Kathleen Buse

Kathleen Buse: A Purposeful Woman in STEM

I had the opportunity to interview Kathleen Buse recently and learn more about her take on why women leave or stay in the STEM fields.  Kathleen is a faculty member at CWRU & Co-Creator of the Leadership Lab for Women in STEM at CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management. The Leadership Lab Program for Women in STEM begins today, March 27, 2014. Click here for a listing of the schedules for this three-weekend program.

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The Leadership Lab for Women in STEM provides professional and leadership development for women in technology-driven, male-dominated professions. This immersive experience—intended for women at all stages in their careers—goes beyond what other leadership development programs.

Kathleen Buse, PhD started at the Eastman Kodak Company as an engineer, Kathleen has worked in various technical and management roles for more than 25 years. As an engineer she has developed new products, designed new systems, and led continuous improvement of products and processes. She has managed engineering, operations, IT, plant and facilities maintenance, product development and quality functions. Areas of technical expertise include manufacturing and associated engineered processes such as new product development and technology transfer, systems design, applied automation and controls, information systems, quality systems, and process safety management. 

Kathleen obtained her PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Her research has been framed by her practical experience in technology-driven and male-dominated organizations. The research has focused on women who persist in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions and includes leadership development, women in leadership, women’s careers and especially women in engineering and other STEM careers. 

Her unique research focuses on understanding the complex factors involved with retaining women in engineering and other STEM careers. Her work has won awards and has been presented at the Research ShowCASE in Cleveland Ohio, the Academy of Management Annual Meetings and at the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference for Women Engineers. 

Previously Kathleen earned her BS in Chemical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester NY. 

Today Kathleen works at Case Western Reserve University where she is on the faculty for the Leadership Lab for Women in STEM. Additionally Kathleen is an adjunct professor in both the Weatherhead School of Management and the Institute for Management and Engineering. She teaches classes on product design, materials and manufacturing, marketing and research practices. Kathleen also works as a management consultant and career coach specifically targeting women in leadership and STEM careers.