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A pioneer for women engineers
A pioneer for women engineers

 

2011 Distinguished Alumna

Angela Wykoff ’72, MS ’75, ’80

 

During her 24-year career as an energy engineer, Angela Wykoff overcame obstacles and proved her worth in a traditionally male field.

In her early days at Bonneville Power Administration, she applied for a field job working on electrical transmissions but was turned down. The reason? Women couldn’t do the job because it required the ability to command a four-wheel drive vehicle. Her supervisor intervened and she got the position. Later, she remembers being one of only five female engineers at an international conference of 800.

Now retired, Wykoff has brought her drive and determination to Portland State as a frequent volunteer, including member, committee chair, and eventually president of the Alumni Association Board. As chair of the PSU Advocates, the lobbying arm of the Alumni Association, she helped the University obtain vital funding for several major campus infrastructure projects, including renovation of Lincoln Hall.

After serving on the presidential search committee, Wykoff made such an impression on President Wim Wiewel that he recruited her to join several other university-wide committees.

PSU connections run in Wykoff’s family. Her husband, son, and daughter are graduates. Today, Wykoff continues to be involved with the University and currently serves on the busy City Club research committee.

By Su Yim