Michelle Rogers Completes Prestigious National STEM Faculty Leadership Program

Michelle Rogers receiving graduation award at 2022 ELATES Leaders Forum
Michelle Rogers (third from left) receiving an award at the 2022 ELATES Leaders Forum graduation ceremony on March 17.

Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) congratulates Associate Professor and Director of the Women in Tech Initiative Michelle Rogers, PhD on the completion of her fellowship in the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) at Drexel® program.

Photo of Michelle RogersRogers was recognized at a March 17 graduation ceremony during the 2022 ELATES Leaders Forum along with 46 women faculty from over 35 different institutions across the U.S. and Canada.

ELATES is a national leadership development program designed to promote senior women faculty, and faculty allies of all genders, in leadership for academic engineering, computer science, and other STEM fields into effective institutional leadership roles within their schools and universities with a demonstrated commitment to increasing the representation of women in STEM.

ELATES fellows attend the program on a part-time basis over the course of a year. The program focuses on increasing personal and professional leadership effectiveness, leading and managing change initiatives within institutions, using strategic finance and resource management to enhance organizational missions, and creating a network of exceptional women who bring organizational perspectives and deep personal capacity to the institutions and society they serve.

Rogers' research and teaching interests include investigating the usability and utility of patient portals and electronic medical records. For more than 15 years, she has used human factors engineering methods and socio-technical systems theory to study the impact of health information technology (HIT) on clinical workflow and usability of technology with and by medically underserved populations.

Internationally, she has partnered with clinicians from Drexel’s College of Medicine and the Makarere University Medical School to understand how HIT is used, designed and supported among Ugandan doctors, nurses and midwives. Most recently, she collaborated with faculty from industrial design, dance and education on the Black Girls STEAMing through Dance (BGSD) program, which engages African American girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math-related (STEAM) activities. This work is funded by the West Philly Promise Neighborhood.

Rogers' professional experiences include time as a research scientist for the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Getting at Patient Safety (GAPS) Center. Rogers is currently on leave from Drexel to serve in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate.

Rogers is a 2002 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a PhD in industrial engineering, concentrating in socio-technical systems and human factors and ergonomics.  An alumna of Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology (electrical engineering), she was a participant in the dual degree engineering program in the Atlanta University Center.

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