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Winchester Lectures at Gonzaga University on Addressing Racial Biases in Design and Engineering of Technology

Woodrow Winchester

Woodrow Winchester

On March 26, the newest faculty member in our Mechanical Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, Dr. Woodrow W. Winchester III, lectured at Gonzaga University on “Afrofuturism as a Design Lens for Inclusive Technological Innovation” during the Gonzaga Student Body Association’s Intersectionality Week. A press release issued by Gonzaga reported that Winchester talked about how to address racial biases in the design and engineering of technological products and systems such as soap dispensers that only recognize pale hands, facial recognition sensors that can’t see dark faces, or health-tech gadgets that won’t sense a pulse through black skin.

Apex Lab

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Four College of Engineering Seniors Being Honored at Commencement and Senior Recognition Day

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Four outstanding College of Engineering undergraduates from two different departments are being honored with assorted awards at Commencement on May 10 and the College of Engineering Senior Recognition Celebration on May 11. Awardees from our college include three 21st Century Leaders and one Welch Scholar. The college also has one junior designated for the prestigious Goldwater Scholar.

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