Outstanding women inducted into engineering hall of fame
Author: John Kirkland
Posted: November 15, 2012

November 15, 2012 -- The president of Harvey Mudd College and a Portland State graduate student in civil and environmental engineering were inducted today in PSU’s Denice Dee Denton Women Engineers Hall of Fame.

The hall of fame was established in 2008 at the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science to recognize the contributions of prominent women in technology and engineering.  Its namesake, the late Denice Dee Denton, was the engineering dean at the University of Washington and later the chancellor of the University of California in Santa Cruz. 

Two individuals are inducted each year: an outstanding practicing professional in engineering, and an outstanding female engineering student enrolled at the Maseeh College. 

This year’s inductees are:

Dr. Maria M. Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA.  A renowned computer scientist and scholar, Pres. Klawe is the first woman to lead the college since its founding in 1955. She 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. Dr. Klawe's current research focuses on discrete mathematics. She also serves on the boards of Microsoft, Broadcom, and the nonprofit Math for America. 


Kristina M. Currans, E.I.T., Graduate Student, 
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Maseeh College, PSU. Kristina's graduate research assistantship was part of a workforce training partnership developed between PSU and

the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). During school breaks, she was placed with ODOT's Transportation Planning Analysis Unit where she worked on the statewide travel demand model (SWIM2), helping to combine the statewide integrated model with a greenhouse gas forecasting tool.