Four members of the Society of Women Engineers club at UC Davis

Women in STEM

Featured Women Spotlights

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Janine Moses

A graduate student in mechanical and aerospace engineering, Janine reflects on the women engineers who inspired and helped her along the way.

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Linda Finley

Linda Finley

Linda '81, mechanical engineering, served as president for the Society of Women Engineers at UC Davis. She continues to support and advocate for women in STEM.

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Ashna Reddy

Ashna chose UC Davis for the people and program. She has found community at the College of Engineering through various clubs, research opportunities and mentorships.

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Renetta Garrison Tull
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Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull

Adjunct Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, UC Davis

Dr. Tull writes about 'a career of inclusion' in volume I of Rising to the Top, a book dedicated to providing an inspiring look into the experiences that have shaped the lives and careers of women engineering leaders from around the world.

Learn more about Rising to the Top

kim budil uc davis engineering alumni lawrence livermore national laboratory

UC Davis engineering alumna Kim Budil earned her M.S. in '88 and Ph.D. in '94, both in applied science.

Since then, she has become the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory — the first woman director in the lab's 69-year history.

Read the full story 'Leading the Lab'

Diane Bryant

Electrical engineering alumna Diane Bryant gifted $6.5 million to the College of Engineering — the largest single donation in the college's history.

The gift goes towards the construction of the Diane Bryant Engineering Student Design Center, a 23,000-square-foot space dedicated to engineering design and entrepreneurship education.

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Club Spotlights

Our women-led clubs focus on creating a community to empower women in engineering
Club of Future Female Electrical Engineers
  • Club of Future Female Electrical Engineers (COFFEE)
  • Founded in 2018, the Club of Future Female Electrical Engineers (COFFEE) at UC Davis is an organization aimed towards promoting academics, retention and community among women in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

    Fun fact: In creating the name one very late night in the 24 hour study room, there were two options for the club name: EEW (Electrical Engineering Women) and COFFEE (Club of Future Female Electrical Engineers). Thankfully, the organization adopted the second name!

    Learn more about the Club of Future Female Electrical Engineers
  • Female Association of Civil Engineers (FACE)
  • Female Association of Civil Engineers (FACE) is a community of civil engineers who aim to support women and non-binary students pursuing civil engineering and environmental engineering. 

    Learn more about the Female Association of Civil Engineers

  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) empowers women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion. For more than seven decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry.

    Learn more about the Society of Women Engineers

  • Women in Computer Science (WiCS)
  • Women in Computer Science (WiCS) supports, empowers and motivates the growing community of women in computer science.

    The club prepares women for the tech industry, in addition to inspiring women to explore educational and professional opportunities in computing through creating a powerful community, providing mentorship and helping them to succeed.

    Learn more about Women in Computer Science

  • Women Machinists' Club (WMC)
  • Created in 2020, the Women Machinists' Club (WMC) at UC Davis believes that every developing engineer should have the chance to work with their hands. However, machine shops are often male-dominated, and students of underrepresented genders report experiencing discrimination in these environments. That’s why WMC serves as a space for interested students of underrepresented genders to learn skills and support one another.

    Learn more about the Women Machinists' Club

Women Faculty Spotlight

Our spotlights celebrate the achievements of our women faculty, who are leaders in their field and are helping to #BreakTheBias

Tina Jeoh Receives Danisco Foundation Scientific Excellence Medal

Biological and Agricultural Engineering Professor Tina Jeoh received the 2021 Danisco Foundation Science Excellence Medal. Every year, the award recognizes one scientist for their scientific and operational excellence and a remarkable track record of accomplishments in research and collaboration with industry.

Thwarting Viruses, Restoring Speech

Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor Priya Shah has been awarded $40,000 for her project that unravels the essential aspects of arbovirus replication, and aims to thwart a major source of emerging disease by identifying novel therapeutic targets.

Karen McDonald Honored for Excellence in Biochemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Distinguished Professor Karen McDonald was honored for her outstanding contributions to the field of biochemical engineering with the 2022 Daniel I.C. Wang Award from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Biochemical Technology (ACS BIOT) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Society of Biological Engineering (AIChE/SBE).

NSLS-II User Profile: Roopali Kukreja, UC Davis

To investigate the functional properties of electronic and magnetic materials, Assistant Professor Roopali Kukreja leverages the coherent and highly stable x-ray beams available at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II)—a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Faculty Spotlight: Yayoi Takamura

My general approach in life is to lead by example and put 110% effort towards excelling in the important goals. I try to demonstrate that gender does not prevent me from excelling, and I try to be a good role model to the next generation to inspire them to work hard towards their goals.

Faculty Spotlight: Xin Liu

My current research focuses on machine learning algorithm development and machine learning applications in human and animal healthcare, food systems, and computer networks. I love this type of interdisciplinary research - I can see its direct impact and huge potential in our society.

Faculty Spotlight: Priya Shah

My lab studies how viruses hijack cells and turn them into tiny viral factories that produce more viruses. This information can be helpful to develop therapies and also design new cellular controls inspired by our enemies (viruses)! I love my research because it is sometimes unbelievable how "clever" viruses can be by evolving certain traits.

Faculty Spotlight: Nina Amenta

I am now working on a mathematical description of the way shapes deform over time. This grew out of some research I did a long time ago about visualizing how the shapes of monkey skulls evolve, but it has turned into the development of some cool new math.

Faculty Spotlight: Marina Radulaski

I love that in my lab, we can create states of matter that don't occur in our everyday experience - the quantum states. It feels like having a secret key to unlocking the unique mysteries of the universe.

Faculty Spotlight: Marina Leite

Engineering is at the intersection of fundamental and applied research, which I find perfectly aligned with one of my long-term career goals: doing science that can help our society mitigate climate change.

Faculty Spotlight: Laura Marcu

My work is in the area of biophotonic technologies research and applications in medicine. These technologies can provide solutions to critical societal problems such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, and possibly save lives.

Faculty Spotlight: Zahra Sadeghizadeh

I strive to be an inclusive instructor and make sure that everyone feels welcome in my classes. I work to mentor my female students and serve as a role model for them in professionalism and performance. I want to let them know that they can have a work-life balance while at the same time striving for excellence in the engineering field!

Faculty Spotlight: Karen McDonald

I have promoted engineering as one of the most rewarding fields for women throughout my career.  It is intellectually fulfilling as it is technically challenging, requires creativity and constantly evolving. It is personally fulfilling to solve major societal problems and is financially rewarding.