WISELI Program awarded 2011 WEPAN's Women in Engineering Program Award

Updated: May 09, 2011

News Release
May 9, 2011
For Immediate Release

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The Women in Engineering Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison Receives WEPAN Women in Engineering Program Award
The Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) at University of Wisconsin-Madison is a model for other WIE organizations.

Denver, May 9, 2011 –

WEPAN’s Women in Engineering Program Award recognizes an outstanding Women in Engineering program that serves as a model for other institutions. The award will be presented Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at the WEPAN National Conference in Bellevue, Washington. WEPAN awards serve to continuously raise the bar for extraordinary service, significant achievement, model programs, notable achievement in research, and exceptional work environments that augment the success of women engineers.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s WISELI (Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute) program has been a national leader in Institutional Transformation efforts with regard to increasing the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering since 2002.

WISELI concentrates efforts at the faculty level, aiming to diversify faculties and academic leadership not only so that women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pipeline have role models and mentors, which will encourage them to pursue careers in STEM, but also because the loss of women at the faculty and leadership levels of STEM is a waste of talent and human capital, as well as a personal loss to the women who drop out of these careers. A National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant provided WISELI with the startup funds to create and implement many new and innovative workshops, grant programs, and research projects. As early as June 2005, WISELI has been disseminating these programs to universities, colleges, technical colleges, professional societies, and other groups across the U.S., and even the world. We have reached over 100 different universities with our materials and our workshops.

About the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)
WEPAN is the nation's leading organization and catalyst for transforming culture in engineering education to promote the success of all women.


  • mobilizes diverse, inclusive, and collaborative stakeholders
  • fosters diversity in engineering graduates, our innovators of tomorrow
  • inspires a network of advocates to empower and advance the education of women pursuing engineering and related disciplines
  • translates research into practice and develops national models to attract and retain women in engineering

Founded in 1990, WEPAN helps meet strategic engineering workforce demand by promoting the success of girls and women who traditionally have not pursued engineering—an untapped national resource.

WEPAN’s National Conference
This flagship event is an important annual forum for ideas and a venue for conversations among women in engineering leaders, corporate advocates, researchers, academic leaders, and government officers to:

  • Gain access to current research, statistics, and best practices on women in engineering.
  • Build corporate-campus networks with WIE professionals from across the country.
  • Recognize excellence by honoring key individuals, programs, and corporations for accomplishments aligned with WEPAN's mission.

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