Senior Mary Walker receives Joelle Award for Women in Engineering Leadership

4/27/2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Mary Walker, a senior industrial engineering student from Archbald, Pennsylvania, has received the Joelle Award for Women in Engineering Leadership from the Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at Penn State. Walker is minoring in Engineering Leadership and Development and is also a teaching intern for the College of Engineering’s Leadership Principles class. 

The Joelle award recognizes an undergraduate woman that displays an outstanding record of leadership and service contributions that positively affects the climate for women in engineering.  

Walker has been actively involved in WEP since her freshman year when she participated in the group’s annual Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO) for incoming female engineers. Since then, she has remained an active member of the program, serving as a mentor during her junior year, and the professional development lead for the 2017 WEPO in August of her senior year.  

In addition, Walker is a member of the Engineering Ambassadors, where she gives tours and presentations for the College of Engineering. She is also active in outreach activities and travels to middle and high schools across Pennsylvania in order to increase overall STEM awareness.  

In the spring of 2016, Walker had the opportunity to travel to Budapest, Hungary as a part of Penn State’s International Leadership of Engineering and Development class. In this experience, Walker and her classmates spent the semester working virtually with students in Budapest on an engineering project. They then traveled to meet with their global teammates and present the final project there at the end of the semester.  

Walker completed an internship with Frito Lay during the summer of 2016 as a manufacturing operations intern. During the following summer, she interned at Lockheed Martin as a product engineering intern, working with Missiles and Fire Control.

Following graduation, Walker will begin pursuing her master’s degree in engineering leadership and innovation management at Penn State and plans to graduate in December.  

Established in 2002, the Joelle Award is endowed by Dr. Edward and Jane Liszka in honor of Jane Liszka’s parents, Joseph and Eleanor Munafo.  

“I’m very honored and humbled to have received this award,” Walker said. “I’m so thankful for the Liszkas for having this endowment, which will help to fund my master’s degree, and I’m very appreciative to have been selected as the recipient of this award.” 

Walker was formally presented with the award at the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion Advisory Board Luncheon on April 23. 

Fellow industrial engineering senior Nina Brajovic was selected to receive an Honorable Mention for the award.

 

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“I’m so thankful for the Liszkas for having this endowment, which will help to fund my master’s degree, and I’m very appreciative to have been selected as the recipient of this award.”

 
 

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