Zhang selected to 2017-2018 ELATE at Drexel fellowship

Nathan Healy

Mar 7, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University Mechanical Engineering Professor Yongjie Jessica Zhang has been accepted to participate in the 2017-2018 Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE at Drexel) Program.

ELATE at Drexel is an intensive full-year, part-time fellowship designed to advance senior women faculty in leadership roles. The program focuses specifically on engineering, computer science, and other STEM-related disciplines.

Jessica Zhang headshot

Source: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Zhang joined Carnegie Mellon University in 2007.

Through education, coaching, and support, fellows are given the opportunity to expand the vision of their role within their university while simultaneously enhancing their leadership qualities and network of resources.

Throughout the course of the program, Dr. Zhang will focus on strengthening her skills in resource management, leadership effectiveness, and organizational dynamics.

This is exactly what I am looking for, a great opportunity especially for senior women faculty.

Yongjie Jessica Zhang, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

“Management and leadership skills are very important…in running a research lab, serving on various committees, and so on, but I never got a chance to systematically learn them,” she says. “This is exactly what I am looking for, a great opportunity especially for senior women faculty.”

Beginning in May, ELATE at Drexel will utilize group and independent projects as well as three on-site sessions to be held in the Philadelphia area at various intervals throughout the year.

“I am very excited to be accepted to such a prestigious program,” Dr. Zhang says.