About WEP

Enrollment at the Cockrell School includes 28 percent women at the undergraduate level (20 percent of the undergraduate women are from underrepresented ethnic groups) and 22 percent women at the graduate level. Women earned 25 percent of undergraduate engineering degrees last year. Additional statistics are available on enrollment by classification and major.

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The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) is a college student service for all engineering women, creating a network of engineering peers and professionals by providing academic, career and leadership opportunities.

Established in 1991, WEP strives to:

  • recruit and retain female engineering students,
  • increase the percentage of female engineering graduates, and
  • provide a supportive structure that encourages the success of women in the Cockrell School of Engineering.

The concept of WEP was originally proposed by women on the engineering faculty and enthusiastically received and supported by the Dean. WEP now is a college-wide effort with a full-time director, a recruitment program coordinator, a retention program coordinator, an administrative associate and faculty advisors, in addition to student staff and volunteers. Each year, WEP initiatives reach more than 1,800 currently enrolled students and over 8,000 future students.

Women account for approximately 28 percent of the current Cockrell School student body (WEP Statistics). WEP programs focus on STEM education, pre-college outreach and recruitment, academic enrichment and retention, community building, leadership enhancement and career development (WEP Initiatives).


WEP connects students, educators and professionals to the world of engineering through recruitment initiatives, supportive structures and educational services to promote the success and advancement of women in engineering.


For the enrollment of women in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin to match the population in the state of Texas—50 percent women.

Contact our staff

Phone: 512-471-5650
E-mail: wep@engr.utexas.edu

Office Location: EER 2.608

Mailing Address:
Women in Engineering Program
The University of Texas at Austin
2501 Speedway, EER 2.608 (A9500)
Austin, TX 78712

Shipping Address (FedEx/UPS):
The University of Texas at Austin
Cockrell School of Engineering, WEP
2501 Speedway, EER 2.608 
Austin, TX 78712



WEP has a four person, full-time staff, one half-time Administrative Associate. WEP also has a part-time staff of student office assisants, as well as support from faculty, alumni and industry volunteers.

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L-R: Ana Dison, Gina Higby, Tricia Berry

Tricia Berry

Named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector, Tricia Berry leads efforts to recruit and graduate women in the Cockrell School of Engineering as Director of the Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She concurrently serves as Collaborative Lead for the Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP), leading the dissemination of STEM best practices and informal curriculum across Texas in coordination with the National Girls Collaborative Project. Through both roles, she connects and supports organizations and individuals working to advance gender equity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields across Texas and beyond.

Berry is also Co-Founder and Executive Vice President for 825 Basics and the co-author of You Can’t Eat Your Degree: Combine Your Passions and Philosophies to Create the Story of Your Future and Exceeds Expectations: Take Control of Your Performance Review. Previously, Berry worked as a Process Engineer and a Product Development Engineer at The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas. Berry received her BS Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin in May 1993 and her MBA from the University of Houston – Clear Lake in May 1999.  Berry is a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Life Member and a member and Past President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN).

In addtion to the STEMconnector recognition, Berry has been recognized for her efforts in gender equity and STEM with the 2011 SXSW Interactive Dew Winburne Community Service Award, 2014 Girl Scouts of Central Texas Women of Distinction Award, 2014 WEPAN Founders Award and 2014 Skillpoint Alliance Unlocking the Potential Award.

Contact Tricia: triciaberry@utexas.edu

Ana Dison
Assistant Director

Ana Dison is the Assistant Director in the Women in Engineering Program and coordinates all current student programming including the First Year Initiative, Kinsolving Learning Community, Leadership Seminar, Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering (GLUE) research program, the Peer Assistance Leader (PAL) program and the Women In the Second year of Engineering (WISE) program. She typically teaches 3-4 classes a semester and is currently teaching in the newly created Ramshorn Scholars Program, the WEP Leadership Seminar and the GLUE undergraduate research seminar. Ana supervises full and part-time staff and oversees the business and personnel operations of the office. She has been with the WEP Office since 2006.

