Member Spotlight

Dr. Pallavi (Dolly) Chitta

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah
Professional Member since 2015

 

“Women are creative, and their involvement really advances the success of a team.”

What region or country do you see making the most headway in the gender bias and inequity issues women in STEM face? Why?

Although it’s still not an icon to the rest of the world, the United States has been and will be a leading player in this effort. This is supported by the emphasis on diversity in U.S.-based institutions and hiring practices, the promotion of women-owned small businesses, and women in leadership roles. Otherwise, there would not be Jennifer Lewis at Harvard University entirely pioneering 3D printing technology.

What do you see as being the biggest factor in female equity on a global level? Why?

Women are creative, and their involvement really advances the success of a team, because they help in creating cohesive atmospheres, contributing to 50% of the workforce. The factor that works against women is their lack of confidence that they can be game-changing.

What advice would you give to women entering STEM in any country?

A career in STEM is at the forefront of any technological innovations that directly impact the financial, technological, and military progress of any country. If one wants to contribute to global energy independence, it is an opportune time to pursue a career in STEM. It is almost mandatory to have passion.

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