Dr. Sharnnia Artis is an educator, researcher, and author with a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Artis was the Education and Outreach Director for the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She was also a postdoctoral researcher for the Engineering Education Innovation Center at The Ohio State University and a human factors engineer in industry. At the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Artis is the Assistant Dean of Access and Inclusion for the Samueli School of Engineering and Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. She has over 20 years of experience working with STEM education and outreach programs and leads undergraduate and graduate academic and support programs to help students from underrepresented groups in computing and engineering.
Dr. Artis’ expertise is in student recruitment and retention in STEM. She uses socio-technical systems to improve STEM educational experiences for underrepresented populations. Dr. Artis’ research interests include exploring the resiliency of underrepresented populations and designing learning environments to increase the representation of students that share her background – students of color, women, students with disabilities, and students from low-income families or are first in their family to go to college. Through passion and dedication, her work has led to 45 books and publications and over $12M in gifts, grants, and awards for research and programs to increase broadening participation efforts in STEM.