Beth Holloway, assistant dean for engineering undergraduate education and director of the Women in Engineering Program, will receive the Distinguished Service Award from Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) at its annual awards banquet in Minneapolis on June 11.
She is being honored for her “outstanding leadership and significant contributions to the advancement of WEPAN and its members.”
Holloway has been the director of WIEP since 2001. She received a PhD in engineering education and BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue. She worked as a research and development engineer for Cummins Inc. for nine years.
Holloway is a past president of WEPAN and served on its board from 2005-08. She has been a faculty fellow at Earhart Residence Hall, and was on the board of directors of the Engineering Alumni Association from 2006-09.
WEPAN is a national nonprofit organization with over 700 members from engineering schools, small businesses, Fortune 500 corporations and nonprofit organizations. It works to transform culture in engineering education to attract, retain and graduate women. With a clear focus on research-based issues and solutions, WEPAN helps its members develop a highly prepared, diverse engineering workforce for tomorrow.
Holloway Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Fall 2009 Phi Sigma Rho Newsletter
At Convention in July of 2009, National Council announced the first winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Phi Sigma Rho, Beth Holloway (Purdue-Alpha). This award is presented to alumnae and honorary members of the Sorority whose achievements in their field of endeavor have brought honor and prestige to the name of Phi Sigma Rho.
Here is an excerpt from her nomination:
Beth continually tries to remember student’s names, even if she only met them on in passing. She is willing to sit down and talk with students anytime of the day, about academics or just about how their day is going. She teaches a class for first-year females in engineering that brings in successful female engineering professionals, many of them Phi Sigma Rho sisters, to show these young women the potential an engineering degree has. Last semester she even sat in on a class on women in leadership to gain knowledge that could be applied to the engineering department. She is always looking for ways to improve the Department of Women in Engineering and it shows through in her passion for all she does.
Beth is also very passionate about Phi Sigma Rho and says that those were some of the best years of her life. In her office, she demonstrates this by having her pledge paddle and one of her composites hanging in her office to provide her a visual reminder that her sorority membership is a lifetime affiliation. Brittany Scherer, a sister of Phi Sigma Rho, said, “I ran into her one day and we talked about Phi Rho for almost an hour. It was so amazing to learn that many of the things we do in the house today were around when she was in the house. I’m proud to call Beth one of my sisters. She definitely brings prestige and honor to our sorority.” Another sister of Phi Sigma Rho, Leanne Smith, said, “Beth helped me through a situation where a professor made a derogatory comment towards me because I am a female. She guided me through the actions to take with the compassion and knowledge only another female who had been in the same situation could.”
Beth Holloway is the Director of the Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) at Purdue University where she is responsible for the initiation, management, evaluation and promotion of comprehensive activities and programs that recruit and retain women in engineering. In addition to directing the Women in Engineering Program, Beth serves as the advisor to the Purdue section of the Society of Women Engineers. She is the past president of WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network) and served on the WEPAN Board of Directors from 2005-2008. WEPAN is a national organization of about 600 members dedicated to being a catalyst, advocate and leading resource for institutional and national change that enable the success of all women in engineering. Beth is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Purdue University Engineering Alumni Association, serving from 2006-2009. Beth received both BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. She was a member of the Eta class of Phi Sigma Rho.
“Joining Phi Sigma Rho was one of the best decisions I made when I was in college. My sisters were some of my best friends, and without Phi Rho, I’m not sure I would have graduated. It was also certainly some of the most fun I had as an undergraduate! I learned so much about myself during those years, and really grew as a person – and a professional. I owe so much of that to Phi Sigma Rho and the mentorship of my sisters. All these years later, it is gratifying to know that the bonds of sisterhood are as strong as ever.”