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The Catherine F. Pieronek Women in Engineering Impact Award, established in 2017, honors the memory of Cathy Pieronek, associate dean for academic affairs and first director of the Women in Engineering program at Notre Dame. Cathy died unexpectedly in April 2015. The award is presented to a College of Engineering woman faculty or staff member who has made a dramatic and positive impact on women’s engineering experience.

The quintessential Domer, Cathy earned her engineering and law degrees from the University. She loved Notre Dame and had a fierce loyalty to Irish sports teams (especially women’s basketball) and engineering students. She was an incredible committed, personable, and loyal individual who made a distinct impact the engineering undergraduate experience. Nationally recognized for her expertise in Title IX issues, Cathy wrote and lectured widely on that topic as well.

Cathy joined the College of Engineering in 2002, having previously served as director of alumni relations for the Notre Dame Law School. She was instrumental in establishing the Women in Engineering program in the college and increased the retention rate of women from first through sophomore years.

In addition to her impact at Notre Dame, Cathy made a lasting and positive impact on engineering education and illuminated public discourse on gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, as evidenced by her selection as a Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers.

Cathy is survived by her husband Charles Shedlak, her mother Joann Pieronek, her sister Patty (Ian) Frost, brother Tom (Erin) Pieronek, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to honoring her with this award, individuals who wish to do so may make memorial contributions to the

Pieronek Family Scholarship Fund
1100 Grace Hall Notre Dame, IN 46556-5612 
P: 574-631-7164 F: 574-631-8325 E: develop@nd.edu

or DONATE ONLINE at supporting Notre Dame and fill in the information on the right side of the page under the gift tab. Designate the gift to go to the Pieronek Family Scholarship Fund, in memory of Cathy Pieronek.

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