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1876  Elizabeth Bragg graduates from Berkeley as a Civil Engineer the first woman graduate

1894  Julia Morgan graduates from the College of Mechanics

1900-40  In 40 years, only 2 women earn engineering degrees

1940-50  With the onset of World War II, thirteen women receive engineering degrees from Berkeley

1950-60  Fourteen women graduate with engineering degrees from Berkeley

1969  Kawthar Zaki earns the first doctorate in Electrical Engineering, now Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland

1976  Susan L. Graham appointed Asst. Professor of Computer Sciences

1977  WICSE is founded by graduate students in Computer Science, including Paula Hawthorn, Diane McEntyre, Barbara Simons, Mary Ann Niemat, and others

1978  "Working in Engineering and Computer Science: A Conference for Women" attracts 800 women and launches a women's program in engineering

1980  "Options in Engineering: A Conference for Women Students" sponsored by WICSE, College of Engineering, and Women's Center

1981  Dorit S. Hochbaum appointed as Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Business. She also holds a joint appointment in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

1982  "Options in Engineering and Science: A Conference for Women Students" sponsored by WICSE, SWE, College of Engineering

1983  Fiona M. Doyle appointed Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Minerals Engineering

1983  Computer Science Reentry Program established at Berkeley in the Computer Science Division

1984  Alice M. Agogino appointed Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering

1984  The Office of Women and Graduate Students of Color in Engineering, (WGSCE), which was established by the College of Engineering in 1985 due to a growing national concern that few women and minorities were choosing engineering as a course of study

1987  WICSE Tenth Anniversary Conference and Celebration: The First Decade: The Next Decade," Professor Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT, Keynote Speaker

1988  Avideh Zakhor appointed Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering

1989  Laura A. Demsetz appointed Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering

1991  Lisa Alvarez-Cohen appointed Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering

1991  WICSE "Forum on Women in Academia"

1992  Katherine A. Yelick appointed Assistant Professor in Computer Sciences

1992  Association of Undergraduate Women in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (AUWICSEE) founded in EECS by women undergraduates; office space allocated in Cory Hall

1992  Lisa A. Pruitt appointed Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering

1992  Jasmina L. Vujic appointed Assistant Professor in Nuclear Engineering

1993  Computer Science Professor Susan Graham elected to the National Academy of Engineering

1993  Candace A. Yano appointed as Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

1993  "Women in Engineering Conference at Berkeley" sponsored by WICSE, Intel Foundation, EECS Department, College of Engineering, and attracts 300 participants

1994  Claudia Ostertag appointed as Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

1994  EECS Faculty pass the Parent Policy allowing graduate student parents to modify their academic program

1994  Berkeley EECS sends 12 EECS students to Grace Murray Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Washington, D.C.

1994  Alice Agogino appointed Associate Dean of Special Programs in the College of Engineering

1995  Candace Yano appointed as Department Chair of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. She is the first women department chair in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley.

1996  The total number of undergraduate women enrolled into the College in 1996 was 483, or 20.5% of the undergraduate total which is slightly higher than that of the national average of 19%.

1996  Tsu-Jae King appointed as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

1996  Iris D. Tommelein appointed as Acting Associate Professor in Civil Engineering.

1996  Constance Chang-Hasnain appointed as Professor in Electrical Engineering

1996  Jasmina L. Vujic wins the 1996-1997 Prytanean Alumnae Award. Given annually to an Assistant Professor who serves as an exceptional role model to women.

1997  Lisa A. Pruitt wins the 1997-1998 Prytanean Alumnae Award. Given annually to an Assistant Professor who serves as an exceptional role model to women.

1997  The Julia Morgan Engineering Program (JMEP) was established to promote all students to achieve their potential and to provide educational materials about the contributions of women in engineering

1997  The number of freshman women who are enrolling into the College for Fall 1997 is 23% of the entering class.

1997  Mechanical Engineering Professor Alice Agogino elected to the National Academy of Engineering

1998  Xu Liang appointed Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering

1998  Professor Alice Agogino named to the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Chair in Mechanical Engineering. The Hughes Chair, established by Cal alumna Elizabeth Hughes in 1991, honors her late husband, Roscoe T. "Bud" Hughes, ME '42, the co-founder of Hexcel Corporation, a manufacturer of honeycomb and advanced fiber composites.

1998  Professor Fiona Doyle named to the Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering. The late Prof. McLaughlin was associated with the University of California as a student, professor, dean of the College of Engineering, and chair of the Board of Regents during his 93 years. McLaughlin Hall is named in his honor. Homestake Mining Company, which he led as president and later chairman of the board, provided the lead gift to establish the chair in 1988.

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