Women in Engineering Program recognizes outstanding students

May 01, 2012

Penn State's Women in Engineering Program (WEP) honored nine students with three awards for their outstanding contributions to the organization and the College of Engineering at the Engineering Diversity Dean's Advisory Board meeting on March 26 at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

The Joelle Award was given to Amanda Siergiej, an industrial engineering senior. The award recognizes outstanding leadership contributions by a woman student to the College of Engineering. It is endowed by Edward and Jane Liszka in honor of her parents, Joseph and Eleanor Munafo.      

Siergiej is an active member of the Women in Engineering Program Orientation leadership teams, served as the president of the Engineering Orientation Network and was involved in Engineering House and Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). Her leadership in retention and mentoring activities has positively affect hundreds of women throughout her four years at Penn State. Upon graduation, Siergiej will begin a full-time position with Kimberly-Clark in Wisconsin.

Abigail Dodson, a Schreyer Honors Scholar and engineering science senior, and Brandi Wingate, an aerospace engineering senior, were runner-ups for the Joelle Award.

Teresa Creech, an industrial engineering senior, and Elizabeth Krauss, an architectural engineering junior, received the Nadine Barrie Smith Outstanding Mentor Award. This award recognizes outstanding undergraduate engineering women who have devoted significant time and resources to mentoring other female students in their quests to become better students, people and engineers. The award is endowed by Smith's husband and former Penn State faculty member, Andrew Webb, and numerous colleagues.

Creech was recently selected to serve as the WEPO 2012 overall lead and has held multiple positions within the organization during the past three years. She is an active member of the Engineering Ambassadors and the IIE. She also served as the new membership educator for Phi Sigma Rho engineering sorority. In May, she will begin an internship with Precision Cast Parts in Portland, Ore., and plans to graduate in December 2012. 

Krauss currently serves as the WEP academic facilitator for facilitated study groups and is active in WEP Girl Scout Saturday outreach. She served as a WEPO mentor and has created relationships with women in the organization at other campuses. She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers. Krauss will spend her summer completing her second architectural engineering internship.

Brittany Heckler, an industrial engineering sophomore, and Caroline Klatman, an architectural engineering sophomore, both received the WEP Outstanding Facilitator Award. This award recognizes the contributions of WEP academic facilitators who go above and beyond to engage their group members in meaningful enrichment and study groups to ensure academic success.

Heckler serves as a WEP academic facilitator for calculus study groups, and her group members have reported that her efforts have greatly impacted their academic success.

Klatman is a WEP academic facilitator for physics study groups, and her study group members report that her efforts strengthen their understanding of course material.

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Last Updated May 02, 2012