The Women in Engineering program directorship at the Purdue University College of Engineering will be named after former dean Leah Jamieson. The college will hold a celebration to honor Jamieson Wednesday in the Kurz Atrium of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering.
Jamieson joined the Purdue faculty in 1976 and was named John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering in 2006. The WIEP was the first program in the nation dedicated to women in engineering. “I am deeply honored by this recognition and by the outpouring of support that made the WIEP endowment possible,” Jamieson said. “The opportunity to have a lasting impact on the number, well-being, and success of women in engineering at Purdue – to be a part of the long and proud history of WIEP – touches my heart.”
Dean Mung Chiang says naming the directorship for Jamieson will help in encouraging women to be involved in engineering. “We are very proud of Purdue’s Women in Engineering program, the first in the nation, as it grows into its sixth decade next year.” “There are still miles to go, and we must continue to intensify our effort as we recognize one of the inspiring legacies of Dean Jamieson this week.”
A $1M gift from former Board of Trustees member John Edwardson, made last year, has now been matched by fundraising to create a $2M endowment for WIEP. The gift establishes the Jamieson Director of the Women in Engineering Program, with current program director Beth Holloway the first to hold the new title.