The Henry Luce Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce Program has awarded Fairfield a $404,439 grant to create a professorship in engineering for an outstanding woman engineer/scholar.
This grant comes at a time when the need for more young people carving out careers in the sciences and engineering – especially women – has become more urgent in the United States. The professorship will be created in mechanical engineering – the largest department within the School of Engineering.
“Fairfield is poised to provide a supportive environment where the talents of the new scholar will be nurtured,” said University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. “We envision the (professor) excelling in her professional development here, inspiring students along the way.”
The University has begun a national search and hopes to have a candidate in place this fall. The scholar will be an assistant professor on track for tenure and the University is committed to sustaining the professorship after the initial five-year grant distribution.