SAE International has honored Barbara E. Mizdail, UA alumna and senior lecturer in the mechanical engineering department at Pennsylvania State University, with the 2014 Excellence in Engineering Education Award.
A Pioneering Woman at UA
“I had a pretty interesting career and it all started at the U of A!” said Mizdail, who received her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1972.
Mizdail was the first female president of the UA Engineering Council. She was also a member of the first pledge class for the nation's first engineering sorority, Beta Rho Delta, which was founded at UA in 1967. "Back then only about half of a percent of engineers were women. ... It was a big deal to start an engineering sorority,” she said.
She remembers her undergraduate days fondly.
“At the end of the year during Engineers Week, we always had a tug of war with the agriculture college, and one year we had the rope hooked up to a Jeep so we pulled all the aggies in the mud.”...