Allison Okamura

Event Information

Date & Time
February 1, 2018 -
11:45am to 1:00pm
Clayman Institute
589 Capistrano Way Serra House
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Faculty Research Fellows Lunch with Allison Okamura


Allison Okamura: "Women’s participation and leadership in robotics."

As in many STEM fields, women are underrepresented in the interdisciplinary field of robotics. I will discuss recent analysis performed to reveal the current state of gender diversity in the field, both for participants (society membership, conference attendees, authors of research publications, etc.) and leaders (conference chairs, editorial board members, etc.), nationally and internationally. I will hypothesize reasons for underrepresentation that are particular to the field of robotics and seek suggestions for approaches to improve the situation.

Allison Okamura is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Computer Science.


  • Allison M. Okamura
    • Professor of Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Computer Science
    • Clayman Institute Faculty Voice and Influence Fellow, 2012-2013
    • Faculty Advisory Committee, Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership
    • Faculty Reaserch Fellow, 2017-18
    Allison M. Okamura received the BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994, and the MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University in 1996 and 2000, respectively, all in mechanical engineering. She is Professor of Mechanical Engineering department and, by courtesy, of Computer Science. She was previously Professor and Vice Chair of mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She has been an ...