MEMPHIS — Dr. Divya Choudhary, director of the Graduate Engineering Program and the STEM Center for Women and Diversity at Christian Brothers University (CBU), has been named as one of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching 2017.” The publication’s Summer 2017 issue features profiles of all the honorees.
Nominated by their employers, colleagues, and peers, the honorees represent leaders from across the nonprofit, manufacturing, higher education, health care, legal, professional, and government sectors who stand out for their accomplishments and have broken ground in their profession.
Choudhary, also an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the only woman faculty member at CBU's Gadomski School of Engineering and the first woman to receive tenure from the School.
Under her leadership of the Graduate Engineering Program, she has successfully implemented effective cost reduction, strategic planning, innovative recruiting and marketing methods, and new curriculum development — all of which have lead to a substantial growth in the program. She also developed a new master's degree, the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems, and a new Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics.
Choudhary founded and is the director of the STEM Center for Women and Diversity at CBU. Through industry collaborations with the STEM Center, she developed several free engineering hands-on workshop programs for middle and high school girls, as well as the Future Women Engineers Program, a week-long engineering camp for high school girls. She has worked with Girls Incorporated and Reach Memphis, conducting free workshops.
"Being a woman in male-dominated fields can be intimidating,” Choudhary is quoted in the publication. “Because of my experience, I participate in mentoring programs, organizing and giving talks at women's leadership events, outreach activities and workshops for young women, encouraging them to pursue STEM majors and careers.”
Profiles in Diversity Journal is dedicated to promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the corporate, government, nonprofit, higher education, and military sectors. For more than 18 years, we have helped to stimulate organizational change by showcasing the visionary leadership, innovative programs, and committed individuals who are making it happen.