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Two electrical engineers selected to attend prestigious conference for women

July 9, 2018

Electrical Engineering graduate student Pan Li.

Electrical engineering graduate student Pan Li.

Yaunyaun Shi and Pan Li, graduate students in the Department of Electrical Engineering, have been selected to attend the 2018 Rising Stars in EECS workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in October.

The conference brings together more than 60 top female graduates in the fields of electrical engineering, computer engineering and computer science, for two days of scientific interactions and career-oriented discussions. According to the American Society for Engineering Education, electrical engineering and computer engineering have the lowest percentages of female undergraduate students in all of engineering: 12.4 percent and 9.2 percent, respectively.

The esteemed conference will give Shi and Li an opportunity to present their research to and receive career advice from faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, Stanford University and other top universities. Both students are working under the direction of Baosen Zhang, the Keith and Nancy Rattie Endowed Career Development Professor.

Electrical engineering graduate student Yuanyuan Shi.

Shi will present her work in “Real-time control for complex physical systems: a tractable data-driven approach and Li will present her work on “A bottom-up perspective of power system operation: coordination of demand and response and distributed energy resources.”

“This workshop provides us a chance to network with peers — a group of young and bright women electrical engineers and computer scientists interested in exploring academic careers,” Shi said about the conference. “It opens the door for future collaboration and professional support for years to come.”

Shi added that it would set her career on the right path once she has completed her graduate degree. For Li, it’s an opportunity to network and find mentorship.

“I am interested in attending because I am curious about the life of a female faculty member in engineering,” Li said about why she wanted to be a part of the conference. “I would also love to learn the challenges of being a faculty and take advice from professors that have already been working years in academia and connect me with my peers who share the same desires.”

This is the sixth year for this event, created for females in EECS fields that are interested in pursuing academic careers. According to the Rising Stars website, “conference attendees have gone on to secure faculty positions at top universities or research positions in leading industry labs.”