Saint Martin's Professor Named SWE Distinguished Engineering Educator Award

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 research.

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 courses.

“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 opportunities."

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 or call 312-596-5223.

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