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#AskAMogulAnything:Hi,mynameisGildaBarabino.I'mtheDeanofTheGroveSchoolofEngineeringatTheCityCollegeofNewYorkandalifelongsupporterofWomeninSTEM.Askmeanything!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE2/14@2pmET.

Gilda A. Barabino
Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
7mo New York, NY, United States Question

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Hi! I'm Gilda A. Barabino. I'm the Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY).

I have appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine.

Prior to joining CCNY, I was the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory. At Georgia Tech, I also served as the inaugural Vice Provost for Academic Diversity.

Prior to my appointments at Georgia Tech and Emory, I rose to the rank of Full Professor of Chemical Engineering and served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Northeastern University. I was noted investigator in the areas of sickle cell disease, cellular and tissue engineering, and race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering.

I consult nationally and internationally on STEM education and research, diversity in higher education, policy, workforce development and faculty development.

In terms of my education, I received my B.S. degree in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University. I was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

I have an extensive record of leadership and service in the chemical and biomedical engineering communities. I am the immediate Past-President of BMES and current President of AIMBE.

I was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by my alma mater, Xavier University, in recognition of my life-long achievements. In addition, I have over a decade of experience in leading NSF initiatives for women and minority faculty, and I'm the founder and Executive Director of the National Institute for Faculty Equity.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Tuesday, February 14th at 2pm ET.

29 comments

  • women who code
    7mo ago

    Do you think about the gender equality gap in STEM? Has it reduced over time in your experience?

    Do you think about the gender equality gap in STEM? Has it reduced over time in your experience?

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      The gender equality gap has improved over time, however, we have a long way to go. Having more women as role models, more opportunities for women and girls across STEM disciplines and increasing awareness will make a difference.

      The gender equality gap has improved over time, however, we have a long way to go. Having more women as role models, more opportunities for women and girls across STEM disciplines and increasing awareness will make a difference.

  • ThandieScott
    8mo ago

    Hi Gilda! Your achievements are astounding, and I'm wondering how being not just a woman, but a woman of color has affected your experiences in a field where you're more distinctively in the minority? What are some of the obstacles you've had to overcome?

    Hi Gilda! Your achievements are astounding, and I'm wondering how being not just a woman, but a woman of color has affected your experiences in a field where you're more distinctively in the minority? What are some of the obstacles you've had to overcome?

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      Thank you! Being a woman of color in a male dominated field does come with obstacles such as isolation, having to prove oneself, and difficulty establishing collaborations. These obstacles can be overcome with persistence and efforts to improve the numbers of women of color entering STEM. For me it was important to establish initiatives to bring women of color together and to speak in a collective voice. For example, I established and led with my colleague, Cheryl Leggon, the Interdisciplinary Initiative for Minority Women Faculty.

      Thank you! Being a woman of color in a male dominated field does come with obstacles such as isolation, having to prove oneself, and difficulty establishing collaborations. These obstacles can be overcome with persistence and efforts to improve the numbers of women of color entering STEM. For me it was important to establish initiatives to bring women of color together and to speak in a collective voice. For example, I established and led with my colleague, Cheryl Leggon, the Interdisciplinary Initiative for Minority Women Faculty.

  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    8mo ago

    How would you recommend bringing more women into tech at the college level? What are some of the key practices or programs you've seen be effective at not only encouraging women to pursue Engineering degrees, but also continue with the degree instead of dropping out prior to graduation?

    How would you recommend bringing more women into tech at the college level? What are some of the key practices or programs you've seen be effective at not only encouraging women to pursue Engineering degrees, but also continue with the degree instead of dropping out prior to graduation?

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      We must increase women-on-women recruitment at all levels and make sure that girls gain early exposure to tech applications and fields. STEM outreach programs, research experiences, internships and programs like Girls Code and Robotics have been successful. Also, programs like Women in Engineering or Women in Science and Engineering at the college level are key to helping women in tech persist. I encourage participation in professional societies like the Society of Women Engineers and the Association for Women in Science as a way to take advantage of support systems for women.

      We must increase women-on-women recruitment at all levels and make sure that girls gain early exposure to tech applications and fields. STEM outreach programs, research experiences, internships and programs like Girls Code and Robotics have been successful. Also, programs like Women in Engineering or Women in Science and Engineering at the college level are key to helping women in tech persist. I encourage participation in professional societies like the Society of Women Engineers and the Association for Women in Science as a way to take advantage of support systems for women.

  • namisha
    namisha Inquisitive, Avid Reader, Food Lover, Amateur Chef, Digital Sensei
    7mo ago

    What would be your 1 recommendation to a 16 year old in high school?

    What would be your 1 recommendation to a 16 year old in high school?

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      Pursue a college degree in a technical field that allows you to give back to society. Learn as much as you can about the opportunities available by speaking with counselors, those working in your field of interest and teachers. Look for and take advantage of high school programs related to STEM.

