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After being singled out as the only girl in an electricity class her first year of high school, Erin Mitchell swore she would never pursue a career in the STEM field. Now, a decade later, she works as an industrial engineer for Collins Aerospace in Melbourne, Florida. Mitchell, an alumna of Iowa State University’s industrial … Continue reading Inspiring young women to pursue STEM careers
The Judith M. Vance Scholarship was established earlier this semester to honor ME alum and longtime faculty member Judy M. Vance. She holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. all in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University. Vance, who is currently the Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Professor of Engineering and a Faculty Fellow of … Continue reading New ME scholarship named for longtime faculty member
Jill Fratini forged a unique path as an engineer and a working mother. Fratini is the first woman to graduate from ISU with an undergraduate degree in agricultural and biosystems engineering.
Senior in STEM takes on out-of-this-world experience with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) With her feet planted firmly on the ground, Lauren Wibe’s professional career is taking off thanks to her involvement in the elite NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP). Starting last fall, Wibe worked in NASA’s Environmental Protection and Management Division within … Continue reading Civil engineering student lands career-changing NASA Internship
The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics has awarded 12 women at Iowa State with a spot in the 10th annual Women Impacting ISU calendar.
Cara Petrie (pictured on the right) is a senior in chemical engineering and the current president of Society for Women Engineers. Katherine Krettek (pictured on the left) is a junior in mechanical engineering with a minor in Spanish and the president-elect for SWE. Iowa State’s many campus clubs and organizations are great resources for students … Continue reading Guest Post: Campus clubs act as support networks for students
The following is an excerpt from a Jan. 10, 2014, entry from the ISU Alumni Association blog: Krista Morris Bix (BSCE’12) is currently serving in the U.S. Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer, stationed in Mississippi after previous stints in Rhode Island and California. She says she’s fortunate to be married to her husband, … Continue reading Civil engineering alumna thrives as U.S. Navy engineer
This fall, 4,911 women major in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) disciplines at Iowa State University. Those graduating Dec. 21 will hear commencement speaker Peggy Whitson, a biochemist-astronaut who trailblazed her way from small-town Iowa to record-setting space expeditions and NASA leadership. Whitson was probably a departure from the norm when she graduated in biology/chemistry … Continue reading ISU women graduating in science and engineering ride Peggy’s lab coattails into the future
Ken Jolls, professor emeritus in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, comments on an Iowa State Daily article that argued that toy industries are pushing females away from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Jolls presents a strong case, using successes from Iowa State’s chemical and biological department, that women have actually become … Continue reading Jolls emphasizes improvements in women in engineering
Elizabeth Bierman began her term as president-elect of the Society of Women Engineers this year, but her connection to the group goes back to her freshman year at Iowa State. Bierman joined SWE after her first week on campus in 1994, and her participation grew each year, extending to the professional level. Graduating from Iowa … Continue reading President-Elect Elizabeth Bierman hopes to expand SWE globally
Karen Zunkel’s career has covered a lot of territory: as a professional in industry, an instructor and a higher education administrator, she has a good sense of the many obstacles females may face in STEM fields. That’s why Zunkel, director of undergraduate programs and academic quality at Iowa State, has devoted much of her career … Continue reading WEPAN president Karen Zunkel encourages women to pursue engineering
by Brittany Oswald, Senior, CprE This March, I had the privilege of attending the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. It may sound cheesy, but going to this conference changed my life and has solidified my desire to pursue a career in game development. The theme for the conference was “Learn. Network. Inspire.” Well, I … Continue reading ECpE student shares her experience at 2013 Game Developers Conference
On November 30, the Iowa State chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) honored 50 members during their annual banquet with SWE membership points. See the list below to see a list of members recognized at the banquet. Cynthia Lord, BSME’82, was the keynote speaker at the banquet. Lord congratulated the members and encouraged … Continue reading SWE banquet features ME alumna, recognizes members