LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Engineering [Workshop & Panel] | AIChE

LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Engineering [Workshop & Panel]

Tuesday, October 30, 2018,
3:30pm to 6:00pm

This session will include a presentation and a panel on how to best attract, engage and include LGBTQ+ engineers into your workplace, department or classroom. Strategies will be given for allies of the LGBTQ+ community to better support their colleagues and influence the overall climate. Topics include basic LGBTQ+ terminology, managing bias and microaggressions, introduction of intersectionality and more. The panel features perspectives and experiences from leaders in industry and academia.

The workshop and panel will be followed by a special reception for LGBTQ+ members and their allies in the same room.


3:30 - 4:45 - Workshop & Training on Being a Better Ally of LGBTQ+ Engineers 

The workshop is for allies and LGBTQ+ to discuss and engage in learning more about the current engineering culture, including understanding terminology, unconscious bias and microaggressions. Strategies will be shared to create a more inclusive classroom or workplace. It will be run by:

  • Stephanie Farrell, Experiential Engineering Education, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ and
  • Anthony Edward Butterfield, Chemical Engineering, University of Utah.

4:45 - 5:55 - Panel of Leaders Discuss Their Experiences with LGBTQ+ Inclusion

This panel will explore real experiences of LGBTQ+ inclusion in industry and academia over the years. The panel includes:

Moderator: Gayle J. Gibson, Director, Engineering Dupont (Retired)

  • Jim FitterlingChief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company and Chief Operating Officer, DowDuPont Materials Science Division;
  • Deborah Grubbe, Owner and President of Operations and Safety Solutions;
  • Eric Reiner, professor at University of California, Berkeley

Learn more about AIChE's Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.

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AIChE® thanks the Founders’ Circle companies and individuals who have contributed for their early leadership and support of programming to foster inclusion in engineering.

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Anthony Butterfield

Dr. Anthony Butterfield received his BS and PhD from the University of Utah and his MS degree from the University of California, San Diego, each in the field of chemical engineering. Dr. Butterfield has been a faculty member at the University of Utah for seven years, and currently serves as a board member of ASEE's Chemical Engineering Division.Read more

Stephanie Farrell

Stephanie Farrell is Professor and Founding Chair of Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University (USA) and the 2018-19 President of the American Society for Engineering Education. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for contributions to engineering education through her work in experiential learning and promoting diversity and inclusion. Stephanie was the 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar in Engineering Education at Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland). She was awarded Honoris Causa in Engineering Education from the Internationale Gesellschaft für...Read more

Jim Fitterling

Jim Fitterling is the chief executive officer of The Dow Chemical Company and chief operating officer for the Materials Science Division of DowDuPont, a nearly $80 billion holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont with the intent to form independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty products sectors.Read more

Gayle J. Gibson

Gayle J. Gibson led the DuPont Engineering Research and Technology organization of internal engineering consultants and the company’s Field Engineering Program for early-career engineers. 

Gayle joined DuPont in 1983 and held a variety of roles through which she implemented best practices and enabled global business revitalization on behalf of multiple, high-performing business units. Her contributions included engineering design, process engineering, research and development, product and process development, manufacturing supervision, market development, business strategy...Read more

Deborah Grubbe

Ms. Grubbe has seen engineering ethics from many perspectives, and will bring her broad perspective to the webinar.  A registered PE, she is a former Chair of the Law Enforcement and Ethics Committee of the Delaware Board, has consulted with NASA on safety culture after the Columbia Shuttle Accident, and has lectured extensively to students and professionals on safety and ethics.  She has 40 yrs experience in industry and in private practice, and is currently co-authoring a ebook on an "Engineers' Professional Responsibility."...Read more

Eric S. Reiner

Eric S. Reiner is a chemical engineering alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his SB and PhD, respectively. Reiner is a presently a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a retired managing director at UBS AG (the Swiss bank). Reiner spent more than 20 years, 16 of which as a managing director (partner), at UBS where his career focused on equity derivatives trading and enterprise-wide risk management. In 2001, he co-founded the organization’s LGBT network in the Americas....Read more