Through her work at the DO-IT Center at the University of Washington, Brianna Blaser works to increase the participation of people with disabilities in science and engineering careers. She is the associate director for AccessComputing and AccessADVANCE. Her work includes direct interventions for individuals with disabilities and working with faculty, employers, and other stakeholders to create institutional change.
Previously, Brianna was Project Director of Outreach for AAAS & Science Careers where she promoted Science Careers resources though career and professional development workshops to undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career scientists. She regularly spoke to audiences about career development topics including: career options outside of research, job search skills, networking, advisor/advisee relationships, and work/life balance.
Brianna earned her PhD in Women’s Studies at the University of Washington in 2008. Her dissertation, More than Just Lab Partners: Women Scientists and Engineers Married to and Partnered with Other Scientists and Engineers, examined how women scientists’ relationships with other scientists affect both their professional and personal lives. While at the University of Washington, Brianna was a research assistant at the Center for Workforce Development where she organized professional development and mentoring activities.