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Dr. Gabriela A. González from Intel Corporation to speak at UW ECE Graduation

May 28, 2023

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UW ECE is proud to announce alumna Dr. Gabriela A. González (BSEE ‘92) as honored guest speaker for the Department’s 2023 graduation ceremony.

The University of Washington Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering is proud to announce UW ECE alumna Dr. Gabriela A. González (BSEE ‘92) as honored guest speaker for the Department’s 2023 graduation ceremony. Dr. González is director of Intel Corporation’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Research Office. She also is a leading advocate dedicated to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering education across the nation and around the world. This year’s graduation ceremony will take place in the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on Wednesday, June 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will be presided over by UW ECE Professor and Chair Eric Klavins.

“We are very excited to have Gaby as our guest speaker for graduation,” Klavins said. “She is a leading executive at Intel, a valuable member of our UW ECE Advisory Board, and her tireless work over decades expanding STEM education quality and access for those from underrepresented groups is well known. Gaby is a truly outstanding UW ECE alum who demonstrates by example the kind of positive social impact an engineering career can have.”

Dr. González’ distinguished career at Intel has spanned over 20 years. In her current role, she oversees global STEM education research, policy, governance, initiatives and thought leadership across the enterprise. Dr. González engages and collaborates with multiple stakeholders across Intel, as well as external partners and collaborators in academia, government, industry, and non-profit agencies to drive and influence inclusive and equitable STEM education outcomes. Prior to this role, she was the deputy director and operations manager of the Intel Foundation, where she led global strategies for STEM outreach and engagement for K–12 students, with particular emphasis on women and girls in STEM.

Earlier in her career, Dr. González served as a program manager for Intel Labs, leading Intel’s strategic corporate relationships and academic programs with top American, European and Latin American research universities. She has held several engineering roles during her time at Intel, including the transfer of the latest microprocessor technologies from development to high-volume manufacturing and management of equipment capacity, labor, and operational productivity. Dr. González began her professional career at Xerox Corporation, where she held various manufacturing, engineering, and management leadership positions.

Dr. González is the former chair of the National Science Foundation STEM Education Advisory Panel, where she served from 2018 to 2022. She currently is on the board of directors for Project Lead the Way and the National Girls Collaborative Project. She is an active member of several professional, social, and cultural communities as a leader and role model, driving impact for underrepresented students and professionals in STEM around the globe. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from UW ECE, she holds a master’s degree in engineering and manufacturing management from Clarkson University, and a doctoral degree in human and social dimensions of science and technology from Arizona State University.