Three women associated with the University of Kansas School of Engineering are featured on the KU Women of Distinction 2005-2006 calendar.
Marge Heard Franklin, a 1956 aerospace engineering alumnus; Florence Boldridge, director of Diversity Programs in the School of Engineering; and Shannon Sanderson Skoglund, a senior in computer science; were among 19 women recognized for their achievements.
Marge Franklin, the first woman to graduate from KU with a degree in aerospace engineering, is co-owner and principal engineer of Franklin Associates in Prairie Village, Kan. She has nearly 30 years experience in solid waste management, particularly in the areas of waste characterization and recycling. Franklin has been very active in the Solid Waste Processing Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was the first woman to chair that division. For more than 20 years, Franklin held management responsibility for development of material flow methodology for characterizing waste for reports published annually by the Environmental Protection Agency. She has been active in a variety of professional and regional organizations and has tirelessly given her time and talent to the University of Kansas. She serves on the School of Engineering Advisory Board and was the first woman to chair it. She also serves on the schools Diversity Programs Advisory Board. In 2003 Franklin was awarded the schools Distinguished Engineering Service Award.
Florence Boldridge has been director of Diversity Programs at the School of Engineering since 1984. In that role, she advises and guides minority and women engineering students during their time on campus. She oversees the schools Women in Engineering program, which strives to encourage more young women to pursue careers in engineering. In 2004, Boldridge was honored with the University of Kansas Black Faculty and Staff Award. She has also received the InRoads Educational Partnership Award and the AT&T; Partners in Progress Award.
Shannon Sanderson Skoglund is a senior in computer science and Spanish. With an outstanding student record to her credit, Skoglund was selected to be one of 69 Tau Beta Pi Scholars in the United States for the 2005-2006 academic year. The Tau Beta Pi Scholar program awards the honor based on a students high scholarship, campus leadership and service and the promise of future contributions to the engineering profession. Skoglund serves as the vice president of the KU Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and a chapter officer of the Tau Beta Pi. She is a 2001-2002 Chancellors Club Scholar.
Stuart R. Bell, dean of the School of Engineering, on Aug. 22 attended an event to honor Franklin, Boldridge and Skoglund and the other women appearing on the calendar. The School of Engineering is committed to providing a welcoming environment to women who pursue a degree in engineering, long considered a male-dominated field. The school also leads several programs throughout the year to encourage teenage girls to pursue a career in engineering.
Copies of the free calendar are available at several locations on campus, including the Kansas Union Bookstore, the Burge Union Bookstore and the Student Involvement and Leadership Center in the Kansas Memorial Union.