Yvette E. Pearson, the associate dean for accreditation, assessment and strategic initiatives in the George R. Brown School of Engineering, has received the 2019 Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity and Inclusion from ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).
The citation to Pearson’s award reads: “For advancing engineering to ensure equitable opportunities for systematically marginalized groups, especially women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities, through education and advocacy.”
Since 2013, Pearson has been a program evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), chairs its Formal Engineering Education Committee and serves as vice chair of its Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She was a member of the team that authored what is now Canon 8 of ASCE’s Code of Ethics, focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Pearson earned her Ph.D. in engineering and applied science (environmental engineering) from the University of New Orleans in 2000, and joined the dean’s office at Rice in 2016. Before that she served as associate chair of civil engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, and as program director for the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation.
The Felbinger Award, which carries a $10,000 cash prize, will be formally presented in Baltimore on Nov. 1.
ABET is the lead organization that accredits college and university programs in applied and natural sciences, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. It accredits 4,005 programs at 793 colleges and universities in 32 countries.