The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce Dr. Margaret Bailey, professor of mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the senior faculty associate to the Provost for AdvanceRIT, will serve as the keynote speaker during the School’s 27th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 28, at the DeLoach Center in Hartsville at 11 a.m.
“I’m honored to address the graduating seniors of one of our country’s leading STEM high schools. GSSM has provided these women and men with an unmatched advanced academic preparation for college and beyond,” said Bailey. “I look forward to providing inspiration and encouragement to this impressive group of emerging leaders.”
At RIT, Bailey teaches courses and conducts research related to thermodynamics, engineering and public policy, engineering education, and gender in engineering and science. She is the co-author on an engineering textbook, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, which is used worldwide in over 250 institutions.
Bailey is engaged in research related to gender within engineering and science through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Pathways Project. In her past and current positions, Bailey has led efforts focused on increasing the representation of women faculty and students at RIT. In support of her leadership roles at RIT, Bailey was an ELATE Fellow from 2012-2013 and is now on the program’s advisory staff.
Since 2012, Bailey has been principal investigator of AdvanceRIT, the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation project. This large-scale, multi-year university-level organizational transformation effort with a goal of increasing the representation and advancement of women STEM faculty by removing barriers to resources that support career success and creating new interventions and resources.
At the university level, Bailey co-chairs the President’s Commission on Women. She is also the Founding Executive Director for the nationally recognized women in engineering program called WE@RIT.