      Pursue a college degree in a technical field that allows you to give back to society. Learn as much as you can about the opportunities available by speaking with counselors, those working in your field of interest and teachers. Look for and take advantage of high school programs related to STEM.

  • Juli
    Juli 🙀
    7mo ago

    Hi Gilda, Do you think parents could do more to get their daughters interested and involved with engineering? If so, then what's the most optimal age for kids to get involved and what would be the best approach for parents in your opinion ? Thanks!

    Hi Gilda, Do you think parents could do more to get their daughters interested and involved with engineering? If so, then what's the most optimal age for kids to get involved and what would be the best approach for parents in your opinion ? Thanks!

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      Parents are a wonderful source of encouragement for their daughters and they can do more by arming themselves with knowledge of what's available in terms of programming and career options. The earlier kids are involved, the better. Anything from visiting a science museum, to enrolling in STEM summer programs can help. Kids are naturally inquisitive, so early exposure and encouragement to explore and discover the world around them can create a foundation for a career in science and engineering.

      Parents are a wonderful source of encouragement for their daughters and they can do more by arming themselves with knowledge of what's available in terms of programming and career options. The earlier kids are involved, the better. Anything from visiting a science museum, to enrolling in STEM summer programs can help. Kids are naturally inquisitive, so early exposure and encouragement to explore and discover the world around them can create a foundation for a career in science and engineering.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    7mo ago

    Hi! Did you always want to go into academia?

    Hi! Did you always want to go into academia?

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      I always wanted to teach, though I did not know early on that I would end up becoming a college professor. I have a deep passion for learning new things and am excited by sharing knowledge with others.

      I always wanted to teach, though I did not know early on that I would end up becoming a college professor. I have a deep passion for learning new things and am excited by sharing knowledge with others.

  • ahc328
    7mo ago

    It was amazing to read all of your experiences across science! What was your biggest challenge rising up in STEM? Also, many girls tend to lose interest in science fields during middle school. What advice would you give to your 13 year-old self? Thank you for your time in advance!

    It was amazing to read all of your experiences across science! What was your biggest challenge rising up in STEM? Also, many girls tend to lose interest in science fields during middle school. What advice would you give to your 13 year-old self? Thank you for your time in advance!

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      One of the biggest challenges I faced was the lack of encouragement to pursue a career in engineering. Middle school is an important and critical time in one's education, particularly for girls and encouragement and awareness of career options are needed. The advice I would give to my 13 year old self is that pursuing science is a great vehicle to better understand the world and to have an impact on making the world a better place. I would tell myself to read, explore and experience as much as I could about science and not be deterred by the lack of encouragement or the lack of role models.

      One of the biggest challenges I faced was the lack of encouragement to pursue a career in engineering. Middle school is an important and critical time in one's education, particularly for girls and encouragement and awareness of career options are needed. The advice I would give to my 13 year old self is that pursuing science is a great vehicle to better understand the world and to have an impact on making the world a better place. I would tell myself to read, explore and experience as much as I could about science and not be deterred by the lack of encouragement or the lack of role models.

  • EthanSingh
    7mo ago

    Hi! What are some of the ways you're encouraging women to take up computer science, or to further stoke their interest in the subject?

    Hi! What are some of the ways you're encouraging women to take up computer science, or to further stoke their interest in the subject?

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      I encourage women to consider all of the ways that computer science can be used in applications that impact society and how training in computer science can lead to vast opportunities. Programs like Girls Code and Robotics are popular and the Anita Borg Institute provides a number of programs and initiatives and connections with industry.

      I encourage women to consider all of the ways that computer science can be used in applications that impact society and how training in computer science can lead to vast opportunities. Programs like Girls Code and Robotics are popular and the Anita Borg Institute provides a number of programs and initiatives and connections with industry.

  • AudreyCodes
    AudreyCodes xxCoder
    7mo ago

    Hi Gilda! What factors account for determining what languages and concepts are taught? Personally, I went to NYU where the focus is still on somewhat outdated or less desired languages such as Java or PHP. I've heard the same from CS students in other schools as well. Why is there such an emphasis on these languages over languages needed for web development?

    Hi Gilda! What factors account for determining what languages and concepts are taught? Personally, I went to NYU where the focus is still on somewhat outdated or less desired languages such as Java or PHP. I've heard the same from CS students in other schools as well. Why is there such an emphasis on these languages over languages needed for web development?

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      Languages are often taught based on the intended applications and industry, It takes time to change curriculum and institutions are working to keep up with rapidly changing demands. Increasingly, web development is being pursued outside of traditional classrooms and languages such as Java remain in high demand.

      Languages are often taught based on the intended applications and industry, It takes time to change curriculum and institutions are working to keep up with rapidly changing demands. Increasingly, web development is being pursued outside of traditional classrooms and languages such as Java remain in high demand.

