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Hajim Celebration of Women 2020

A celebration of Rochester women in engineering and computer science.

Hajim Celebration of Women 2020

A celebration of Rochester women in engineering and computer science.

Hajim Celebration of Women 2020

A celebration of Rochester women in engineering and computer science.

Hajim Celebration of Women 2020

A celebration of Rochester women in engineering and computer science.

Hajim Celebration of Women 2020

A celebration of Rochester women in engineering and computer science.

2020: A Milestone Year

This year, we’re marking the anniversaries of two important events in the history of women’s rights in the United States: the birth of activist and suffragist Susan B. Anthony 200 years ago, and the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote 100 years ago. As part of a broader University of Rochester celebration, the Hajim School recognizes our first women engineering and computer science graduates, as well as the many women who have contributed to the success of our academic and research programs over the years. Read their profiles here.


Strickland, pictured in her laboratory at the University of Waterloo.

From ‘Laser Jock’ to Nobel Laureate

As a graduate student working in the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Donna Strickland ’89 (PhD) helped develop chirped-pulse amplification (CPA). Since then, CPA technology has paved the way for more compact and precise high-intensity laser systems. In 2018, Strickland and her advisor were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their research. She is now the third woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics—and the first women laureate in Rochester’s history.

(Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)

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Trailblazing Women

Rochester’s first women engineering graduates challenged long-held stereotypes by pursuing “unfeminine sounding subjects”. Read more...

Marie Bessey featured in a newspaper article about women in machine shops.

Women Who Made a Difference

Discover the remarkable stories of women who have contributed to engineering and computer science at the University. Read more...

Diana Nyyssonen

We've Come a Long Way

Enrollments of women engineering undergraduates have increased dramatically – but there’s still work to be done to achieve gender equity. Read more...

Marie Bessey and Norma Doell, first women graduate of engineering at Rochester.

31
percent

Women comprised nearly one-third of full-time engineering undergraduates in fall 2018.

2
times

In 2017, the Department of Computer Science’s graduating class was 34 percent female—double the national average.

50
percent

Half of the faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering are women—well above the national average.


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