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Celebrate Women in STEM

Allison Beese: Making it Break

To find out how much weight a new alloy, composite or other material can bear, Penn State engineer Allison Beese loads it until it fails--and tracks where and how it breaks.

Mary Frecker: Origami Structures

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. But to engineer Mary Frecker of Pennsylvania State University, it is the future for designing tools that could be used in fields such as medicine and space exploration.

Joan Redwing: Harnessing Solar Energy

Joan Redwing, professor of electrical engineering and materials science at Penn State, researches ways to harness the sun's power by conducting it through wires made of silicon.

Susan Trolier-McKinstry: The Real Scientist

Susan's main research interests include thin films for dielectric and piezoelectric applications. Her group studies the fundamental mechanisms that contribute to the measured properties, processing studies for electroceramic films, and integration of functional materials into microelectromechanical systems.

Susan Trolier-McKinstry

Penn State Trained Female Engineers during WWII

In 1943 roughly 100 women enrolled at Penn State as "Cadettes" of the Curtiss-Wright Corp., a defense contractor that made mostly aviation equipment.  There was also was a need for female engineers and the Curtiss-Wright Corp, in partnership with the university, paid to train women in some fields of engineering with the prospect of the "Cadettes" coming to work for the company.