The Clare Boothe Luce Program awarded SEAS $300,000 in 2018 to support an undergraduate research program that enables undergraduate female SEAS students to pursue research with guidance from faculty mentors, hone their professional skills, and establish themselves as university leaders. Four sophomore scholars were selected in 2018 and four additional scholars were selected in April 2019. Meet our scholars.
The Clark Engineering Scholars Program is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship program at SEAS, and more than 50 percent of current scholars are women. Through the program, our students participate in undergraduate research and study abroad, work with alumni mentors, have access to networking opportunities, and more.
Professor Gina Adam; Department of Electrical Engineering (L)
Professor Aylin Caliskan; Department of Computer Science (R)
SEAS has recruited female faculty members from top-notch engineering programs across the country. Recently recruited female faculty members studied at: MIT, Princeton, UC Santa Barbara, and University of Bourgogne, France. Meet our newest faculty members, Dr. Gina Adam and Dr. Aylin Caliskan.
Biomedical engineering undergraduate Shirali Nigam has been selected to serve a three-year term on the Education Committee of the National Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She is the only undergraduate student on the committee of 11 people. The Committee is charged with assessing and providing educational opportunities to enhance professional development, fostering educational best practices, and working with accreditation committees. Shirali also serves as a student member on the internal advisory board for the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering.
Dr. Leftwich’s research has been featured in CNN's Great Big Story micro-documentary, “How Sea Lions Are Inspiring the Future of Underwater Transport.” It tells the story of the sea lion research that Dr. Leftwich and her research group are conducting.
SEAS hosted a live conversation with NASA astronaut and SEAS alumna Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor (BS ’97) last September, during her six-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Sporting her “space hair” and flying the SEAS flag during the 20-minute NASA downlink, Dr. Auñón-Chancellor answered questions about living and working aboard the ISS. Immediately following the downlink, SEAS hosted a follow-on discussion on the challenges of deep space exploration with SEAS alumnus and former astronaut, Dr. Charles Camarda (MS ’80), who was present for the event.
Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber serves on the National Academies’ Study Committee on the Role of Inducement Prizes in the US Innovation System. “Inducement” prizes are designed to stimulate some activity, such as creating a desired technology or developing products with wide societal benefits. The expert committee will assemble and analyze evidence about the role of inducement prizes in the American innovation process. Dr. Szajnfarber’s term is from January 2019 through September 2020.