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04-14-2014

Clarkson University Educator Tapped for ASEE Women in Engineering Honor

Jan DeWaters, an instructor in Clarkson University's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, has been selected to receive the Women in Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education's EEEG award in recognition of her achievements in improving engineering education and pathways for women into engineering careers.

Jan DeWatersThis award, fully named the Mara H. Wasburn Early Engineering Educator Grant, will cover all expenses for DeWaters to attend the 2014 Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) this June in Indiana. The professional gathering is an important opportunity to promote further engagement with ASEE programs.

“This is an early career award,” says DeWaters, “but this is not my first career. I have followed a nontraditional career path that provided me with opportunities to pursue a variety of interests, including raising my children and supporting my husband's career. I was a consulting environmental engineer before I went on to get my doctorate when I was 50, and I joined the faculty at Clarkson in 2011.”

In nominating DeWaters, Prof. Shane Rogers describes her as “an exceptional engineering educator” who has already demonstrated innovation in engineering pedagogy and leadership in effective application of innovative teaching method in engineering classrooms.

DeWaters' real-life perspective, combined with her passion for teaching, means she's a steady source of good advice. As academic advisor for undecided first-year engineering students and faculty advisor for the chapter of the Society of Women Engineers chapter, she's a mentor and role model to a wide range of students. Off-campus, she has been dedicated to service with youth education programs, as well as outreach and mentoring programs for middle- and high-school girls.

She emphasizes, “I'm so impressed by my students' drive and motivation. They are going to go out and have impressive careers. l feel very honored to be working with them.”

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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