Dr. Beverly Louie is the Director of Teaching and Learning Initiatives in the Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) Center at the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) in the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder). Prior to this, she was the Women in Engineering Program director, a senior instructor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, and a research engineer at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, where she was Co-PI on several heat transfer grants. For the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), she has served as secretary on the board of directors, as the program chair for the national conference and as the co-committee chair for the Women in STEM Knowledge Center, an online repository of research findings and resources on women in STEM. She has chaired and organized the programming for the four-campus, CU Women’s Symposium conference. Louie has been a locally and nationally invited speaker, panelist, evaluator and workshop presenter.
Louie conducts engineering education research and works to implement strategies to increase performance and retention for women, students of color, low income and first-generation college attendees. She was co-PI for the NSF REE grant, “Inclusive Excellence to Bolster Diversity: A System of Capacity Building Pathways To and Through Engineering.” She received internal grants to implement an inclusive, college-wide, drop-in tutoring program hosted by the BOLD Center and for numerous course improvements in the chemical engineering undergraduate laboratory and associated courses. She helped redesign and was co-lead instructor for the Introduction to Engineering course that incorporated discipline-specific modules focused on the Grand Challenges of Engineering. Louie has taught numerous team-based First-Year Projects courses and summer bridge and outreach programs. She co-directs a college-wide research program called Your Own Undergraduate Research Experience at CU (YOU’RE@CU) in which graduate students design a small research project around which they mentor an undergraduate who is new to research. She currently works with faculty search committees to use inclusive hiring practices.
At CU Boulder, she received the Equity and Excellence award for promoting diversity and inclusive excellence (April 2017); the Marinus G. Smith award for her positive impacts on student success (2011); and the Subaru Educator Spotlight award for faculty excellence (2002). Louie earned her doctorate’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oxford University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.
The CU Boulder CEAS has experienced remarkable growth in the representation of underrepresented students in recent years. Once hosting independent gender and ethnic/racial diversity program, the College moved to a unified diversity and inclusion approach in establishing the Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) Center. The resulting BOLD Center applied revised strategies leveraging past […]