In their own words: Women’s History Month spotlight

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The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) asked students, faculty and staff on campus to talk about the importance of Women’s History Month, in their own words, through the lenses of their identities and experiences.  Meet Sasānēhsaeh Pyawasay Pyawasay is the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Diversity Coordinator. In her role, […]

Five things you didn’t know about the new CSE Dean

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He’s a “rock star”…literally. Renowned for his research in geochemistry, geochronology and petrology, Dean Mukasa’s work on the origin and evolution of rocks in Antarctica, the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean regions has helped shed light on the evolution of continents and climate change.   He’s been to the ends of the […]

Amy Abouelenein: Serving the world by making food people love

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Written by Greg Breining If Amy Abouelenein’s experience is any indication, women excel in engineering fields when they work for institutions that value having women in their workforce and place them in key positions. At General Mills, “there are a lot of benefits that are not specific to women, but I think in terms of creating an […]

Nancy Daubenberger: Building bridges

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Written by Greg Breining Since she was good at math and enjoyed building things, Nancy Daubenberger (CivE M.S. ’97) thought becoming an architect would be a good fit. Soon she discovered architecture had a big aesthetic component, and she enjoyed the nuts and bolts better. So she switched to civil engineering. “That […]

Michele Brekke: Aiming higher

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Written by Greg Breining Michele Brekke (Aero ’75, M.S. ’77) was just 16 years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969. She had been mildly interested in space previously, “but not with the passion that I watched the first moon landing. As I watched the astronauts bounding on the […]

Jeannette Brown: Compounding chemicals

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Written by Greg Breining Jeannette Brown (Chem M.S. ’58) confounded two stereotypes of scientists—not only was she a woman but, she was also an African-American woman. Graduating from the University of Minnesota with a master’s in chemistry in 1958, Brown attended in an era when few women or African-Americans entered science. In […]

Jane Lansing: Passionate marketer

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Written by Greg Breining Jane Lansing (CivE ’76) had nearly completed her degree in civil engineering, with plans to build dams and bridges for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, when she took “the obligatory freshman programming class that I put off for years,” she said. “Then I fell in love—with programming, […]

Coaching the next generation

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Alumnus helps prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers for their careers When he was lead R&D recruiter for the engineering internship program at Boston Scientific, Kent Howe (EE ’88, M.S. ’91) spent a lot of time talking to college students about careers. During one recruiting trip to Iowa State, Howe wondered […]

Phelix Oluoch: Keeping ahead of attackers

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Written by Richard Broderick Phelix Oluoch (MSST ’15) is a Senior Information Assurance Engineer for Lockheed Martin’s industrial division. He works on cyber security for Chevron Oil and Gas, which contracts for his services. In the future, he expects to be working under the same arrangement, but for NASA, perhaps, or Boeing. At […]

Recipe for Success

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Drive, determination, and a CSE education pay off for young alumni Written by Kermit Pattison Jenna Shaw didn’t suffer much senior angst. The engineering student didn’t have to worry about what to do with her life after graduation. Four years of diligent preparation left her with a resume bristling with qualifications: a major […]