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Lady Irish at Work:
What's Next in Tech

Meet some of the next generation of innovators — the women of Notre Dame engineering. These faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and alumnae are applying their dedication and drive to creating sustainable energy technologies, designing novel biomedical devices, developing novel cancer therapies, and more.

From fashion to finance, literature to law, and everything in between, society’s eyes are focusing on the exciting paths women are pioneering, especially in technology. Call it "girl power." Label them "women warriors." Whatever term you choose, the fact is that women like the faculty, students, and alumnae of the College of Engineering are applying their experience, expertise, and empathy toward solving many of the world's most challenging issues.

An all-male school for 130 years, Notre Dame first admitted women in fall 1972. Since then it truly has been a whole new world. We've shared some of their stories and achievements here, but there are so many more.

The bottom line for all of these Notre Dame women, and others like them, is that they love what they do. They chose engineering because of its scope and the career options available, the ability to chart their own paths and make the world a better place in which to live.

And, they are making a difference.


Faculty

TRACY KIJEWSKI-CORREA TRACY KIJEWSKI-CORREA

Tracy Kijewski-Correa is leading a team focused on helping people around the world afford safe, dignified homes.

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LAUREL RIEK LAUREL RIEK

One of the ASEE's 20 Faculty Under 40, Laurel Riek is designing novel robotic patient simulator systems to help care givers improve their diagnostic and treatment skills.

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ASHLEY THRALL ASHLEY THRALL

Origami meets engineering: From bridges to housing, Ashley Thrall is developing portable modular structures that can be used for disaster relief, military applications, and more.

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RUILAN GUO RUILAN GUO

Ruilan Guo is creating gas separation membranes that are capable of selecting gas molecules by their size, for cleaner, more effective processes in energy and environmental applications.

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JOAN F. BRENNECKE JOAN F. BRENNECKE

Joan F. Brennecke is a pioneer in ionic liquids and is using them to address specific energy problems across a variety of industries.

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Students

MARIA GIBBS MARIA GIBBS

The American Society of Civil Engineers named Maria Gibbs one of the 2015 New Faces of Civil Engineering for her work with a “smartphone app and a rope.”

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MAGGIE THOMANN MAGGIE THOMANN

Maggie is a teacher, business owner, and a sophomore in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. And she is excited about girls participating in science and technology.

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ALYSSA VARSANIK ALYSSA VARSANIK

Engineering is a demanding discipline, but young women like Alyssa Varsanik are often able to do more during their undergraduate years than they thought possible, including two majors, a minor, several internships, and dorm leadership activities.

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Alumnae

GENEVIEVE MALONE GENEVIEVE MALONE

Genevieve Malone is back on campus, but she's doing much more than visiting. She's a project engineer working on the University's Crossroads project, the largest building initiative in Notre Dame's history.

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DAVA NEWMAN DAVA NEWMAN

Dava Newman's journey in aerospace engineering began at Notre Dame. Today, she's NASA's Deputy Administrator.

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