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Shadnaz Asgari

Associate Professor Of Biomedical Engineering
California State University, Long Beach

Dr. Shadnaz Asgari received a 2020-21 CSU Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award for significantly increasing female representation in the fields of engineering and computer science. Under her leadership, the newly-created Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department has more than doubled its enrollment, with women making up 50 percent of BME majors—remarkable for a field that typically averages less than 25 percent female students. Dr. Asgari is dedicated to making the field of BME more accessible for women and other underrepresented groups in STEM. As co-director of the NIH BUILD program, Asgari develops courses aimed at preparing underrepresented students for doctoral programs and biomedical research careers. In addition, she works with a team of CSULB faculty to recruit and retain female students in collaboration with the National Center for Women & Information Technology​​


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