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Dr Angela Trego

Department Chair, Utah Valley University 

Topic: How can workforce diversity improve composite productivity (presented jointly with Dr Rik Heslehurst)

Abstract

Women fill half of the jobs in Western Cultures, but fill less than 30% of STEM jobs.  Diversity in the workforce has been shown to produce better, more robust products and research. For example, MIT and Carnegie Melon have proven that groups with a higher proportion of women perform better.  This presentation will first address the current state of women in technical fields and motivation for growing the percentage of women working in composites.  Presented next will be specific options on how to increase the pipeline of women in the composites workforce.  Identification of methods for increasing the pipeline both applied (practical or trades or workshop) and analytical composites applications will also be discussed.  These methodologies will show how industry, universities and trade schools can support and improve the composites industry through the inclusion of more women in the composites workforce.

Bio

Dr. Angela Trego, PE, PMP, FHEA is currently the department chair and an assistant professor at Utah Valley University in Technology Management.  She is also a consultant providing expertise in project management and teaching engineering technical short courses.  She has worked at The Boeing Company, Becton Dickinson, ATK and Varian Medical Systems in various management and technical capacities.  Angela serves as a committee chair for AIAA, on the Engineering Accreditation Commission, on the executive board of directors for both Women Tech Council and Empower Playgrounds.