  • Lauren DiMundo
    Lauren DiMundo Creative production student, certified dog enthusiast and Jedi knight.
    7mo ago

    Hi, Gilda! As a woman, did you ever find that your abilities or extensive background in the STEM field were questioned? How did you overcome this adversity and what advice would you give to women in this field who are trying to rise in the ranks? Thanks!

    Hi, Gilda! As a woman, did you ever find that your abilities or extensive background in the STEM field were questioned? How did you overcome this adversity and what advice would you give to women in this field who are trying to rise in the ranks? Thanks!

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      Yes, I and other women continue to deal with having our abilities and background challenged on the basis of gender. I have learned to stand my ground and let my work speak for itself. It is important that we don't doubt ourselves or let our confidence be diminished.

      Yes, I and other women continue to deal with having our abilities and background challenged on the basis of gender. I have learned to stand my ground and let my work speak for itself. It is important that we don't doubt ourselves or let our confidence be diminished.

  • Sasha Blemming
    7mo ago

    Hi! As a former CUNY student I am wondering if you have experienced and systematic issues with the school and if so what do you think is the root cause? Thanks!

    Hi! As a former CUNY student I am wondering if you have experienced and systematic issues with the school and if so what do you think is the root cause? Thanks!

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      Throughout its history, CUNY has done an excellent job of providing access to an excellent education to the citizens of New York City and beyond. However, like other publicly funded systems and institutions, subject to budget fluctuations, we've had to become more creative in our development and delivery of programs to prepare our students for a wide range of careers.

      Throughout its history, CUNY has done an excellent job of providing access to an excellent education to the citizens of New York City and beyond. However, like other publicly funded systems and institutions, subject to budget fluctuations, we've had to become more creative in our development and delivery of programs to prepare our students for a wide range of careers.

  • Natasha
    Natasha 💪🏻& 👊🏻 just like NYC
    7mo ago

    Have you seen the # of women & girls in STEM regress or progress? And, how do you think we can encourage more women & girls to go into these fields? Any specific initiatives that you've seen work well?

    Have you seen the # of women & girls in STEM regress or progress? And, how do you think we can encourage more women & girls to go into these fields? Any specific initiatives that you've seen work well?

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      Encouragingly, we have made progress in increasing the number of women and girls in STEM, however, it varies by discipline and there is less progress in higher ranks. Nothing can beat self-intiative (Girl Power!) and there are a number of local and national programs targeted toward women and girls such as the National Girls Collaborative Project, Women at NASA, Girls Inc, Women and Girls STEM Program at the Energy Department and the STEM Education Coalition. In addition, many schools, organizations and colleges run programs in the summer and during the year.

      Encouragingly, we have made progress in increasing the number of women and girls in STEM, however, it varies by discipline and there is less progress in higher ranks. Nothing can beat self-intiative (Girl Power!) and there are a number of local and national programs targeted toward women and girls such as the National Girls Collaborative Project, Women at NASA, Girls Inc, Women and Girls STEM Program at the Energy Department and the STEM Education Coalition. In addition, many schools, organizations and colleges run programs in the summer and during the year.

  • David Pham
    David Pham CTO/CPO of Mogul
    7mo ago

    Hi Gilda! What part do you think companies can play in increasing the number of women in STEM?

    Hi Gilda! What part do you think companies can play in increasing the number of women in STEM?

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      Hiring! And Promoting! The economy benefits when more women are in positions in industry including positions of leadership. Companies can play an active role in recruitment and retention and in supporting that programs that advance women.

      Hiring! And Promoting! The economy benefits when more women are in positions in industry including positions of leadership. Companies can play an active role in recruitment and retention and in supporting that programs that advance women.

  • stephanie.yang
    7mo ago

    Hi Gilda! What would you say was your greatest learning experience during your extensive career in academia? Did you have any misconceptions about diversity in STEM education and/or research that have changed over time? Thanks!

    Hi Gilda! What would you say was your greatest learning experience during your extensive career in academia? Did you have any misconceptions about diversity in STEM education and/or research that have changed over time? Thanks!

    • Gilda A. Barabino
      Gilda A. Barabino Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)
      7mo ago

      Sill learning. I can say that, I learned that engineering is an important driver of innovation and ingenuity. In my career, I have encountered others' misconceptions about diversity in STEM that stifles progress. We need real and deep understanding and dialogue on the value of diversity, on an ongoing basis.

      Sill learning. I can say that, I learned that engineering is an important driver of innovation and ingenuity. In my career, I have encountered others' misconceptions about diversity in STEM that stifles progress. We need real and deep understanding and dialogue on the value of diversity, on an ongoing basis.

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Gilda A. Barabino
Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)

Gilda A. Barabino is Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). She has appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine. Prior to joining CCNY, she served [...]

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