Ann Campbell graduated from RPI with a bachelor's degree in materials engineering in 1979. She went on to earn a master' s degree in applied physics in 1980 from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1985.
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A Distinguished Engineer in IBM Systems Supply Chain Engineering, Marie Cole joined IBM in 1984 after completing a B.S. in chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and then earned an M.S. in materials science at Columbia University.
A first-generation college graduate, Alicia Boler Davis completed a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at Northwestern University, followed by a master's degree in engineering science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Wanda Denson-Low graduated from Rensselaer in 1978 with a degree in chemistry, and continued her education at Brooklyn Law School, earning her Juris Doctor in 1981.
The first female student to study chemical engineering at RPI, Nancy Fitzroy graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1949, and she is recognized worldwide for her work in mechanical engineering.
Jonna Gerken was the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) FY18 president. In this capacity, she led the 40,000-member international organization, which encourages more women to enter and stay in engineering fields.
Lois Graham was one of the first two female graduates of Rensselaer after she completed an accelerated wartime program in 1946. Graham, who began her career in industry, later became the first woman in the country to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.
Linda Jojo received a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in industrial engineering from RPI in 1987 and 1992, respectively. She currently serves as executive vice president and chief digital officer at United Continental Holdings, the parent company of United Airlines.
Robin Kemper, who earned bachelor's degrees in civil engineering and building science in 1979 and a master's degree in civil engineering in 1981, has been heavily involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since her college years at RPI, culminating in her service as the 2019 national ASCE president.
Just prior to World War II, the Troy Record posted an advertisement that Rensselaer would be accepting a limited number of applications from qualified women for admission to the accelerated degree programs. By replying to that ad, Mary Ellen Kolb became the first female to matriculate in metallurgical engineering at RPI.
Cheryl Porro, who decided that chemical engineering at RPI was what felt right, graduated from Rensselaer with a bachelor's degree in 1993, becoming the first in her family to complete college.
Linda Sanford graduated from St. John's University and continued her education at Rensselaer, where she received a master's degree in operations research.
Kristin Ann Seaver received a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a master's in business administration from RPI in 1990 and 1998, respectively