however, was the inappropriate comments that came from students in course evaluations: comments about my appearance, or my clothing or intelligence — not my teaching. I wasn’t expecting that.’’

Sue Ann Campbell

 

Nerissa Wong

Second-year mechanical engineering student and lead member of Waterloo’s formula hybrid race car team

Impact

  • Helped lead Waterloo’s formula hybrid race car team to an international win in 2015
  • Currently designing critical powertrain components for the 2016 race car

‘‘It’s rare for young women to be on automotive teams and people are sometimes shocked to hear I have a leadership role. … I use my leadership position to empower other young women who are less certain of their ability to contribute in a male-dominated environment.’’

Nerissa Wong

 

Beth Coleman

Associate Professor of English, Faculty of Arts

Impact

  • Digital media scholar, media arts creator
  • Designs big data apps for more sustainable cities and better health care and education

‘‘Gender difference or race, or other visible markers can make a simple thing like walking into a conference room a challenge. Arts may have more women but it continues to have invisible rules and glass ceilings. And yet, as young women continue to make their way with talent and guts, we’re seeing a shift. It keeps getting better.’’

Beth Coleman

 
 

Lan Wei

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Impact

  • Researches innovative approaches to nanoelectronic applications in integrated circuits and electronic devices, such as computers and cell phones

‘‘I personally never considered my gender when choosing a career path. I love electrical engineering because it’s complex yet logical, and I can see the changes it brings to people’s lives. Integrated circuits have impacted society in so many amazing ways and we have electrical engineers to thank for that.’’

Lan Wei

 

Edith Law

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Impact

  • Researches crowdsourcing systems that engage millions of people around the world to collect and process data to solve complex problems in science and medicine

‘‘I trust my own voice — I follow problems that fascinate me and require my unique set of abilities to solve. The number one question I ask myself all the time is: ‘If I’m unable to continue doing research, what is the most meaningful contribution I want to leave behind?’ This helps me focus on doing the most impactful work.’’

Read Edith Law's profile

Edith Law

 

Jean Andrey

Dean, Faculty of Environment, Professor of Geography

Impact

  • Recognized for teaching excellence
  • Research that helps planners and policy makers address driving hazards related to weather and climate change — directly impacting our safety

‘‘Each day I work to ensure that all people are respected and included regardless of gender or other identities. My starting assumption is that others will proceed in the same spirit.’’

Jean Andrey

 

Photo credit: One for the Wall


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