Ana earned her bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992 in Kinesiology and a master's degree in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University in 1994. After working for two years at the University of Maryland in Recreation Services, Ana returned to the University in 1996 and was Assistant Director in the Division of Recreational Sports, coordinating Membership Services and Satellite Facilities as well as overseeing a very large part-time student staff.

After joining the Cockrell School in 2000, Ana served as an Academic Advising Coordinator in the Engineering Student Services office, advising thousands of students and coordinating a wide variety of student programs. Additionally, she served as the degree evaluator for the Cockrell School for four years. Ana has served on numerous committees across campus, has been President of the Academic Counselor's Association and served for three years in the inaugural group of the UT Staff Council. Ana co-chaired the Provost's Council on Student Advocacy for three years and is currently serving as President of the Academic Counselors Association. She continues to be active in service to the UT community working with peer and professional mentoring programs. She has presented to numerous groups on a variety of leadership and career focused topics.

A member of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) since 2006, Ana completed a two year appointment to the WEPAN Board of Directors as Communications Director in July, 2015 but continues to serve WEPAN as Communication Director.

Ana received the Cockrell School of Engineering Staff Excellence Award and the Eyes of Texas Award in 2011 and the University's Outstanding Staff Award in 2012. After serving 20 years as a high school volleyball official in the central Texas area, Ana retired from the Texas Association of Sports Officials in 2011. Since 2003, Ana has been designing and creating custom jewelry and loves to golf in her spare time.

Contact Ana: anadison@utexas.edu

Gina Higby
Outreach & STEM Education Senior Program Coordinator

Gina Higby is the K-12 Outreach and STEM Education Senior Program Coordinator for the Women in Engineering Program. She works with high school recruitment and on-campus outreach programs including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Women Engineers at UT (WEatUT), and WEP Engineering Ambassadors. Gina earned a BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011 and is currently pursuing her MBA at Texas State University. She has worked previously as an academic advisor in Computer Science at UT and in International Admissions at UTSA before joining WEP in 2013.

Gina is the Communications Lead for the Texas Girls Collaborative Project, managing statewide efforts as part of the National Girls Collaborative Project to connect individuals, organizations, companies and government entities working to interest more girls in STEM fields. She travels nationally to present to STEM educators about best practices for messaging and outreach to K-12 students in STEM education.

Gina received the Cockrell School of Engineering Staff Excellence Award and the University's Outstanding Staff Award in 2016.

Contact Gina: gina.higby@utexas.edu

Amy Beebe
Student Program Coordinator

Amy Beebe is the Student Program Coordinator for the Women in Engineering Program and works with current student programming. She assists with the recruitment, training and management of WEP’s PALs – the volunteer Peer Assistance Leaders.  She also assists with the management of the WEP Leadership Collaborative organizations. Amy earned her BA in Psychology from The University of Texas at Tyler. She has worked previously as an event coordinator for College of Natural Sciences Honors & Student Life at UT before joining WEP in December of 2017.

Amy has been an active member of the Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association at UT since 2015. She is also currently an Advising Program Mentor for Con Mi Madre – a non-profit organization that not only works towards helping young Latinas graduate high school, but to be prepared for Post-Secondary education. Amy enjoys spending time with her dog, Jenny and trying new restaurants across Austin. 

Contact Amy: abeebe@austin.utexas.edu

Susan Stanford
Administrative Associate

Susan processes accounting documents, voucher payments, travel and various other business functions for WEP. She also works part-time for the Equal Opportunity in Engineering Office. Susan attended UT and worked as an Advisor in the Civil Engineering department for several years. Her favorite color is purple and she loves queso!

Contact Susan: Susan.Stanford@austin.utexas.edu


Both WEP and SWE are here to provide opportunities and support for engineering women.

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Contact our staff

Phone: 512-471-5650
E-mail: wep@engr.utexas.edu

Office Location: BWY 109

Mailing Address:
Women in Engineering Program
The University of Texas at Austin
2616 Wichita Street, BWY 109 (Stop A9500)
Austin, TX 78712

Shipping Address (FedEx/UPS):
The University of Texas at Austin
Cockrell School of Engineering, WEP
2616 Wichita Street, BWY 109
Austin, TX 78712

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