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Dr. Alejandra Pérez-Bonilla was born in Arica Chile in 1975 and she has been living almost 11 years in Barcelona. From July of 2013 she is an associate professor in Technology Faculty at the University of Santiago of Chile. Currently she is developing research on gender and the relationship of this with the technology, innovation and education. She holds a Ph.D. in Technical and Computer Applications of Statistics, Operational Research and Optimization from Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Also, she holds an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and a Civil Industrial Engineering Degree, both from University of Santiago of Chile and Engineer in Industrial Organization from Ministry of Education and Science of España. In 2010 and 2011, she was an assistant researcher and in 2012 she won a postdoctoral fellowship, both at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) –Open University of Catalonia (UOC). She also collaborated, as an assistant professor of Applied Statistics, with the Department of Applied Mathematics I at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) and as an assistant professor of Operations Research and Information System, with the Department of Economics and Business at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Finally she was a full time professor in EUSS-Engineering at the Business Organization Department in Logistics, Operations Research and Operations Management, all in Barcelona. Her research interests include both service and industrial applications of Computer Simulation, Probabilistic Algorithms, Educational Data Analysis, Multivariate Analysis and Data Mining, Statistics and Artificial Intelligence such as clustering knowledge acquisition for concept formation in knowledge-based systems and Knowledge Engineering. Also, she has been involved in some international research projects. Especially in the last years in the Project: “Hybrid Algorithms for solving Realistic rOuting, Scheduling and Availability problems (HAROSA)“ at Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, being important member of the Scientific Committee and Local Committee Chairs of several conferences related to the network.
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WOMEN AND TECHNOLOGY: IDENTIFYING STEREOTYPES AMONG STUDENTS IN TECHNOLOGY DEGREE PROGRAMMES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SANTIAGO, CHILE Dr. Alejandra Pérez Bonilla, IN3 Visiting Scholar (University of Santiago, Chile). The study presented here seeks to show existing gender stereotypes among university students in the Technological Faculty of the University of Santiago, Chile, and to describe the perception of these with regard to certain prejudices in order to analyse the low presence of women in this field of study, from a gender perspective and also from a technological perspective. To meet these objectives, an instrument was designed consisting of five sections: demographics, technologies and applications, technological studies and professional development, gender and technological devices. It was applied to students of six degree programmes in the area of technology in accordance with the classification system of the CNED (National Council of Education). The sample consists of a total of 153 students, 34% female students and 66% male students, with different educational backgrounds and levels. A thorough analysis is performed of the results generated by the instrument regarding responses to questions such as: What factors influence the decision to choose a degree in technology? Are there gender differences in the origin of these influences? Is it generally believed that people who study technology are mostly men? Do men and women have the same level of interest in technology? Is it believed that the stereotypes associated with technological professionals are male stereotypes? Are men considered to be better prepared than women to take on these types of studies? Do students in technology degree programmes believe that men are more likely than women to gain employment in their field? This study forms part of a DICYT-031473PB research project funded by the Vice-Rectory for Research, Development and Innovation at the University of Santiago, Chile, that seeks to make a contribution regarding gender equality issues both to the financing institution and for the generation of new knowledge in the area of technological studies and gender equality. More information: http://www.udesantiagoaldia.cl/content/influencia-de-estereotipos-masculinos-explicaria-la-escasa-presencia-femenina-en-carreras