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 Dr. K. D. Joshi


 Dr. Lynette Kvasny


 Dr. Eileen M. Trauth


K. D. Joshi is Philip L. Kays Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at Washington State University. She received her Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan and received her Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Decision Sciences and Information Systems) from the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Joshi’s research interests focus on Knowledge Management, Business Intelligence, Social and Mobile Computing, Commercialization of Innovation, and STEM workforce issues.  Her published research is cited over 2,800 times (Google Scholar Profile).  Her interest in STEM career choices stems from her interdisciplinary educational background in Information Technology, Engineering, and Math. She has researched and published in the area of STEM career choices for twelve years.  She has received multiple research grants worth $1.93M from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that focus on broadening the participation and representation of women and minorities in STEM disciplines.  She was also a Co Principle Investigator on the Institutional Transformation Grant worth $3.75M which Washington State University received from NSF to advance women in STEM disciplines.  Dr. Joshi has won multiple teaching innovation grants, and has taught at Graduate and Undergraduate levels on topics including IT Strategy, Business Intelligence, Web Application Development, and Object Oriented Programming. Her Engineering and Business educational backgrounds allow her to design and deliver technology related courses which have a unique blend of both technical and managerial focus.


Dr. Kvasny is an internationally recognized expert in research that examines the ways in which racial, gender, and class identities shape historically underserved groups’ engagement with information and communication technologies (ICT). She has designed, implemented and assessed community computing projects with small businesses and faith-based institutions in economically challenged neighborhoods in Atlanta, West Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA. Kvasny has also collaborated on a multi-university study that examines the impact of gender stereotyping on undergraduate students’ perceptions about ICT-related skills and careers. Her current research focuses on the design of a culturally compelling social networking approach to HIV/AIDS prevention for African American female college students, and a critical interpretive study that profiles the career pathways of African American men enrolled in ICT-related majors at majority and historically black colleges and universities. She received funding from KPMG PhD Project, the Oracle Help Us Help Foundation, the Pennsylvania State University Africana Research Center, and the National Science Foundation (including the prestigious NSF CAREER Award) to support all of these research projects.

Prior to her academic career, Kvasny worked at AT&T and Lucent Technologies developing network engineering software. She also worked at Avaya Communications managing call center solutions for external clients including CNN, Prudential Insurance and McGraw-Hill Publishing.


Dr. Eileen M. Trauth is Professor of Information Sciences & Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Trauth’s research is concerned with societal, cultural and organizational influences on information technology and the information technology professions with a special focus on gender diversity and social inclusion. She is particularly interested in the linkages among diversity, social inclusion and economic development.

Dr. Trauth has lectured about and investigated issues of gender under representation in the information technology professions in Austria, Australia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the United States. She has conducted over 200 life history interviews with women working in the information technology field where she has collected stories of barriers and support. Her current work is focused on the intersectionality of gender and other identity characteristics such as race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, sexuality, nationality and disability status. Dr. Trauth has written extensively on the topic of gender diversity and social inclusion. She is editor of the Encyclopedia of Gender and Information Technology and two conference proceedings on the topic of diversity and social inclusion. During 2008 she held the Universität Klagenfurt (Austria) – Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Gender Studies, and is currently serving on the scientific advisory board for Female Empowerment in Science & Technology Academia (FESTA), a European Union, Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. With funding from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Trauth has written a play, iDream (iDreamThePlay.com), based on her interviews with women IT professionals, as a way to increase awareness about gender barriers in the scientific and technological professions.

Trauth was also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar award to investigate socio-cultural influences on the emergence of Ireland's information economy. She has lectured about and analyzed cultural, economic, infrastructure and public policy influences on the development of the information technology sectors in Canada, The Netherlands, Egypt, France, Romania and various locations in the United States.

Her research has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Australian Research Council and Science Foundation Ireland. She is currently co-editor-in-chief of Information Systems Journal, and has published 9 books and over 150 scholarly papers on her work on gender and social inclusion, the information economy, qualitative research methods, critical theory, global informatics, information policy, information management, telecommunications policy and information systems skills.