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Engineer Inclusion

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Meet our Founder

Meagan Pollock, PhD

Dr. Meagan Pollock envisions a world where personal and social circumstances are not obstacles to achieving potential, and where kindness, inclusivity, and conservation prevail. An international speaker, teacher, engineer, and equity leader, her mission is to provide services, tools, and resources that inspire awareness and initiate action.

Meagan’s company, Engineer Inclusion, helps people intentionally and systematically engineer equity and inclusion into their organizations: driving positive outcomes and effectively supporting employees and the community. She provides teaching, consulting and development services related to engineering, education, and equity to industry, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions across the globe. A storyteller at heart, Meagan connects with audiences through her authentic style, and her ability to facilitate tough conversations.

Meagan is the current chair of the American Society for Engineering Education Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and previously served as the commission’s Chair of the Professional Development Committee. In addition, she is an Associate Fellow at the Southern Methodist University Caruth Institute for Engineering Education.

A past recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Meagan holds a PhD in engineering education from Purdue University, an MS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, and a BS in computer science from Texas Woman’s University. 

Meagan began her career playing with light projection on tiny microscopic mirrors as an engineer for Texas Instruments. She now utilizes metaphorical projectors and mirrors to shine a light on micro and macro social systems that when adjusted, improve student and employee success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

As an engineer turned educator, Meagan focuses on helping others intentionally engineer inclusion® in education and the workforce.

Dr. Meagan Pollock began her career playing with light projection on tiny microscopic mirrors as an engineer for Texas Instruments. Through her company, Engineer Inclusion, she now utilizes metaphorical projectors and mirrors to shine a light on micro and macro social systems that, when adjusted, improve student and employee success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. A TEDx speaker, author, and a past recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Meagan holds a PhD in engineering education from Purdue University, an MS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, and a BS in computer science from Texas Woman’s University. As an engineer turned educator, Meagan focuses on helping others intentionally engineer inclusion® in education and the workforce.

Dr. Meagan Pollock envisions a world where personal and social circumstances are not obstacles to achieving potential and where kindness, inclusivity, and conservation prevail. A past recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Meagan holds a PhD in engineering education from Purdue University, an MS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, and a BS in computer science from Texas Woman’s University. As an engineer turned educator for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Meagan focuses on helping others intentionally engineer inclusion® in education and the workforce through her company, Engineer Inclusion. An international and TEDx speaker, consultant, teacher, engineer, and equity leader, her mission is to provide services, tools, and resources that inspire awareness and initiate action. 

I am a single white, educated, middle-class, middle-aged queer woman business owner and humanist who has multiple hidden disabilities.

A middle child between two brothers, my white evangelical parents raised us in a deeply conservative lower middle-income Texas household. After two decades away, in 2022, I relocated back to the small Republican-stronghold town that grew me, Orange, Texas, to be closer to my parents. I am a product of public schools. Academic scholarships and fellowships funded all three of my degrees, and my education has been a class equalizer for me in many ways. I am working toward becoming an adoptive parent of teenage children from the Texas foster system. 

As a woman in computer science and engineering, I know what it feels like to be the only woman in the classroom, lab, fab, or conference room. My experiences drove me to focus my career on changing the culture and climate of engineering and tech so that people from marginalized or minoritized backgrounds feel valued, included, encouraged, and affirmed in the classroom and workplace. My work has since expanded to multiple industries and fields.

As a white woman recovering from a deeply conservative Southern upbringing yet still embedded in the culture, my particular strength is helping people with privilege advance on their journey to becoming inclusive leaders and take meaningful and strategic action to lead institutional change.

What Meagan’s Published

Publications

*Pollock, M. (2022). Explore STEM Careers, 3rd Edition. NAPE. Gap, PA.

Pollock, M.Holly, J., & Leggett-Robinson, P. (2022). Inclusive leadership development for engineers. In M. R. Kendall & C. Rottmann (Eds.). New Directions for Student Leadership: No. 173. Student leadership development in engineering (pp. 119– 128). Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/yd.20483

*Pollock, M. & Williams, B.(2020). Explore Nontraditional Careers, 2nd Edition. NAPE. Gap, PA.

*Pollock, M. (2019) Together, We Can Make The World Better. Amazon KDP. 

*Pollock, M. (2019) Quotes and Questions for Reflection and Dialogue. Amazon KDP. 

*Brown, M., Martin, J., Davis, M. & Pollock, M. (2018). Eliminating Barriers through Culturally Responsive Teaching. NAPE. Gap, PA.

*Brown, M., Thompson, J., & Pollock, M. (2017). Ensuring Equity in Problem Based Learning. NAPE. Gap, PA.

*Brown, M., Tucker, C., & Pollock, M. (2017). Inspiring Courage to Excel through Self-Efficacy. NAPE. Gap, PA.

*Pollock, M. (2016). Explore STEM Careers, 2nd Edition. NAPE. Gap, PA.

*Brown, M., & Pollock, M. (2016). Realizing Potential with Mindset. NAPE. Gap, PA.

 

*Project Visionary and Manager, Subject Matter Expert, and Graphic Designer

Pollock, M. (2014). Multiple Case Study Analysis of Young Women’s Experiences in High School Engineering. PhD Engineering Education, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN. Advisor: Dr. Monica Cardella.

Pollock, M. (2007). Permeation & Diffusion of Moisture through the Window Bondline Adhesive for the Digital Micromirror Device. MS Electrical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.  Advisor: Dr. Richard Gale.

(in review) Bertoline, G., et al. (2024). The Engineering Mindset Report: A Vision for Change in Undergraduate Engineering and Engineering Technology Education. National Academy of Engineering. https://drmp.co/engrmindset

Pollock, M., et al. (2024). Head, Heart, Hands: A Rubric for Creating Inclusive STEM Learning Environments. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference.

