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Congratulations Betsy Dell, AdvanceRIT Co-PI

Congratulations Betsy Dell, AdvanceRIT Co-PI

Congratulations to Betsy Dell on her recent nomination for Digital Rochester's Technology Woman of the Year award.

Professor Betsy Dell, co-PI, serves on the project's leadership team and coordinates the project's Connectivity Series. The Connectivity Seriesincludes seminars, workshops, panel discussions, etc. for faculty and Department Heads to strengthen core competencies, effectively build networks and leverage resources. She is also involved on the Work Life Integration and Dual Career Program Committees.

Professor Dell is an associate professor in the Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology department at RIT. She has been at RIT since 2006 and previously worked in industry as a Materials Development and Product Design Engineer for Toyota, General Motors and Delphi. Her research interests include: characterization of biodegradable plastics and environmental consideration in materials selection for production design, the impact of technology paired with active learning pedagogies on student learning, and effective strategies for increasing gender diversity in STEM disciplines.

Professor Dell served as the Paul A. Miller Endowed Professor and Director of Women in Technology from 2010-2013. While she was Director, Women in Technology received the national "Women in Engineering Program of the Year" award from Women in Engineering Pro-Advocates Network in 2012. Also in 2012, Professor Dell received RIT's Edwina award, which recognizes significant efforts to promote gender diversity at RIT. She is the Director and Principal Investigator for the NSF sponsored COMETS scholarship program. This project aims to increase the gender diversity of the engineering technology programs at RIT through financial assistance and academic and social support.