Special Session – Women in Engineering Breakfast

Thursday, 20 October (7:00 AM – 8:00 AM)

Category: Special Session – Women in Engineering Breakfast

Title: Intersectionality, the “double bind” for women in engineering


“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” ~ Audre Lorde

IEEE OES Women in Engineering (WIE) are proud to host a special session breakfast at OCEANS Hampton Roads 2022. The Women in Engineering panel will feature 3 women communicating how their experiences have helped shape their careers and how difficulties (like intersectionality) & support (such as allyship) have influenced where they are today. This is an in-person event meaning that it is possible to attend the breakfast in person.

Intersectionality is defined by the Oxford dictionary as “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage”. Intersectionality is a framework for understanding oppression that enables us to overcome deep-seated inequity that starts early, with our young learners, and continues throughout our careers. In order to create more equitable opportunities, we need to adapt to a diversity of needs and preferences which will make STEM careers enjoyable for all.

Allyship is a strategic and necessary support mechanism individuals can use to promote equity in opportunities and career advancement through positive personal relationships and public acts of sponsorship and advocacy. Allies educate themselves, rather than burdening marginalized groups with additional emotional and cognitive labor. Allies recognize their privilege and deploy it for good, working to build a community of allies.

This ongoing series of panels is held at OCEANS to encourage networking, support, and mentorship of women in engineering, and provide an opportunity for women to see other women succeeding in their field and learn from their narratives. This breakfast panel is for those who identify as Women in Engineering and their supporters. We hope you will join us!




Allisa Dalpe

Dr. Allisa Dalpe is currently a Research Engineer in the Deep Submergence Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her PhD in Ocean Engineering in 2021. Dr. Dalpe received her B.A. in Physics from Connecticut College in 2016. She is also an alumna of Sea Education Association’s SEA semester program. Her dissertation work spanned the research areas of autonomous decision-making, mission planning, path-planning, and test and evaluation methods for autonomous systems. During this research she worked closely in collaboration with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center – Division Keyport.

Since beginning at WHOI, she has worked with deep-sea vehicles Nereid Under Ice (NUI), Sentry, and Alvin and has participated on cruises for each vehicle. In addition to at-sea operational support, she is involved with the development of robotics software and simulation tools for these vehicles. One area of specific work, and the topic that will be presented at OCEANS 2022, is remote operations, which involves transitioning at-sea work to shore to enable a new concept of operations for multi-vehicle distributed missions. She is also actively working on modeling and simulation of fiber optic tether for subsea applications.


Corinne Bassin

Corinne Bassin has worked in both the private and public sectors with experience across oceanography, scientific programming, software development, and data. She has a B.S. in Math/Applied Science from UC Los Angeles and an M.S. in Interdisciplinary Marine Science from UC Santa Barbara. Following graduate school, Corinne worked as an oceanographic researcher at the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory, clocking in many hours aboard research vessels on Puget Sound. She then went on to work as a data analyst and software engineer in the technology sector with a focus on temporal and spatial data. Before joining Schmidt Ocean Institute, Corinne was contracted to NOAA Fisheries as a developer on a variety of software and analytical tools for scientists. She led the NOAA Fisheries Integrated Toolbox, coordinating a national effort to centralize access to fisheries modeling software. She led a grassroots effort to adopt strategies to encourage open-source software development across NOAA Fisheries.

Corinne has a special interest in developing and designing data visualizations that combine scientific integrity with beautiful user experiences. She enjoys exploring ways to create engaging and informative data stories, especially those centered on earth observation data. As Data Platform Manager, she will work to increase the availability and accessibility of Schmidt Ocean Institute’s data.


Yahong Rosa Zheng

Yahong Rosa Zheng received the Ph.D. degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, ONT, Canada, in 2002. She worked in industry for seven years and worked in companies in China, Australia, and Canada. She was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow for two years with the University of Missouri-Columbia. Then, she was on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology for 13 years. She joined Lehigh University in Aug. 2018 as a professor in the ECE department. Her research interests include underwater and underground IoT, wireless communications, wireless sensor networks, compressive sensing, machine learning and robotics. She has served as a Technical Program Committee (TPC) member for many IEEE international conferences and Associate Editor for three IEEE journals. She is currently a senior editor for IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine and an Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. She is the recipient of an NSF faculty CAREER award in 2009. She has been an IEEE fellow and a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society since 2015.


Thursday, 20 October 2022
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Location TBD