Award: Fulbright TechImpact Irish Scholar Award
University: Dundalk Institute of Technology
Dr Caroline Sheedy is a lecturer in Computing Science and Mathematics in Dundalk Institute of Technology. Her research focus aims to measure, address, and provide new insights towards ameliorating the gender imbalance in technical fields and the resulting impact of technology’s footprint on society. As a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar, Dr Sheedy will visit the Department of Statistics at University of California, Berkeley, to capture and analyse data on the daily experiences of both students and staff working in technological degree programmes. Upon returning to Ireland, she will continue working towards identifying the position of third level institutions in engendering an understanding of the societal responsibility of those they are educating to work in technical fields with respect to equality, diversity and inclusion.