Director, Women in Engineering (WE) Program, Texas A&M University. She has held similar positions at both The Ohio State University (2011 – 2015) and Arizona State University (1997 – 2010). She has been involved in SWE as both a member and student chapter advisor since 1997. Shawna holds B.S. degrees in Microbiology and Physiological Psychology (Neuroscience), with minors in Chemistry and Women’s Studies, as well as a M.S. in Bioengineering from Arizona State University. She has directed STEM outreach, recruitment and retention programs to excite and engage young female students to pursue engineering careers. She has been involved in robotics efforts (AZ and OH) including FIRST, STEM Equity Pipeline Project, TECH CORPS, and PLTW. She is outgoing President of AZ Promoters of Applied Science in Education, a non-profit organization hosting the National Underwater Robotics Challenge (NURC) (2007-2014). She has also been a small business owner since 2002 and is an accomplished musician and cellist. Shawna is interested in programs that are cross-disciplinary in nature and involve a fusion of the arts, humanities, and STEM disciplines.
Ph.D., P.E., is an associate professor of water resources engineering in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, where she teaches fluid dynamics and groundwater engineering. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Geological Engineering are from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and her doctorate in Environmental Engineering is from the University of California at Berkeley. She is registered as a professional engineer in the state of Texas.
She specializes in ecohydrology and groundwater sustainability, focusing on the interactions between groundwater, soil moisture, and vegetation and their implications for managing water resources. Her current work aims to better understand groundwater dependent ecosystems and their response to changes in groundwater availability; to develop enhanced models of plant-water relations in the tropics; and to improve methods of artificial groundwater recharge, such as aquifer storage and recovery systems. Her research is primarily funded is through a National Science Foundation CAREER Award from the Environmental Sustainability Program and a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Earth System Modeling Program. In 2015, she was named a Montague Scholar by the Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence, and in 2016, she received the Texas A&M Dean of Engineering Excellence Award.
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