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Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

Tuesday 5 March 2024
11:00 – 14:00
Online (via Zoom)

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Thank you for joining us for a knowledge sharing session focussed on examples of best practice projects, initiatives and work dedicated to increasing Higher Education participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths by underrepresented groups.

This session was hosted by Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science 

Host: Professor Ami Agrawal, Head – Center of Open & Digital Education, Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science


Dr. S.N. Sridhara, Vice Chancellor, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, India

Bio: Dr. S.N. Sridhara, is an academician with an in-depth knowledge and profound skills set in teaching pedagogy, research, education and administration. Dr. Sridhara obtained his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University and Masters and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He has been a pioneer in teaching and research with focus on thermal engineering, hybrid electric vehicle, aerospace propulsion, aeromodelling, green energy and experimental and computational fluid dynamics. He has a profound interest in research and has guided several scholars and published more than 150 research articles in peer reviewed journals and international conferences of repute. He has also authored text books for engineering students. He received research grants and successfully completed the research and consultancy projects of industries. Dr. Sridhara was awarded with several honours from various agencies.

Dr. Aroonsri Nuchitprasittichai, Head of the Office of Global Engagement, Institute of Engineering, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand

Title: SUT Promotes Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

Bio: Dr. Aroonsri Nuchitprasittichai received her Bachelor’s degree in Petrochemical Technology from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang. She further pursued her academic journey in the United States, earning both her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Chemical Engineering from The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. With a passion for research, Dr. Aroonsri’s interests lie in the fields of Process Simulation-based Optimization, Development of Design of Experiment methodologies, and CO2 Capture and Utilization technologies. Currently, Dr. Aroonsri serves as the Head of the Office of Global Engagement at the Institute of Engineering, Suranaree University of Technology. Alongside her administrative role, she also contributes as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, bringing her expertise and knowledge to the classroom while nurturing the next generation of engineers.

Dr. Anushree Dwivedi, Lecturer- Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Atlantic Technological University, Ireland

Title: STEM Reimagined: Empowering Women, Overcoming Obstacles

Bio: Dr. Anushree Dwivedi is a highly accomplished Scientist and Engineer currently serving as a Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at ATU Galway. With a diverse educational background and extensive experience in academia, industry and research, she has made significant contributions to the fields of Biomedical Engineering, Stroke Research, and Cancer Metastasis. Dr. Dwivedi received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Limerick before earning her Ph.D. in Breast Cancer Bone Metastasis and the development of bioactive scaffolds using germanium nanowires. She went on to gain valuable industry experience by working at Johnson & Johnson in the Neurovascular discipline, where she focused on understanding ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. Anushree, a strong advocate for women in STEM, has worked diligently to empower and encourage females in STEM. She has organized school workshops and established a university program in Galway, collaborating with industry to provide scholarships and mentorship, creating a support system for female students.

Mr Seyed Reza Moosavi Jafarii, Lecturer, Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts, Thaksin University, Thailand

Title: The Influence of Cultural Dimensions on Students’ Learning and Participation in STEM field subjects and workshops

The students in some cases may not relate the given lessons and find it incoherent with their daily life experience therefore face difficulties to cope and learn the subject at theory and/or practice level. Understanding the cultural dimension factors statistics of each country, regional location and their society based on Hofsted cultural dimensions theory might indeed be an effective help toward a reliable teaching method and curricular foster vision. The speaker would present the statistics of cultural dimensions in Thailand and neighbouring countries. The implementation of the mentioned factors in the STEM education field as an effective motivation and encouragement factors both for teacher and students.

Bio: Reza Moosavi is a researcher & lecturer at Thaksin University in South Thailand. His major is environmental graphic design, wayfinding and signage systems in built environments. Some of his previous research and publications are about Pedestrians’ Navigation in Int. Airports and adaptation of national cultural dimensions influence in environmental design. He is a member of American Society of Experiential Graphic Design since 2014 and associate in some projects with organizations such as Intel company, Georgetown Festival,  Penang Island municipality, Think City and Georgetown Heritage Site Recognized by UNESCO.

James Machell, STEM Curriculum Development Manager, Office of the Vice Chancellor, University of Bradford


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