AccessEngineering Panel at the Society of Women Engineers Conference

Brianna Blaser, DO-IT Staff

This October, AccessEngineering co-Principle Investigator Kat Steele ran a panel discussion titled Disability, Diversity, & Engineering: Strategies to Support and Encourage Individuals with Disabilities in Engineering. It was held at the Society of Women Engineers Conference in Philadelphia. Panelists included Shiri Azenkot from Cornell Tech, Anat Caspi from UW’s Taskar Center for Accessible Technology, Yvette Pearson Weatherton from Rice University, and Grace Yukawa from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Because of the panel discussion, disability was a visible part of the conference’s discourse on diversity in engineering. The session touched on strategies to support individuals with disabilities in a company or institution, tips and best practices for creating an inclusive environment, and the experiences of current engineering students, faculty members, and professionals with disabilities.