- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014





University of San Diego Engineering Professor Honored for Research to

Promote Diversity

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — University of San

Diego Electrical Engineering Professor Susan M. Lord, whose research

has contributed significantly to the study and promotion of diversity

in engineering education, has been chosen as an IEEE (Institute of

Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Fellow for 2015.

The honor recognizes her “professional leadership and contributions to

engineering education” and is given annually to less than one out of

every thousand IEEE members.

“We are thrilled to see Dr. Lord receive this prestigious recognition

for her innovative work in engineering education,” said Chell Roberts,

Dean of the University of San Diego’sShiley-Marcos School of

Engineering. “Her work is making a national impact and helping us to

transform education here at USD.”

Since entering college, Lord has been committed to increasing

diversity in engineering particularly supporting women and

underrepresented groups. “Engineers make critical decisions that

affect all aspects of society so it’s vital that members of all our

communities be represented in the field,” Lord said. “I’m honored to

receive this recognition.”

Earlier this fall, Lord also was part of a team that was awarded a

$470,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how to

encourage more veterans to become engineers.

Lord’s work “has shown that persistence measurement methods can lead

to race and gender biases and thus the critical role that institutions

and disciplines play in educational outcomes,” wrote Edwin Jones, Jr.,

professor emeritus at Iowa State University in nominating her for the


Lord is among the first to study Latinos in engineering. In reviewing

her book, “The Borderlands of Education: Latinas in Engineering,”

co-authored with University of San Diego Sociology Professor Michelle

Madsen Camacho, Dr. Donna Riley of Smith College cited her

“groundbreaking work . that will challenge your assumptions about

women and minorities in engineering.”

Lord also was the second woman president of the IEEE Education

Society. Her work in electrical engineering focuses on optoelectronic

materials and devices. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell

University and a master’s and PhD from Stanford University.

The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to

advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of

humanity. The University of San Diego’sShiley-Marcos School of

Engineering is ranked 14th among non-doctoral engineering programs

by U.S. News & World Report. For more information go to


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