Women and Ideas in Engineering: Twelve Stories from Illinois
Women and Ideas in Engineering: Twelve Stories from Illinois

Women and Ideas in Engineering: Twelve Stories from Illinois

by Laura D. Hahn, Angela S. Wolters


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The increasing presence of women within engineering programs is one of today's most dramatic developments in higher education. Long before, however, a group of talented and determined women carved out new paths in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Laura D. Hahn and Angela S. Wolters bring to light the compelling hidden stories of these pioneering figures. When Mary Louisa Page became the College's first female graduate in 1879, she also was the first American woman ever awarded a degree in architecture. Bobbie Johnson's insistence on "a real engineering job" put her on a path to the Apollo and Skylab programs. Grace Wilson, one of the College's first female faculty members, taught and mentored a generation of women. Their stories and many others illuminate the forgotten history of women in engineering. At the same time, the authors offer insights into the experiences of today's women from the College — a glimpse of a brighter future, one where more women in STEM fields apply their tireless dedication to the innovations that shape a better tomorrow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252041969
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 07/20/2018
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 959,145
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Laura D. Hahn is the director of the Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Angela S. Wolters is the director of Women in Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

1 Engineers Who Happen to Be Women: The First 150 Years

Mary Louisa Page and the First Fifty Years: 1867 to 1917 2

The Next Fifty Years: 1918 to 1967 6

The Following Fifty Years: 1968 to 2017 12

2 Early Inspiration: Faculty Pioneers

Louise Woodroofe 17

Lorella Jones 20

Judith Liebman 23

3 Research Orientations

Nancy Sottas 28

Naira Hovakimyan 31

Clair Sullivan 35

Reflections Jennifer T. Bernhard 38

4 Relentless Innovators

Joan Mitchell 43

Jennifer Lewis 46

Amy Doroff 50

5 Acclaim in Bioengineering and Medicine

Rosalyn Yalow 55

Princess Imoukhuede 61

6 Touching the Sky

Barbara Crawford Johnson 68

Victoria Coverstone 73

Reflections Hui Lin Yang 78

7 Women's Work: Computing

Nancy Brazell Brooks 83

HiUery Hunter 85

Parisa Tabriz 88

Reflections Cinda Heeren 91

8 Global Challenges

Tami Bond 93

Women in Engineers without Borders 96

9 Do Engineers Have to Engineer?

Kathryn "Kit" Gordon 104

Laurie Morvan 107

Reflections Linda Reinhard 111

10 Mentors and Mentoring

Grace Wilson 116

Geneva Belford 120

Reflections Susan M. Larson 123

11 Inspiring the Next Generation

Betty Lou Bailey 127

Reflections Sakshi Srivastava 134

12 Foundations for the Future

Alison Dunn 142

Yuhang Hu 145

Shelby Hutchens 147

Mariana Kersh 148

Kelly Stephani 151

Closing 154

Appendix A Women Graduates of the College of Engineering, 1867-1917 155

Appendix B Women Graduates of the College of Engineering, 1918-1967 157

Notes 167

Index 185

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