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Denice Dee Denton Women Engineers Hall of Fame

After earning her doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Denice Dee Denton excelled as a faculty member, dean of engineering, and chancellor for a major public institution with exceptional skill and wisdom. Her lifetime of accomplishments and accolades serves as inspirations for fellow women engineers and technologists.

In 2008 Maseeh College established the Denice Dee Denton Women Engineers Hall of Fame to honor those who have made a significant impact through their dedication to the engineering profession. Every year one outstanding engineer and one outstanding engineering student are inducted. Candidates exhibit academic and/or professional excellence, be engaged with their community and prove exceptional leadership skills. Student nominations are presented to the dean by November 1. Learn more about previous honorees of the Denice Dee Denton Women Engineers Fall of Fame.


2012 Outstanding Female Engineer 

Dr. Maria Klawe holds a bachelor of science degree and a doctorate degree in mathematics from the University of Alberta. A renowed computer scientist and scholar, Maria is the first woman president of Harvey Mudd College since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining Harvey Mudd, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. During her time at Princeton, Klawe led the School of Engineering and Applied Science through a strategic planning exercise that created an exciting and widely embraced vision for the school. At Harvey Mudd, she led a similarly ambitious strategic planning initiative, "HMC 2020: Envisioning the Future." Maria has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science, including functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, gender issues in information technology and interactive-multimedia for mathematics education. Maria is one of the ten members of the board of Microsoft Corporation. 

 


 

2012 Outstanding Female Engineering Student 

Kristina M. Currans is a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering at Portland State University. During her first year at PSU, Kristina worked as a research assistant and was a part of a workforce training partnership developed by Associate Professor Kelly Clifton between PSU and ODOT. Kristina helped to integrate the statewide integrated model with a greenhouse gas forecasting tool. She has lead or co-authored three papers for professional and academic conferences. Her research is focused on understanding the relationship between economy, land use and travel behavior using empirical data and statistical modeling. These findings are then integrated into the practical models at ODOT.