U I C WISEST - Women in Science and Engineering System Transformation



Mo-Yin S. Tam
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs; Professor of Economics

Fields of Interest: Women Representation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Diversity, Economics of Education, Income Distribution and Welfare Implications.

Current Research Interests:
Diversity and Student Performance
Digital Divide, IT Workforce and High School Quality
University Admission: Selection Index and High School Quality

Mo-Yin Tam


Mitra Dutta
Head of Electrical & Computer Engineeering
Distinguished Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering 

Professor Dutta's research interests are in the areas of: optoelectronics devices and novel quantum and nanoscale devices, optical characterization of optoelectronic devices and structures, wide band gap structures and devices, bio-optoelectronics.

Mitra Dutta

Dr. Astrida Orle Tantillo
Interim Dean College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor of Germanic Studies and History

Astrida Orle Tantillo currently serves as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She has been a professor of Germanic studies and history for 15 years and is currently on leave from her position as the director of the College's new School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics, where she oversaw six academic departments and the Sandi Port Errant Language and Culture Learning Center. Dean Tantillo is also an internationally renowned Goethe scholar and president of the Goethe Society of North America. She has been celebrated for her teaching with awards from UIC and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and has been recognized for her research with fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Weimar Classics Foundation, the UIC Institute for the Humanities and the Bradley Foundation.

Dr. Astrida Orle Tantillo

Peter C. Nelson
Dean of Engineering
Professor of Computer Science


Peter Nelson

Brooke E. Shipley
Professor of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science





Mrinalini C. Rao, Vice-President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Physiology and Biophysic



Claudia Morrissey , Clinical Associate Professor; Health Policy and Administration

Cynthia Jameson , Professor Emeritus; Department of Chemistry 

Prithviraj Banerjee

Christopher Comer

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Women in Science and Engineering System Transformation (WISEST)

The goal of the WISEST Initiative is to increase the number, participation, and leadership status of women — majority and minority — in academic science and engineering through institutional transformation at UIC.