Women in Science and Engineering

women in science and engineering

First Ladies of Science & Engineering

Ceramic Engineering
First female ceramic engineering graduate (1967) ˜ Carol L. Oster, master's degree

Chemical Engineering
First chemical engineering BS graduate (1970) ˜ Susan Glen (married Ed Herrington in the same class).

First female chemical engineering PhD (1991) ˜ Beth Gainey Stoner (Dan Edie was her adviser)

Civil Engineering

First female graduate in civil engineering (1967) ˜ Mary Trout Haney. She also earned a master's in ESE in 1968. (She married Dr. Donald L. Haney in 1967. He‚s a Clemson grad, Ph.D. in 1969.)

First tenured female professor in civil engineering (2011) ˜ Jennifer Harper Ogle

Computer Science

First two females to receive a BS in computer science (1981) ˜ Francina S. Franks and Philomena Marie Rapp

First two women to earn master's degrees (MS) in computer science (1984) ˜ Virginia Ann Moyer Blake ( Sandra M. Hedetniemi, adviser) and Yi-na C Tzeng (Jack Peck, Adviser.)

First female to receive a BS in computer information systems (1984) ˜ Sharon P. Smith

The first two females to receive a BA in computer science (1993) ˜ Joumana M Aboujaoude and Teshia Y Roby

First female to receive a Ph.D. in computer science (1989) ˜ Eleanor O. Hare (Her dissertation title was "Algorithms for Grids and Grid-Like Graphs," and her adviser was Dr. Stephen T. Hedetniemi. ehare@cs.clemson.edu.)

Electrical & Computer Engineering
One of first three women to graduate in electrical and computer engineering (1975) ˜ Silvia Gilbert Middleton

First woman to graduate with a MS in electrical and computer engineering (1976) ˜ Silvia Gilbert Middleton

First woman Ph.D. from the College of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering ˜ Silvia Gilbert Middleton (Dr. Robert Snelsire, adviser .Spent 15 years as a faculty member and/or assistant dean of engineering at UNC Charlotte. Worked w/Clemson through NSF-funded engineering coalitions program, SUCCEED. Now self-employed. Two nephews at Clemson)

Geology
First female B.A. graduate in geology (1968) ˜ Joan Marie Combs

First female recipient of the Thomas F. Logan, Jr. Geology Merit Award (1974) ˜ Frankie Elaine Campbell (from Rich)

First female graduate of MS program in hydrogeology w/nonthesis option (1994) ˜ Lillian Furlow

First female graduate of MS program in hydrogeology with master's thesis (1994) ˜ April James

Textile Chemistry
First female graduate in textile chemistry (1965) ˜ Julie Han Wood M ‚65, also earned PhD in chemistry in 1968 ) (She‚s originally from Insein, Burma. May be among first female foreign students.)


Clemson Historical Facts about Women
Women were permitted to do graduate work during regular sessions beginning March 31, 1950.

Women engaged in teaching were permitted to do undergraduate work during regular sessions beginning October 13, 1953.

Women residing in their own homes were admitted commencing with the second semester, 1954.

Women occupied their first dormitory (Mauldin Hall, 65 residents) in the fall of 1963.