Ashley Shew, an associate professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Grant for $441,426 for “Disability, Experience, and Technological Imagination.”

The project focuses on discrepancies between how scientists and engineers understand and explain their work related to disability and the actual needs and wants of people with disabilities.

As part of the grant, Shew will work with colleagues in the College of Engineering in 2019 through Virginia Tech’s STEMABILITY, a summer camp for students with disabilities.