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23 women join Engineering at Illinois faculty; number grows by a third

23 women join Engineering at Illinois faculty; number grows by a third


Since December 2013, a record number of women have joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering. When they arrive on campus, Engineering at Illinois’ faculty will include 23 more women.

That’s half of the new faculty joining the ranks in that time period. It increases the number of women professors in the college by more than a third.

“Illinois is one of Top 10 colleges educating the most women engineers in the nation. We’re thrilled that our number of women faculty members is growing precipitously to reflect that,” said Andreas Cangellaris, dean of the College of Engineering.

“These are top-flight researchers and educators, who’ll be making a tremendous impact in their fields and on their students as soon as they arrive.”

The number of women engineering students has also grown significantly in recent years. More than 355 women plan to enter Engineering at Illinois as undergraduates in the fall—an increase of 27 percent in the last two years alone.

Details on Illinois’ new faculty

  • Since December 2013, Engineering at Illinois has added 46 new faculty members including 23 women.
  • Every department in the College has added new faculty.
  • Mechanical Science and Engineering will add the most new women faculty members, with six.
  • The College has expanded its faculty consistently in recent years, with a net increase of about 35 new faculty members since 2010.
  • The College plans to add another 40 to 50 faculty over the next five years.