Crust, Kearney receive Commission for Women Achieving Women Award

April 06, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Dianne Crust and Jennifer Kearney were honored with the Achieving Women Award at the ninth annual Commission for Women Awards Luncheon on April 2.

The award recognizes Penn State women who have shown notable leadership and accomplishment in their fields and have gone beyond the requirements of their employment duties and responsibilities in support of the University's diversity efforts, promotion of equal opportunity or contribution to human causes and public service activities.

Crust is an administrative support assistant in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State. A 25-year employee of Penn State, she has served in various roles within the department.

Crust was lauded for her efforts to organize the Mechanical Engineering Alumni Society in 2006, as well as her contributions to the group's subsequent success.

She also joined the pilot program for Penn State's purchasing card scanning system and has since worked with the purchasing department to upgrade the scanning system that is currently being used University-wide.

Kearney is a senior in civil engineering at Penn State.

She was selected as the Women in Engineering Program Orientation Overall Lead in 2014-15. In this role, Kearney affects more than 185 first-year women engineering students from campuses throughout the Penn State system and directs more than 50 upper-level undergraduates.

She also founded the Penn State chapter of Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) in 2013, and served as B2P president from 2013-14. In this capacity, she planned, coordinated and managed all aspects of a five-week trip to Panama in 2014 for a team of 10 engineering students. The team designed and built a 240-foot pedestrian bridge connecting impoverished Panamanian citizens to education, health care and resources on the opposite side of a torrential river.

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