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Institute leaders

Stefanie Ruel
Stefanie Ruel, BSc, MBA, DBA, was awarded the Academy of Management Critical Management Studies Division’s 2018 Best Dissertation Award for her work entitled Multiplicity of ‘I’s’: Women’s exclusion from STEM management in the Canadian space industry. Dr. Ruel was, until recently, a Senior Mission Manager in Life Sciences at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), leading more than ten life sciences missions into space. Dr. Ruel is currently an Assistant Professor at Concordia University, John Molson School of Business, Faculty of Management. Her research agenda includes a critical examination of gender and diversity in STEM contexts. Her forthcoming book, STEM-professional women’s exclusion in the Canadian space industry: Anchor points and intersectionality at the margins of space, will be released in 2019.

Tanja Tajmel
Tanja Tajmel is Associate Professor at the Centre for Engineering and Society at Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. She received a PhD in Physics Education from Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany. Her research focusses on investigating and reducing intersectional barriers, “othering” and discrimination in the field of STEM education. Dr. Tajmel promotes the idea that STEM education is a human right, and everybody has the right to participate in and benefit from STEM. Thus, STEM must provide an inclusive environment to be accessible to everybody. Currently, Dr. Tajmel is leading the “Try Concordia” mentorship program for female CÉGEP students and is representative of Gina Cody School at the 30-by-30 initiative of Engineers Canada.
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