Young Women in Engineering, May 2014

The Drexel University College of Engineering recently profiled senior chemical and biological engineering major Amanda R. Decker, PA Z 2014, for being offered a 2014-15 Fulbright Scholarship. Decker plans to conduct research at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. At Drexel, she has been a member of the University Band, conducted research on the effects of saponin, and been active in several honor societies on campus. Read the news article for more details


Melissa A. Marshall (OH A 2014) was recently selected for the Capital One Academic All-America Division II Women’s Softball second team. Marshall is a chemical engineering senior at the Colorado School of Mines, a 2013 RMAC All-Tournament Team selection, and infielder with 250 putouts this season. Click here for the first, second, and third All-America Division II Softball teams.


Earlier this year, NASA inducted 105 interns into its 2014 Student Ambassadors Virtual Community (NSAVC). The “virtual community is an online network designed to foster more interaction and mentorship among select interns in NASA’s higher education projects. The hope is to encourages greater student retention through the NASA educational pipeline and into the STEM workforce.” Twenty-nine states and 67 universities were represented in the 2014 class of inductees, including Louisa T. Avellar, CA A 2014.

Avellar is a mechanical engineering senior at the University of California, Berkeley. According to an article from the San Antonio Express-News, she has completed internships at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the United Launch Alliance (ULA). Avellar plans to pursue a doctorate in engineering and then work in the space industry, “Ultimately, I want to be an astronaut,” she said. “But my long-term goals are to develop and build things and expand our understanding of the universe and how it works.”



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