Four female students recognized for contributions to engineering

April 18, 2011

A handful of female engineering students have been honored with various Women in Engineering Program (WEP) awards for their outstanding work and leadership as women to the College of Engineering.

-- Caitlin Tice, a senior industrial engineering major, received the Joelle Award for Women in Engineering Leadership. The award is given to a junior or senior who has demonstrated an outstanding record of leadership, service and citizenship that positively affects the climate for women in the College of Engineering. First runners-up are Kelly Bohm and Danielle DaSilva, both senior bioengineering majors.

-- The Nadine Barrie Smith Outstanding Mentor Award was given to Julie Behr, a mechanical engineering junior, and Sharon Waxmonsky, a bioengineering junior.

The award honors Nadine Barrie Smith, a bioengineering professor who passed away in April 2010. She was also member of the graduate program in acoustics. Smith was a world-renowned expert in the fields of medical imaging and therapeutic ultrasound. She made significant contributions to ultrasound-mediated delivery of insulin for diabetes and non-invasive surgery for cardiac revascularization. Smith was committed to ensuring the success of female students, providing encouragement and inspiration to aspiring engineers to achieve excellence in their academic careers and personal lives. Endowed by Smith's husband, bioengineering professor Andrew Webb, the award recognizes outstanding undergraduate engineering women who have, like Smith, devoted significant time and resources to mentoring other female students to become better students, people and engineers.

-- The Penn State Multicultural Resource Center Leadership Award was given to Sebastian Nieto, a chemical engineering senior. The award recognizes an undergraduate senior in any major who has provided outstanding leadership in an area of activity at Penn State, such as student government, social services and mass media. The individual is also a spokesperson and role model for multicultural students.

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Last Updated April 18, 2011