Women in EMS program receives ABET award

August 23, 2016
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis – The Women in Engineering, Mathematics and Science Program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is one of just three national recipients of the Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity presented by ABET, which currently accredits 3,569 programs at 714 universities and colleges in 29 countries.

The award is presented to recognize United States-based educational institutions, individuals, associations and firms for extraordinary success in achieving diversity in the technology segments of society.

“To be recognized by the engineering accrediting agency is such an honor,” said Tammy Salmon-Stephens, director of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Student Success Programs at UW-Platteville. “I have watched our engineering programs successfully navigate the rigorous ABET accreditation process several times. Receiving this award provides validation of our work and also places emphasis on the importance of diversity initiatives in the engineering profession. It feels great to be acknowledged for achieving success by an organization that is responsible for accreditation.”

The WEMS program at UW-Platteville began more than 20 years ago with one part-time employee. According to Dr. Molly Gribb, dean of the College of EMS at UW-Platteville, it is now a critical component of the college’s Students Success Programs that include a study center, pre-college outreach and college student retention components – all of which are primarily supported by grants and donations.

Among the highlights that stood out to the award selection committee was the fact that the number of women enrolled in the college since 2010 has risen 72 percent.

In addition, WEMS advised and supported the UW-Platteville Society of Women Engineers Region H Conference bid and implementation. The student-led conference brought almost 700 women to campus earlier this year.

The WEMS pre-college initiatives are designed to foster curiosity, encourage exploration and develop and maintain interest in STEM in middle- and high-school aged women.

“I am delighted that ABET has recognized the transformational nature of the Women in Engineering, Mathematics and Science program at UW-Platteville,” said Gribb. “Tammy Salmon-Stephens, along with her exceptional professional staff, Kim Sargent, and Jaclyn Esqueda, are deeply committed to improving the climate and academic support for all students in the College of EMS. They have done a fantastic job with the WEMS program in particular. I am very proud of their accomplishments.”

“We are extremely fortunate to have these winners as part of the ABET family,” said Michael Milligan, ABET executive director and CEO. “Each of them has worked tirelessly and achieved a tremendous level of success improving the quality of technical education worldwide and increasing access to higher education for all. Their recognition for excellence and commitment is well deserved.”

ABET will confer the award at the ABET Awards Gala in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday, Oct. 28. For more information about the award, visit www.abet.org/about-abet/awards/.

ABET accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels.

Written by: Dan Wackershauser, Communications Specialist, Communications, 608-342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu


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