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The Virginia Mountain Section of the IEEE October 2011 Update.
For a list of planned future meetings, see the excomm minutes.

- Last Meeting : Thursday, October 20, 2011 in Blacksburg.
- Please make reservations by 5:00 pm, Monday October 17, 2011.
   See details below.
- P.E. continuing education credit hours
- PowerPoint presentation from Dr. Pendleton's talk

Meeting Announcement:

If You Build It, They Will Come? Why Women Tend to Avoid
Certain Engineering Disciplines and Work Environments

Presented by

Leslie K. Pendleton, Ph.D.
Director, Student Services
The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliate Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies


Despite federal equal opportunity and Title IX legislation, K-12 and collegiate support programs, and professional affinity groups, for example, IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), certain engineering disciplines and work environments continue to present particular obstacles and challenges for women. This presentation will address the multifaceted reasons and circumstances that continue to deter women from full participation as Electrical and Computer Engineers. Relevant research, professional and ethical issues, contemporary case studies, and recommendations for inclusion will be discussed.



Dr. Pendleton has 22 years of teaching, advising, research, service/outreach, and administrative experience in various capacities within the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. For the last 13 years, she has been an Affiliate Faculty in Women's and Gender Studies. Her research has focused primarily on women's persistence in engineering, for example, the impact of cooperative education and internships on academic, work, and career self-efficacy. She is an active member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She has received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Provost's Award for Excellence in Advising, and the Award for Excellence in Career Advising.

Meeting Details:

Date: Thursday,October 20, 2011
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM
Cost: Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00

Holiday Inn University-Blacksburg
900 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060

click on the link above for map and directions.

Reservations: Please contact Joe Hartwell ( or Dave Livingston (, 540-464-7545) to make reservations by 5 PM, Monday, October 17, 2011 and specify the number of attendees.

P.E. Continuing Education Credit Hours
One continuing education credit hour will be awarded for attendees of this presentation.


The Virginia Mountain Section (VMS) of the IEEE has been serving members in the Southwest corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1949.

We currently have two Student Branches in local universities and colleges:

  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Tech

and the VMS Consultants Network Affinity Group

The purpose of this Affinity Group is to share information concerning consulting opportunities, and to make a list of consultants and their areas of expertise available to potential employers.

Anyone wishing to be added to this group, or desiring more information should contact David Livingston,

Information about our Section, the Chapters, and material of interest to our members may be found by selecting items in the left column of this page.

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