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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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