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New Director of Women in Engineering Named

Dr. Christine Valle has been appointed as director of the Women in Engineering (WIE) program for the College of Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Valle, an academic professional in the G. W.Dr. Christine Vallee Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Georgia Tech in mechanical engineering. She also holds a  master’s degree in aerospace engineering from a French “Grande Ecole,” EPF, the first engineering school in France to admit only women.

The Georgia Tech WIE program is dedicated to recruiting top female students into engineering majors and, once enrolled, to ensure the highest level of retention by fostering an environment that encourages curiosity, creativity and intellectual and personal growth. WIE strives to redefine the engineering profession as a positive societal force with the potential to improve the quality of life through the creation of world changing technologies. WIE challenges and inspires women to achieve their fullest potential as engineers and as leaders.

Dr. Valle has taught at Georgia Tech since 2004 both in civil and environmental engineering and mechanical engineering. She has also been on the faculty of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the University of Maine. She spent several years in private industry with the MetLife Group as a business analyst.  While at Tech, Dr. Valle has received numerous awards including an Amelia Earhart Zonta Foundation Fellowship, the Sigma Xi Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, and the CETL Undergraduate Educator Award.

In Fall 2010, the College of Engineering enrolled almost 12,000 students with a female enrollment of more than 2,600. Tech is ranked No. 1 by the American Society for Engineering Education for the number of degrees awarded to women.

For additional information, visit, http://www.coe.gatech.edu/wie.