MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XVI No. 4
February / March 2004
The New President
The New President
Improving Our System
of Faculty Governance
Update on Women Faculty in the
School of Engineering
Recommendations for Improving
Faculty Quality of Life
FRADS Supports Faculty Fundraising
Reminiscences: Fifty Years on the Engineering Faculty
A Formal Recommendation
to the MIT Corporation
The Center for International Studies
The Clinical Research Center
The Operations Research Center
Beyond Fuzzy Definitions of Community:
A Report and an Invitation
Cambridge and MIT:
Exchanging Students, Exchanging Ideas
Information Services & Technololgy (IS&T):
The Focus is on Service
Campus Growth (1985 – Present)
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Update on Women Faculty in the School of Engineering

Lorna J. Gibson

Following the report of the Committee on Women Faculty in the School of Engineering, the School has made substantial progress in hiring women faculty and in appointing women faculty to administrative positions. In 1990, there were 19 women on the faculty in the School of Engineering. At the time we started our study, in the fall of 1999, there were 31. Today, there are 50, making up 14% of the faculty in the School. At the time our committee reported in 2001, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science had particularly low percentages of faculty who were women. Since July 1 of 2002, Mechanical Engineering has hired five women faculty and EECS has hired six.

In addition, there have been several appointments of women faculty to administrative positions in the last few years.

Martha Gray continues as co-director of the Health Sciences and Technology Program. Alice Gast is the vice president for research and associate provost. Barbara Liskov is associate head of EECS and Karen Gleason is the executive officer in Chemical Engineering. A number of women faculty have become leaders of centers: Leona Samson is the director of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences; Linda Griffith is the director of the Biotechnology Process Engineering Center; and Dava Newman heads the Technology and Policy Program. Cindy Barnhart was co-director of the Operations Research Center from 1999 to 2002 and was co-director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics from 2001 to 2003.

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