Notable Alumnae

Lois Graham

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.

Marie Cole

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.

Mary Ellen (Rathbun) Kolb

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

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.

Ann N. Campbell

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.

Alicia Boler Davis

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.

Linda Pitzi Jojo

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.