Women in Engineering

Welcome to Women in Engineering

The Computer Science & Engineering Department at UC Riverside, as part of an effort funded by the Northeastern University Center for Inclusive Computing, has initiated a campaign to increase the representation of women within our degree programs. Only 14-17% of computing graduates are women. UCR is aiming for a 10-point increase in the number of women graduating from engineering programs over the next six years.

A series of workshops under the title “Women In Engineering” will cover the science of teaching and learning, effective instructional practices, and bias training. Everyone has a role to play in increasing the number of women in computing careers.

Take advantage of these opportunities to collaborate with your colleagues and develop strategies for increasing women in the engineering profession.

In cooperation with XCITE, we are offering a series of Lunch and Learn Sessions from Noon - 1:00pm. Click Learn More to get more information on our sessions.

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Faculty Lunch and Learn Sessions

Session 1: November 12

Addressing Unconscious Bias and other Roadblocks for Women Entering Engineering.

Speaker: Lily Gossage, Director of Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP)

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Session 2: January 14

Preparing Students for a Career in Engineering - Panel Discussion.

Speakers: Claire Sarsam, Clara McCreery, and Nemata Blyden

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Session 3: February 11

Broadening Participation in Computing: Writing Better NSF Grants, Part 1.

Speaker: Rick Nader, Principal Consultant, Global Proposal Solutions

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Session 4: March 11

Broadening Participation in Computing: Writing Better NSF Grants, Part 2 - Strategic Planning for Successful Grants

Speaker: Cheryl Diermyer Ed.D., Senior Consultant and Learning Analyst, UCR | XCITE

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Student Jam Session: "What CS Feels Like with No Prior Experience"

Speakers: Panel of Current Students
When: Friday, May 13, Noon - 1pm
Where: This is a virtual event

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Faculty Lunch and Learn Series

Session 1: November 12, 2021

Addressing Unconscious Bias and other Roadblocks for Women Entering Engineering.




Lily Gossage Ph.D.

Co-Principal investigator

Lily Gossage is Director of Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP): Center for Gender, Diversity & Student Excellence at Cal Poly Pomona. She provides     management-level oversight for the development, strategic planning, initiation, assessment, and promotion of programs/activities for the recruitment, retention,   and success of women, historically under-represented minorities, and first-generation students. Beyond managing State funds, she also seeks Federal funding   through competitive proposal writing.

Session 2: January 14, 2022

Preparing Students for a Career in Engineering - Panel Discussion.


Clara McCreery


Clara McCreery

Software Engineer at r2c

Clara McCreery is a full-stack software engineer at r2c, a static analysis start-up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She   graduated in 2015 from Stanford University with a BS in chemical engineering. After 3 years of research at MIT Lincoln   Laboratory, she returned to Stanford for a master's degree in computer science. She is passionate about   cybersecurity,  education, and environmental justice.



Nemata Blyden

Product Marketing Engineer at Intel Corporation

Nemata (Nema) is responsible for driving the product management and technical marketing of desktop processors and chipsets through the product life cycle. Proven knowledgeable and a leader in product execution, she has held a variety of roles and worked with world-wide teams. Before moving into product marketing, she was a sample planning manager. In that role, Nema was directly responsible for the operations of desktop processor & chipset customer samples. Earlier roles include technical program management supporting execution teams in the areas of the change control board, validation, scheduling, risk management and customer communication for client computing product lines.

Nema earned her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Riverside in 2010. She is the youngest of 3 girls and the only female engineer in her family. In her spare time, Nema loves community outreach that encourages under-represented minorities in STEAM, going to the beach, napping, traveling, musical concerts, and planning surprises for her family and friends.

Claire Sarsam


Claire Sarsam

Software Engineer at Justworks

Claire is a full stack software engineer at Gusto, working on a product team focused on delivering the best possible experience to accountants on the Gusto platform. She was inspired to pursue engineering after spending high school participating in FRC robotics, and graduated from ASU with a bachelor's degree in computer science in 2015. Since then, she's worked in the software industry on both product and platform teams and led projects, mentored other engineers, and learned a ton about a range of technologies. In her free time, she enjoys working at her grocery coop, spending time with friends, and taking care of her three cats.

Session 3: February 11, 2022

Broadening Participation in Computing: Writing Better NSF Grants, Part 1.


Rick Nader


Rick Nader

Principal Consultant, Global Proposal Solutions

Rick has 30 years of experience developing teams and writing proposals to federal, private, and corporate foundations as well as international funding   sources. He has helped hundreds of faculty become competitive. Rick has significantly contributed to over $100M in external awards across a broad range   of funding agencies: NSF, NIH, DoD, Department of Energy, Department of Education, State Department, Department of Health and Human Services, as well   as state, private, and international funding sources.

Session 4: March 11, 2022

Broadening Participation in Computing: Writing Better NSF Grants, Part 2 - Strategic Planning for Successful Grants




Cheryl Diermyer Ed.D

Senior Consultant and Learning Analyst, UCR | XCITE

Dr. Diermyer is a design thinking fellow and PROSCI certified change management manager. Her research is focused in two areas, (a) the impact of technology-assisted programs on student time to degree and (b) human-centered approaches to change management for program and organizational success. She has worked as a strategic consultant and manager of campus-wide education innovation efforts, including student produced digital media assignments, massive open online courses (MOOCs), learning management system implementation, and large scale, high priority projects to streamline and standardize university resources, administration, and academic processes. Her work as principal investigator on a state-wide Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum grant resulted in an award for Innovative Teaching. She has taught undergraduate courses in education, communication, business, and psychology.