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.
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.
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Rochester’s first women engineering graduates challenged long-held stereotypes by pursuing “unfeminine sounding subjects”. Read more...
Women Who Made a Difference
Discover the remarkable stories of women who have contributed to engineering and computer science at the University. Read more...
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...
Women comprised nearly one-third of full-time engineering undergraduates in fall 2018.
In 2017, the Department of Computer Science’s graduating class was 34 percent female—double the national average.
Half of the faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering are women—well above the national average.
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