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100 Years of Women in Engineering
In 1923, Katherine Owens Hayden P'48 became the first woman to earn an engineering degree from Bucknell University. During an era when coeducational classrooms — nevermind engineering labs — were a rarity, Hayden's accomplishment marks a progressive feat. Her willingness to defy the norm, persist through challenges and break new ground demonstrates a mindset that Bucknell’s College of Engineering faculty, administrators and students embrace and embody today.
In the 100 years since Hayden's graduation, Bucknell has actively worked to broaden the story of who is successful in engineering. Today, women comprise nearly one-third of Bucknell College of Engineering students, compared to just 24% nationally. To ensure all our students thrive, there is an understanding that the educational experience needs to go beyond acquiring knowledge and developing technical skills. At Bucknell, engineering students receive hands-on, meaningful learning opportunities within an empowering environment, and that experience builds a foundation that carries them into successful, fulfilling careers. These ongoing efforts to advance inclusion and representation will ensure the College of Engineering's legacy of excellence for the next 100 years — and beyond.
Leading the Way
In the 100 years since its first woman engineering graduate, Bucknell strives to equip all students with the skills and confidence to thrive.
Learn more about the evolution of engineering at Bucknell.
Engineering the Future — For Good
Bucknell alumnae are helping to build essential infrastructure, deliver vital solutions to industries and communities, and educate the next generation.
Meet alumnae making an impact in industry, academia and society.
Claiming Their Place in Engineering
Excelling in Engineering
The Guatemala native is studying sustainable building design with an aim to help the environment flourish.
Cindy Cortez '24, Civil Engineering
The problem-solving skills Herrmann honed at Bucknell serve her well as a NASA flight director.
Kelsey Herrmann '09, Mechanical Engineering
Jablonski wants students from all backgrounds to know they can be successful on a college campus.
Professor Erin Jablonski, Chemical Engineering