Barrella Awarded Grant
In March, Dr. Elise Barrella was awarded the Mara H. Wasburn Early Engineering Educator Grant by the Women in Engineering Division (WIED) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The Early Engineering Educator Grant recognizes and supports women at the launch point of their engineering education career. Nominees are evaluated on their record of achievement, current contributions and potential for future contributions to engineering education, and demonstrated commitment to increasing access, retention and/or advancement of women in engineering. Since joining JMU Engineering in August 2012, Dr. Barrella has been involved in engineering outreach activities like the STEM Explorations Academy and Expanding Your Horizons conference to attract middle school and high school students to engineering. She sees the importance of attracting and retaining engineering students who can contribute to diversity of thought, perspective, and skills in engineering professions. She also supports and mentors students already in the JMU engineering program through capstone projects and scholarly research in the areas of transportation and sustainability. Dr. Barrella strives to be a model for her students and promote a holistic education which engages them in classroom learning, research or work experience, and service to the profession and community.