Guest Lecture on Broadening Participation with Dr. Weatherton

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Venue:MARC Pavilion


Dr. Yvette Pearson Weatherton has 20 years of experience in engineering education. After serving as a faculty member at Southern University for 12 years, she joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Arlington in September 2007, where she is Associate Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dr. Pearson Weatherton holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Environmental Chemistry from Southern University, a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences from The University of New Orleans, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Louisiana.

Currently an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) appointee, Dr. Pearson Weatherton is a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation where she manages a large and diverse portfolio of awards geared toward Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development. Prior to assuming this role, she provided leadership in acquiring and administering nearly $3 million in funding for projects focused on improving recruitment, retention, and graduation of STEM majors. One of her key focus areas is broadening the participation of students from underrepresented groups – minorities, females and persons with disabilities – in STEM education and careers. Identifying with all three of these groups, Dr. Pearson Weatherton offers a unique perspective shaped by her experiences as an engineering student and professional.

Dr. Pearson Weatherton is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), where she has served in a number of leadership roles. Most recently, she was appointed as a member of the society’s Committee on Sustainability, a Corresponding Member of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and was selected to represent the organization as a Program Evaluator (PEV) for ABET. Additionally, Dr. Pearson Weatherton is an actively engaged member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), where she regularly participates in conferences as an author/presenter and reviews for one of the organization’s journals, Advances in Engineering Education, as needed.

Dr. Pearson Weatherton’s accomplishments in engineering education and research have been recognized through several honors and awards. She has been invited to Oxford University twice (2007 and 2012) to speak about her work, most recently presenting the results of her research team’s efforts to infuse various engineering curricula with sustainability. In 2013, she was ranked among the top 25 women professors in the State of Texas and she received the University of Texas Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, which is the highest teaching award in the University of Texas System. Dr. Pearson Weatherton also received the 2010 and 2012 UT Arlington Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, a 2009 UT Arlington College of Engineering Research Excellence Award, Southern University’s Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Member (five years), and Southern University’s 2003 College of Engineering Teacher of the Year award.