STEP Ahead Award, The Quintessential Engineer, & Cassini’s Trip Around Saturn

Eastman Chemical Company profiled Ashley R. Mohns, AR A ’09, for receiving the 2017 Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Engineering Leaders Award. Mohns is a manager of specialty fluids supply chain operations at Eastman. She has worked at Eastman since an internship during college while completing her degree in chemical engineering.

According to the article, the Manufacturing Institute began the STEP Ahead initiative to support and encourage women to become leaders in manufacturing and to inspire others to pursue careers in industry. Mohns has been active in mentoring young colleagues and frequently visits area schools to highlight STEM discipline related opportunities.

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This past week “The Quintessential Engineer” statue was unveiled on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. The campaign to install a female statue was started by engineering graduate student Sakshi Srivastava. The statue was a gift from Texas Instruments and will be located on the east side of the Micro and Nano-technology Laboratory.

“I think my hope for the statue is to let women, young women as well as women still in their engineering program or in the industry, know that they belong in engineering, that we can fulfill our dreams in a changing world in creating better technology,” Srivastava said. Click here for more about the statue, sculptor, and to see now revealed images.

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Space.com interviewed Joan M. Stupik, NY G ’11, regarding the NASA Cassini spacecraft’s recent journey between Saturn and its icy rings. Stupik is a guidance and control engineer for Cassini at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Cassini is scheduled to make 22 plunges through the gap between the planet and the rings before diving into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15.

“The ring scientists have spent a long time, more than a decade, characterizing those rings, but that small gap between the inside of the innermost ring and the top of the atmosphere where the ring ends isn’t known fully,” Stupik told Space.com. Read the article and watch the video for more information on this first opportunity for scientists to look at the rings of Saturn separately.

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