E 311A: Women's Perspectives in Engineering

Reading Between the Lines - (Real) Roles, Responsibilities, & Stories
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 4:30pm
Bldg 200-034
Amy Herr, Professor of Bioengineering (UC Berkeley)
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The ME Graduate Women's Group has offered ME/ENGR 311A: Women's Perspectives, a 1-unit credit seminar, every year since the group's inception in 1998. For credit or not, everyone is welcome to come! Speakers are asked to address the factors, experiences, and lessons that have been particularly important to their success in industry, academia, and... life.


Amy E. Herr received a BS degree in Engineering & Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology and MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She is currently the Lester John & Lynne Dewar Lloyd Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley and a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she was a staff member in the Biosystems Research Group at Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore, CA). Her research interests include bioinstrumentation innovation to advance quantitation in the biosciences & biomedicine, in particular the study and application of electrokinetic phenomena in multi-stage, heterogeneous bioanalytical microsystems. Her pedagogical interests are in bioengineering design and transport. To support the international technical community, she actively serves on the technical program committee of several international conferences.

Among other honors, Professor Herr has been recognized as a Visionary Awardee by the City of Berkeley (2017; one of three) and a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator (2017-2022). For teaching and mentoring, she has received the 2012 Ellen Weaver Award from the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), the 2012 Outstanding Instructor Award in Bioengineering (Bioengineering Honor Society student vote) and a 2007 Outstanding Mentor Award from Sandia National Laboratories.

She is faculty advisor to the UC Berkeley chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Graduate Women in Engineering (GWE), as well as assisted with establishing the UC Berkeley chapter of the National Science Policy Group (NSPG).