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 to provide a $2,000 travel grant to the ASEE Annual Conference. In 2011, the award was renamed the Mara H. Wasburn Early Educator Grant (EEEG) in honor of Dr. Wasburn, whose passion for encouraging young female engineering educators was reknowned. The Mara H Wasburn EEEG 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.

Two grants were awarded in 2012. One grant was awarded to a graduate student and one was awarded to a postdoc associate: Rachel Louis and Katerina Bagiata. These grant recipients were recognized at the WIED Business Meeting and presented with the EEEG award at the Monday evening reception at the ASEE Conference last summer.

Rachel Louis is a graduate student at Virginia Tech and plans to complete her PhD in engineering education in May 2013. Rachel was named a Dean’s Teaching Fellow (DTF) at Virginia Tech and serves as an ambassador of the Department of Engineering Education, promoting the department at local and national events. She is Secretary of ASEE's student chapter at Virginia Tech, and a Founding member of The Ohio State University's ASEE student chapter. As a master’s student in civil engineering at Ohio State, she received the Women in Engineering Leadership Award. Rachel has co-authored a number of publications, and looks forward to pursuing a career as a faculty member. She is particularly enthusiastic about teaching in a first-year engineering program.

Aikaterini (Katerina) Bagiati, PhD, is a postdoc associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Katerina coordinates curriculum development for the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre (IDC) related to content and accreditation issues. The IDC is a joint research project of MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). About 200 to 300 IDC faculty researchers and students from both universities work together to address issues facing the world by revolutionizing research on design science, and by designing devices, systems and services. Katerina received her PhD in engineering education from Purdue University in 2011, and a Master of Science in advanced information and communication systems in electrical and computer engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Her dissertation, journal articles and conference proceedings focus on STEM curriculum in early education. Katerina speaks five languages: Greek, English, German, Spanish and Italian.

Congratulations to the Mara H. Wasburn Early Engineering Educator Grant recipients!!

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

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