In December, the Program for Women in Science and Engineering at Iowa State named Surya Mallapragada, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and the Carol Vohs Johnson Chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering, a 2016 WiSE Champion.
The honor is part of the program’s 30th anniversary celebration, and it recognizes individuals who have supported WiSE and worked individually to improve success for women students. Those named champions have enhanced the program’s ability to serve K-12 students across Iowa and undergraduate women in STEM at Iowa State University.
Mallapragada has participated in many WiSE programs throughout her career, including presenting during the Taking the Road Less Traveled Career Conferences, serving as a mentor for summer high school research internships and participating in WiSE’s poster program for elementary schools.
“Programs like WiSE are extremely important to increase the diversity in STEM fields,” she says. “As an engineer and a parent of elementary school kids myself, I see the enormous need for such a program to proactively expose and encourage women to pursue STEM fields starting at a young age.”