My main responsibility is to advise a group of superb student researchers with the vision of making electricity infrastructure sustainable for the planet and safe for all humans.
All my degrees are in Electrical Engineering. I got my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Vermont. Besides the traditional EE background, I'm very interested in other intersections of science and engineering and worked towards a graduate certificate in Complex Systems.
The flexibility of researching and teaching new topics, always being in sync with societal needs. Currently, I believe the structures of oppression in academia need a lot of active discussion, action, and advancement of our professions in light of the new generation of scientists and engineers.
Yes, I believe as a role model for my students, and a collegial thing to do in the academic community, the right thing to do is to have my identity present in every aspect of my position description. In research, in teaching, and in service; transforming the activities I engage with, but without tokenizing or adding invisible/uncredited work to folks that already do a lot.
Several, perhaps every week. While some of them could be seen as micro-agressions, there was one particular incident that was especially painful. I indirectly learned that a senior colleague had suggested I could go to conversion therapy. I did not deal with it at the time, and my lesson learned is that if I can spare one colleague from that experience, all my efforts are put to a good end.
I believe in having a trusted mentoring network. Mine doesn't have a very definite hierarchical structure but that's good, my queer mentors are at all levels, from senior colleagues to my own students, and many more in between.
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