Karan L. Watson, Ph.D., P.E., was appointed provost and executive vice president on March 8, 2011. She had served in the interim position since July 28, 2009. She previously served as vice provost at Texas A&M University from December 2008 to July 2009 and as dean of faculties and associate provost from February 2002 to December 2008. She joined the faculty of Texas A&M University in 1983 and is currently a Regents Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Dr. Watson is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American Society for Engineering Education. Her awards and recognitions include the U.S. President's Award for Mentoring Minorities and Women in Science and Technology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science mentoring award, the IEEE International Undergraduate Teaching Award, the College of Engineering Crawford Teaching Award, and two University-level Distinguished Achievement Awards from The Texas A&M University Association of Former Students—one in Student Relations in 1992 and one in Administration in 2010.
Megan McClory is a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry. She is currently developing organic chemistry labs that bring chemistry concepts to life for students, as well as a mentorship program for chemistry majors to provide a comfortable academic and social environment. Previously, McClory has done research on the use of organometallic and organocatalysts in the development of new organic reactions and the application of such methods to the synthesis of natural products.
Dr. Sheri Sheppard is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering who teaches both undergraduate and graduate design-related classes, and conducts research on fracture mechanics and applied finite element analysis, and on how people become engineers. Her industry experience includes engineering positions at Detroit's "Big Three” — Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, and Chrysler Corporation. At Stanford she has served a chair of the faculty senate, as associate vice provost for graduate education, and is the longtime faculty founder of and adviser to the graduate student group MEwomen.
Dr. Christine Ortiz is a Materials Science and Engineering professor and Dean of Graduate Education at MIT. Her research is on structural biological materials, particularly musculoskeletal and exoskeletal tissues. Through experimentation and theoretical methods, the Ortiz laboratory aims to construct a fundamental, mechanics-based understanding of tissue function, quality, and pathology. She has over 160 scientific publications in more than 20 academic journals and has given more than 130 invited lectures on her research.
Dr. Fei-Fei Li is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science. She is the director of the Stanford Vision Lab, where her research focuses on building intelligent visual algorithms that perform tasks including object recognition, scene categorization, human motion recognition, and material recognition. In addition to computer vision, she researches machine learning and computational neuroscience in her directorship of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab.
Dr. Jo Boaler is a professor of Mathematics Education in the Graduate School of Education. She is an expert on math education and has written seven books, including, What’s Math Got To Do With It?, The Elephant in the Classroom, and Experiencing School Mathematics. She is actively involved in education reform for equitable mathematics classrooms and is also the CEO and co-founder of Youcubed, a non-profit organization that provides mathematics education resources to parents and educators of K-12 students.
Dr. Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado is a professor of Pediatrics (specializing in infectious diseases) and of Health Research and Policy at the Stanford Medical School. She has conducted research on epidemiologic aspects of viral vaccine development and prevention of perinatal HIV transmission. Other projects have included defining the ontogeny of the immune response to the measles vaccine among young infants and studying the long term history of infants with perinatal HIV exposure and infection.
Research Program Manager, KGC Social Science Research Associate, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
Bhavna’s vision is to train students to see themselves as relevant to the world and as responsible citizens actively contributing to the creation of a shared future for everyone. Her research looks at the emergence and creation of methods in cross-cultural, trans-disciplinary, field-based research projects with a focus on the role of ethics and aesthetics of the collaborators in this process.
Brenda Torres is a PhD candidate in the Immunology Program at Stanford. Her research interests are host-pathogen interactions and data analysis. Brenda’s dissertation, tentatively titled "In sickness and in health: the path to recovery” studies host resilience using a mouse malaria model to create diagnostic disease maps. Brenda’s research aims to better understand the path-recovering hosts create and how their paths differ from host suffering adverse effects. The long-term objective of her research is to develop disease maps as a diagnostic tool and provide a fresh perspective in analyzing the relationship between health and disease.
Alona King is a Sophomore at Stanford University. After doing electrical engineering research and teaching underrepresented high schoolers in STEM computer science at the LEAD Institute over this past summer, Alona has decided to major in Computer Science. Outside of academics, Alona is involved with the Society of Black Scientists and Engineers and works at the Women’s Community Center as the co-Chair for the Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference. Next summer, Alona plans to work on and explore wearable technology as an intern at ConocoPhillips. Her hobbies include writing poetry and short stories, listening and analyzing lyrics, and helping other women creatively get ahead in their introductory technical classes.
Ruqayya Toorawa is a sophomore majoring Mechanical Engineering and minoring in trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She grew up wanting to be an astronaut, and has been interested in STEM fields since her first Women in STEM summer camp in middle school. Her freshman year, she was the Women in STEM intern at the Women's Community Center. Aside from being a steminist, Ruqayya is a social justice advocate and a part of the first generation/ low income community at Stanford.