Pollock, M., et al. (2024). Outsiders: Pathways and Perspectives from Engineering Education PhDs Outside Academia. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference.

Pollock, M., et al. (2024). Outsiders: Pathways and Perspectives from Engineering Education PhDs Outside Academia. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference.

Williams, R., Coley, B., et al. (2024) View from the Kaleidoscope: Conceptualizing antiracist priorities for engineering as a collective across vantages. Paper presented at the 2024 CONECD Conference.

Griffith, B., Specking, E., Asgarpoor, J., Adams, S., Pollock, M., Minerick, A.(2023). Improving Gender Equity in Engineering—Perspectives from Academia and Literature. Paper presented at the 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

Minkus, G., Pollock, M. (2023). Concrete Tools to Practice Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the STEM Classroom. Paper presented at the 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

Strong-Nasabal, S., et al. (2023). Developing and Creating Affective Knowledge Spaces for Teachers as Advocates for Social Justice. Paper presented at the 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

M. Pollock, L. Hebert, & E. Kirchgesner. “Empathy at the Heart of Design.” National Science Foundation STEM for All 2022 Showcase. https://videohall.com/p/2608 

Asgarpoor, J.S., Handley, M., Sarang-Sieminski, A.L., Slaughter, J.B., Pollock, M., Murzi, H. Cox, M.F. (2021). Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Our Classroom and Teaching. Paper presented at the 128th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference.

A. T. Simpson, L. Baber, L. Hebert, L. Rosu, M. Pollock, and L. Goddard, “Beyond Engineering: A Networked Improvement Community Combining STEM Equity and Access With Engineering Content Knowledge,” American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, paper 1687318 (Apr 2021).

A. T. Simpson, L. Hebert, L. Rosu, I. S. Ahmad, M. Pollock, and L. Goddard, “Action Research Revelations: The challenges and promises of implementing informal STEM experiences in K-12 school settings (Work in Progress, Diversity),” American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, doi: 10.18260/1-2–36642 (Jul 2021). https://peer.asee.org/36642

A. T. Simpson, L. Hebert, L. Rosu, M.C. Pollock, L. Goddard, and T. D. Henderson, “Going virtual: Reflections from research and school educators on navigating professional development and STEM club opportunities,” American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference (Jul 2021).
https://peer.asee.org/37231

Simpson, A., Rosu, L.M., Hebert, L., Ahmad, I., Pollock, M. & Goddard, L. (2021). Delivering Hands-On Experiences with STEM Technologies in Virtual Learning Environments: Professional Development for a Diverse Network of School Educators. In E. Langran & L. Archambault (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1328-1335). Online, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 30, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/219289/.

M. Pollock, L. Hebert, & E. Kirchgesner. “Catalyzing Inclusive STEM Experiences: Tune in for Equity.” National Science Foundation STEM for All 2021 Showcase. https://multiplex.videohall.com/p/1931

Simpson, A. T., Hebert, L., Rosu, L., Ahmad, I. S., Pollock, M., & Goddard, L. (2021). Delivering STEM for all professional development virtually. Poster will be presented in a session at the annual meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education in a virtual setting.

Simpson, A. T., Hebert, L., Rosu, L., Pollock, M., Trent, W., Baber, L., & Goddard, L. (2020). Impacting teacher and counselor practices as they support traditionally underrepresented students to pursue STEM majors and careers. Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education 2020.

Brinkman, B., Pollock, M., Jones, T., & Cardella, M. (2014).  Parents as Critical Influence: Insights from five different studies. Paper presented at the 121stAmerican Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

Pollock, Meagan (2013). Attracting Future Engineers: Best Practices from K-12 Counselor Professional Development, 2008-2012. Paper presented at WEPAN’s 24th National Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Pollock, Meagan (2013). Engineering Educators in Industry:  a Case Study of a Doctoral InternshipPaper presented at the 2013 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Pollock, Meagan (2013). Equipping an Army of Ambassadors: A Workshop Model for a STEM Career Speaker’s BureauPaper presented at the 2013 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Ross, Meagan (2012). K-12 Engineering Education Market Needs and Analysis for Texas Instruments Education Technology. A White Paper from a commissioned research study. Dallas, TX.

Ross, Meagan. (2012). PK-12 Counselors Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors related to Gender and STEM. Proceedings for the 119th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, Tx.

Ross, Meagan. (2011). Integrated STEM Education: Pairing Engineering is Elementary and Learning.com. A White Paper prepared for Learning.com. Portland, OR.

Wertz, R. and Ross, M. (2011) Assessing Engineering Students’ Information Literacy Skills: An Alpha Version of a Multiple-Choice Instrument. Proceedings for American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference. Vancouver, BC.

Ross, M. and M. Fosmire. (2011) Lifelong learning and information literacy skills and the first year engineering undergraduate:  Report of a self-assessment. Proceedings for American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference. Vancouver, BC.

Ross, M. (2011) Preparing Counselors to Advocate STEM Careers: A Professional Development model for K-12 Counselors. Proceedings for American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference. Vancouver, B.C.

Pollock, Meagan. (2008, 11/10/2008). Atomic Layer Deposition as a Moisture Barrier in Wafer Level Packaging of a MEMS Device. Paper presented at the TI MEMS Symposium, Dallas.

Notable Invited Talks

Since 2008, Meagan has taught tens of thousands of educators and professionals around the globe through workshops, invited talks, keynote addresses, and conference sessions. 

Here are some selected and notable invited talks and keynotes that indicate the diversity of organizations served:


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