Women in Environmental Engineering

From its creation in 1996, under the leadership of Professor Nancy E. Kinner, the ABET accredited BS Environmental Engineering program has had a culture of mentoring and providing a supportive environment so that women interested in environmental engineering can thrive.  As shown below, UNH is consistent with the national and international trend over the past 5+ years of increasing numbers of women entering environmental engineering.  The BS ENE program offers about twelve major courses each year taught by our award winning female faculty.  There are many leadership opportunities for female students in engineering at UNH.  BS ENE female students are the current or immediate past presidents of Engineers without Borders (EWB), Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) student chapter and Tau Beta Pi (TBP) the engineering honor society.  In addition, BS ENE students actively participate in Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the student chapter of ASCE (whose current president is also a woman engineer).

Support and opportunities for female engineering students at UNH goes well beyond the leading activities in the BS ENE as demonstrated by the fact that chair of the CEE Department is Professor Erin Bell, UNH female athletics are recognized around the country and UNH received and is fully implementing a large National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.


Famous Woman in ENE-Ellen Swallow Richards

Ellen Swallow Richards was born in Dunstable, Massachusetts in 1842. She graduated from Westford Academy in 1862, and in 1968 she attended Vassar College, when she graduated with her Bachelors Degree, she then moved onto getting her Master of Arts Degree with a thesis on Chemical analysis of iron ore. After getting her Masters degree, Ellen then moved on to being the first women ever admitted into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mrs. Richards laid a new foundation for the new science of home economics. Being the founder her movement was characterized by the application of science to the home, and how she applied chemistry to the study of nutrition. She also was an instructor to the newly founded laboratory of saniary chemistry at the Lawerence Expieriment Station. From 1872-1875 she was a consulting chemist for the Massachusetts Board of Health and a water analyst fron 1887-1897. Overall Ellen Swallow Richards made a huge dent in the world of science and ENE and proved that women could do this. Ellen died March 30, 1911 at the age of 68.