Oregon State University
Andrea Haverkamp currently serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Liaison for the GradSWE community. Working with a team of committed graduate students, she works to bring more content and trainings highlighting the underrepresented minorities within the GradSWE community, such as the LGBTQ+ community. These projects aim to educate the entire organization, and create a sense of belonging across all participants. Current work includes reaching out to SWE Affinity Groups and their leadership to build connections, forming a diverse D&I team, and developing a monthly virtual GradSWE D&I reading group. She was a member of SWE during her undergraduate program at the University of Kansas and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace. At Oregon State University, she is a part of the student-led effort Grads 4 Social Justice advocating for difference, power, and discrimination educational coursework to be a part of every students program of study within engineering.
Thesis Topic: Invisiblized Gender Experiences in Engineering Education
Engineering is a highly gendered field. A lot has been written and studied regarding gender dynamics between men and women in the profession. However, almost all research on gender in engineering relies on antiquated binary categories of men and women which groups people into two universal experiences. Intersectional feminist theory and modern gender theory break apart the notion that bodies and their experiences neatly fit into two gender categories, or that these categories are fixed and cisgender. Andrea’s dissertation research seeks to address this by exploring what has not been explored. Andrea seeks to lift up and highlight the stories, experiences, and support structures of transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) undergraduate students in engineering education through phenomenological and feminist research methods.Through multiple phases, she and her research team will collaborate with undergraduate TGNC engineering students to find themes of support, resiliency, and community. Since students are the foremost experts on their own lived experiences, the students are in a central role in the research process and analysis at every phase. The research products will inform our understanding of gender dynamics in engineering education and identify gaps in institutional support structures for this student population. Andrea is motivated to do this research out of a strong commitment to social justice and a liberatory future for all LGBTQ+ people.
Andrea plans to become an engineering teacher and to teach environmental engineering courses, such as water/wastewater treatment, alongside topics of engineering ethics, social justice, and peace studies. She wants to create classroom spaces that are equitable and where we can critically engage in our role as engineers in a morally complex world. Through her research, Andrea aims to help push our engineering community towards a daily practice of social justice.
Outside of work, Andrea’s life mostly revolves around her dog Spaghetti, who is a 2 year old pug-chihuahua mix. She also goes to a lot of concerts and is a DJ on the local college radio station. Andrea used to play a lot of music on the banjo, electric guitar, trumpet, and through singing, and that’s a hobby she keeps close to her.
Fun Fact about Andrea: Andrea grew up raising cattle and pigs in rural Kansas, and her first pig was named Floppy!