ECE Faculty Inspiring a New Generation of Girls Through Research
The Electrical and Computer Engineering department in UC Davis’ College of Engineering has established itself not just as a leader in faculty research but in leading the next generation of scientists. Specifically, ECE’s female faculty positions as leaders in their fields is inspiring more girls to pursue careers in engineering.
The accomplishments and field leadership of women in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering makes them role models for girls just getting started in science seeing what UC Davis ECE faculty and students show is possible.
Toluwanimi Odemuyiwa, a Ph.D student, was one of only 45 students from around the world to be selected for one of Microsoft’s prestigious Ph.D. fellowships. Odemuyiwa’s research at the time of the fellowship was in algorithmic, software and hardware techniques for finding novel ways to handle sparse data and computations. Odemuyiwa was put forward for the fellowship by the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and her selection positions her as a leader amongst her peers.
A double major in the College of Engineering, Sabrina Yarzada was named the 2022 Universities Space Research Association Distinguished Undergraduate Award recipient, the first person from UC Davis to win the award.
“Being the first in UC Davis history to be named a USRA Distinguished Undergraduate is an absolute honor,” she said. “It is a powerful demonstration of the fact that anyone, from any background, can achieve anything.”
Radulaski was one of just 58 scientists to receive funding from the AFOSR’s 2023 Young Investigator Research Program. Her selection shows female scientists still building their careers what is possible and that gender and age are not limiting factors in engineering careers.
A professor of electrical and computer engineering as well as computer science, Chen Nee Chuah was awarded UC Davis’ ADVANCE Scholar Award for her efforts to advance diverse perspectives and gender equity in STEM. In addition to inspiring as a leading researcher, Chuah has made a commitment to increasing opportunities for women in engineering through mentorship and extensive campus service.