Women and Men in Engineering: Building an Influential STEM Field Together

The IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Windsor is pleased to invite everybody to the annual IEEE WIE Session at the 30th IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE’17)!

This year, the conference is going to take place in Windsor and will include a special WIE session on supporting women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic) fields.

When: 3:50-5:20 PM, May 1st, 2017

Where: Caesars Hotel, Windsor, Ontario.

Our honorable speakers will inclusively address men in the audience and will bring a female perspective on important topics, such and support, communications, leadership, and diversity. Studies show that, although equal education opportunities are provided for both genders nowadays and more female enrollment is recorded in post-secondary education, women are still significantly underrepresented in STEM fields and are more likely to leave STEM jobs after graduation than men. Not only this indicates an evident gender gap in STEM professions, but it also means that the full potential which comes from diversity to drive STEM fields forward is not utilized. We strongly believe that underrepresentation of women in STEM fields, and in Engineering particularly, is not a problem of women alone and men play a big role in female entry to and retention at these fields. Men are also an important and valuable part of WIE group as it is opened to everyone who supports women in engineering.

Join us for this event and you will learn about the key gender differences in the workplace and how to attract women to and support their retention at STEM professions, thus creating stronger teams and better, more diverse, and sustainable future for these fields. Together we can achieve more! 

All students are invited to join this event. The admission is free but you need to register before the event since limited spots are available. Refreshments will be provided, and you can try your chance to win one of our draw in gifts.

  Date and Time




  • 377 Riverside Dr E, Windsor, ON N9A 7H7
  • Windsor, Ontario
  • Canada

  • Registration closed


Dr. Ana Luisa Trejos

Dr. Ana Luisa Trejos of University of Windsor


Bias in STEM: Conscious or Unconscious?


Dr. Ana Luisa Trejos, P.Eng., Senior IEEE Member, is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Western University and an Associate Scientist in the Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics at Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada. She received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2012 from Western University as well. Her research interests include devices for minimally invasive surgery, the design of wearable devices for the treatment of chronic pain, as well as the development and evaluation of systems for surgical training and motor skills assessment. Dr. Trejos is a recipient of more than 19 excellence awards, such as Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Award, Peter C. Maurice Research Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering Award from Western University, Early Researcher Award from Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, Jean MacDonald Award from the University of British Columbia, 2015 WORLDiscoveries Vanguard Award and many more. Ana Luisa is a frequently invited guest speaker and panel presenter at various conferences, seminars, workshops, and symposiums, where she enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise with a wide range of researchers and engineers. She also serves as the Chair of the Bone and Joint Seminar Committee at Western University, whose goal is to inspire and encourage interdisciplinary collaborations by exposing other disciplines in the general university community to research topics in musculoskeletal health. Dr. Trejos has been serving as the Vice-Chair of the IEEE WIE London since 2014. She also contributed and is contributing to numerous community outreach programs which promote engineering and women in STEM.

Dr. Ferial El-Hawary

Dr. Ferial El-Hawary


Mutual Support is the Key for Winning in the Journey of Life


University of Alexandria, and the M. Sc. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, in Electrical Engineering; and the Ph.D. in Oceans Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Dr. El-Hawary is the President and founder of BH Engineering Systems Ltd. She served on the Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University, where she established and directed the Modeling & Signal Analysis Research Laboratory, where she developed and taught related courses linking academic innovations to industrial needs. She has published widely in IEEE Journals and she is the Editor-in-Chief of The Ocean Engineering Handbook. Also, served as Associate Editor of IEEE Oceanic Engineering Journal. (She has established and developed the Task Force for WIE of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova-Scotia, 1990). Prior to that, she spent two years (1971-1973) in Brazil following her husband Mo in being part of the team for establishing a Higher Engineering Research Institute which is well recognized as (COPPE) in Rio de-Janero, Brazil . She is IEEE-Canada (Region-7) Director 2008-09, and served many of IEEE Standing Committees. Currently she is serving on IEEE/Oceanic Engineering Society Board. Ferial is recognized for her leadership in establishing many of IEEE- OES Chapters in Halifax, France, Norway and a joint OES Chapter in Quebec City, Canada. Ferial served as IEEE OCEANS’08 General Co-Chair, IEEE Section Congress’08, and IEEE OCEANS’11 Organizing Committees. She was the General Chair of IEEE Canada International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC’2014), Montreal, Canada. Also, she has participated in many of IEEE Panel Discussions related to higher education and IEEE/OES Oceans related. She is the recipient of the IEEE-Systems Man & Cybernetics Society (SMC) Outstanding Contribution Award, IEEE- Educational Activities Board (EAB) Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education, Marine Technology Society (MTS) Ocean Engineering Compass International Award, the J.J. Archambault IEEE/Eastern Canada Council Merit Award, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, IEEE/RAB Achievement Award and IEEE/OES Distinguished Service Award. She is Fellow of (MTS), Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), and Fellow of IEEE.


15:30 – 15:50 – Registration and Coffee Break

15:50 – 15:55 – Opening Remarks by Elena Uchiteleva, Regional Coordinator of IEEE WIE Canada

15:55 – 16:00 – Introduction to WIE by Rose Gomar, Chair of IEEE WIE Windsor

16:00 – 16:15 – Jacqueline Stagner “Attracting and Retaining Women in Engineering at Universities" 

16:45 – 17:00 – Maike Luiken “The Courage to Lead: Diversity Aware Leadership” 

16:15 – 16:30 – Ferial El-Hawary “Mutual Support is the Key for Winning in the Journey of Life”

16:30 – 16:45 – Ana Luisa Trejos “Bias in STEM: Conscious or Unconscious?”

17:00 – 17:20 – Questions and Discussion, Ferial El-Hawary, Maike Luiken and Ana Luisa Trejos 

17:20 – Draw, closing remarks and adjourn