Saint Martin's Professor Named SWE Distinguished Engineering Educator
October 16, 2009
Lacey, Washington – On October 16, The Society of
Women Engineers (SWE) will name Saint Martin’s University professor
Amanie Abdelmessih, Ph.D. as the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished
Engineering Educator Award. She is recognized for dedication to
engineering education, for encouraging students to excel during their
college careers and beyond, and for creativity in thermal engineering
Dr. Abdelmessih is a professor for the Department of
Mechanical Engineering at Saint Martin’s University, where she received
tenure in 2001.
“Dr. Abdelmessih is an outstanding educator and
scholar, and is a dedicated mentor as Saint Martin University’s
Collegiate Section advisor,” says Nora Lin, SWE president.
Dr. Abdelmessih began her career as a process
engineer in the paper industry, but transitioned to a teaching career
during a graduate assistantship at Oklahoma State University, where she
performed research in the area of heat transfer and earned her Ph.D. in
chemical engineering, with minor in mechanical engineering. Following
her doctoral studies, Dr. Abdelmessih accepted an assistant professor
position at Northrop University teaching graduate and undergraduate
mechanical engineering students. In 1997, she joined Saint Martin’s as
an associate professor, where she created and taught three
undergraduate-level courses, and continually updates a variety of other
“Dr. Abdelmessih revolutionizes the undergraduate
experience through assisting student research and publication
opportunities,” says Jocelyne Gray, water resource engineer for Public
Utility District 1 of Mason County, Washington and a Saint Martin's
student. “She expands the experiences of SWE collegiate members through
continual encouragement and support, and unique networking
Dr. Abdelmessih joined SWE as a graduate student at
Oklahoma State University. As the SWE-Saint Martin’s Collegiate Section
advisor, she encourages students to expand their horizons with SWE,
including developing relationships with the South Puget Sound
professional members and embarking upon SWE leadership positions at the
local and regional levels.
Dr. Abdelmessih received the 2001 Outstanding
Faculty Award from the Monks of St. Martin’s Abbey, and colleagues
elected her as a Society of Fellows member in 2005. A published author,
Dr. Abdelmessih has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, and
has presented her research at national and international conferences.
The Distinguished Engineering Educator Award is
presented to a woman engineering educator who has demonstrated
excellence in teaching and research, and has made significant
contributions to the engineering profession. This year’s Distinguished
Engineering Educator Award will be presented on October 16 at WE09, the
Society’s annual conference, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long
Beach, California. More than 5,000 attendees include collegians and
professionals from the industry, government and academia.
About Saint Martin’s University: Saint Martin’s
University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational
university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington.
Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the
University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the
United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains.
Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through
its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts,
business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250
students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus,
and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army
Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College, and
Tacoma Community College.
About SWE: The Society of Women Engineers (SWE),
founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service
organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a
highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to
succeed and advance in those aspirations and receive the recognition and
credit for their life-changing contributions and achievements as
engineers and leaders. For more information about the Society please
visit www.swe.org or call 312-596-5223.
For additional information:
Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of Communications & Marketing