ASEE Women in Engineering

In 2010, the Women in Engineering Division (WIED) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) initiated the Apprentice Educator Grant (AEG) program that provides a $2000 travel grant to the ASEE Annual Conference. The AEG is awarded to a woman planning to pursue a career in engineering education, who has a demonstrated commitment to innovation in teaching and/or potential for substantial contributions to the field. Eligible women were graduate students, post-docs, lecturers, research associates, and other non-tenure track faculty. Tenure-track women faculty who were not more than three years into their first faculty position were also eligible.

Because of the increased division dues, funds were available to award two Apprentice Educator Grants this year. One AEG was awarded to a graduate student and one AEG was awarded to a faculty member. The Women in Engineering Division is pleased to announce that the 2011 Apprentice Educator Grant recipients are Stephanie Claussen and Sara Atwood. These grant recipients will be recognized at the WIED Business Meeting and presented with the AEG award at the Monday evening reception at the ASEE Conference this summer.

Stephanie Claussen is a Ph.D. student at Stanford University and plans to complete her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in September 2011 with a Ph.D. minor in education. Stephanie has served as a teaching assistant in two quarters and co-taught a course in Summer 2010 as a teaching fellow. She has also received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Stephanie and other P.D. students established a student chapter of ASEE at Stanford. She is currently Vice President of Records for the ASEE Student Chapter. Stephanie is a member of the Stanford Women in Electrical Engineering group and volunteers as a Big Sister to a first-year, female graduate student. She has also worked with the Stanford Optical Society of America student chapter, focusing on outreach by serving as the Outreach Chair.

Sara Atwood received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley in May 2010 and is currently an assistant professor at Elizabethtown College. While at Berkeley, she was a graduate teaching assistant and received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award in 2009. She led workshops for new graduate student instructor training in 2008 and 2009 and was selected as a fellow in the Summer Institute For Preparing Future Faculty. Sara also coordinated an outreach program between undergraduates and the local children’s science museum to teach engineering concepts to the public community and served on the Berkeley ME Department Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. In addition to her research in biomaterials, she has presented several engineering education papers at ASEE Conferences in the areas of student-faculty interaction, team learning styles, and K-12 outreach.

Congratulations to these Apprentice Educator Grant recipients!!

WIED plans to offer the Apprentice Educator Grant in future years. Details for applying can be found at

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