Ashley Taylor is a doctoral student in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech, where she also serves as a program assistant for the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity. Her research interests include broadening participation in engineering, diversity and inclusion in engineering, and building capacity in low and middle income countries through inclusive engineering education. Ashley received her MS in Mechanical Engineering, MPH in Public Health Education, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Popular stereotypes regarding the type of work engineers do, the values of the engineering profession, and the types of people that become engineers tend to emphasize technical skills and logical problem-solving—often positioning broader global or societal implications as peripheral, secondary concerns. Though numerous studies of engineering practice run counter to such perceptions, these misconceptions persist […]