Following a distinguished career as a mechanical, structural, and environmental engineer, Anne Lucietto, Ph.D., F.SWE, returned to academia to nurture and support the next generation of engineers. Dr. Lucietto earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University, researching the undergraduate student experience through her dissertation, titled “The Role of Academic Ability in Choice of Major and Persistence in STEM Fields.” She is currently assistant professor of engineering technology at Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute, where she focuses on sustainable energy and engineering education.
Dr. Lucietto has spent the last decade studying how engineering education can be shaped and influenced to increase retention and graduation rates, especially for female engineering students, and encouraging women to pursue graduate studies. She is a role model and mentor, taking the time to listen to and counsel her students. Her prior industry experience — ranging from senior project manager and manufacturing engineering supervisor roles at Caterpillar, to mechanical systems engineering operations and management at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, as well as other positions — has informed her perspective and enriched her classrooms.
A SWE Fellow, in 2008, Dr. Lucietto and her father, Ledo Lucietto, discussed their love of mechanical engineering in a StoryCorps interview that aired on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. During the heartwarming exchange, Ledo told Anne, “You followed my footsteps and I thought it was great.”
Who Are the Women Engineers We Should Know?
Quite often, those who are behind the scenes and out of the limelight make real change in the workplace and in our communities. It is our intention to recognize such women and make their efforts better known in our SWE Magazine series “Women Engineers You Should Know.”
Casting a wide net, SWE Magazine staff and editorial board members seek contemporary women whose lives have embodied the Society’s mission to: “Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force for improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.”
Through a variety of means, including fielding suggestions and conducting archival research, we will examine the stories of many women who have made a difference in these critical areas. Determining a final list is a daunting challenge, and our selections are in no way meant to be definitive. While some names you may recognize, many are not recognizable to most people. From a variety of perspectives, in different environments and moments in time, these women represent “ordinary” when doing “extraordinary” things. In saluting them, we are saluting all the women, known and unknown, past and present, who have advanced our mission.
Nominate women engineers to know for our next article. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 28, 2018. Submit nominations here.
With each submission, please include the following.
- Nominee info: name, why her, links supporting your nomination, areas of expertise, where is she located
- Nominator info: name, email, how you know the nominee
Thanks for your help, and look for the Spring 2019 issue of SWE Magazine.