WPI Honored by WEPAN with National Engineers Week 'Girl Day' Award

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- April 20, 2005 -- The Diversity and Women's Programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) received the National Engineers Week Award from WEPAN (Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates Network) for significant contributions to Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Girl Day, as it is commonly known, is a national program aimed at encouraging young girls in their pursuit of science, math and engineering. WEPAN is a founding partner of Girl Day. WPI is an institutional member of WEPAN.

WPI received the award at the annual WEPAN conference last week in Las Vegas. Professor of mechanical engineering Isa Bar-On accepted the award on behalf of WPI and Stephanie L. Blaisdell, director of the university's Diversity and Women's Programs.

WPI was one of the first institutions to participate in Girl Day, and hosted its fifth annual celebration on February 17, 2005, as part of Engineers Week 2005. During this half-day program, approximately 60 9th to 11th grade girls and their parents or teachers visited the WPI campus to learn about engineering and related careers. They met with female WPI students and engineering professionals, toured labs, and participated in an engineering design activity.


WEPAN's mission is to catalyze change that will lead to the enhanced success of all women engineers in academic and professional settings. It has over 600 members from nearly 200 engineering schools, companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations, and nonprofit organizations. A national nonprofit educational organization, WEPAN, is headquartered in Denver. WEPAN's annual conference was held April 10-13, 2005, in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.wepan.org.