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The Inaugural Class

Congratulations to the inaugural class of ELATE on an exceptional year.

2013 ELATE Class 

L to R, back row:

Linda Franzoni, Ph.D.
Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University

Jacqueline A. Isaacs, Ph.D.
Northeastern University College of Engineering

Karen Anne Moxon, Ph.D.
Drexel University School of Biomedical
Engineering, Science, and Health Systems 

Keri Cervantes Hornbuckle, Ph.D.
University of Iowa College of Engineering

Margaret Beth Bailey, Ph.D., P.E.
Rochester Institute of Technology
The Kate Gleason School of Engineering

Amy S. Fleischer, Ph.D.
Villanova University College of Engineering

L to R, sitting:

Terri Anne Camesano, Ph.D.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
Department of Engineering

Eugenia Victoria Ellis, Ph.D., A.I.A.
Drexel University College of Engineering

Alyssa Panitch, Ph.D.
Purdue University College of Engineering

Monica Brockmeyer, Ph.D.
Wayne State University
College of Engineering

Justine Cassell, Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon University
School of Computer Science


The 2012-2013 class completed their fellowship year with
graduation on Saturday, March 16, 2013. 


Drexel University President John A. Fry was unable to attend the graduation ceremony, but sent remarks. View them in entirety here. Some highlights:

On behalf of everyone at Drexel University, I congratulate this year’s outstanding group of ELATE Fellows.
This experience began with a spark you recognized in yourself, something unique that made you aspire to leadership. But even more than that spark, what sets you apart is the commitment you made to develop yourself as a leader.

The impact of your commitment will ripple out through academic engineering and the other fields in which you specialize, fields that will be immeasurably enriched by a new generation of woman leaders. And your commitment will inspire and pave the way for those women and men who will view you as role models and follow in your footsteps.

So congratulations and thank you for taking this journey with Drexel and ELATE. 

I hope that our graduating fellows found ELATE to be a life-changing experience, and that they will stay connected to the program, and take the opportunity to mentor future participants. Thank you, and best wishes for the future.

The graduation speech was delivered by Alice Gast, Ph.D., President of Lehigh University. View the speech in its entirety here. Some highlights:

Lessons in Leadership

I’m pleased to be here today to help you celebrate the inaugural class of ELATE Fellows. I feel a specialDr. Alice Gast kinship with all of you, Margaret, Monica, Terri, Justine, Gena, Amy, Linda, Keri, Jackie, Karen and Alyssa. We twelve share a common bond.

We are woman scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. We have experienced the joys, and the challenges, that come from taking the path less traveled. And we share some of the same goals. We want the path we took to be more heavily traveled. We want to encourage talented women, and men, to study math, science and engineering. Not because we did. But because we know how important it is to the future of our country and our world.

We also, perhaps, share a feeling that we didn’t really seek out leadership but we became leaders rather indirectly. We aimed to be the best scientists and engineers we could be, and, at some point, by doing that, by focusing on what we do well, we became leaders.  

There are many women to whom we owe so much. Some are famous, like Ellen Swallow Richards, Gerty Cori and Grace Murray Cooper. Others are just as important, but remembered in the hearts and minds of the students and colleagues they touched, rather than in history books. We are the beneficiaries of their collective legacy.

As you return to your home institutions, celebrating your achievement as a Fellow of ELATE, it is important to reflect on the responsibilities we carry.

It is our responsibility to build upon what we have been given by those who came before us.

It is our responsibility to develop and nurture future generations of students interested in engineering and science.

It is our responsibility to be the best we can be at our life’s work – Martin Luther King Jr. exhorts us: “Whatever your life's work is, do it well.”

Howard Gardner says that great leaders provide leadership in two principal ways: through the stories they tell, and through the kind of lives they lead. I think about the leaders I look up to and how their examples serve as a guide. I also think about how, sometimes, you find out you have served as a guide or role model when you least expected it.

As you return to your universities, I hope that you will continue to strive to be great leaders. I hope that you will continue to find ways of creating excitement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math. I hope that, one day, you will look back on your career and say to yourself: I made a difference, I left my mark, I touched lives, I helped others to journey on the path less taken.

Thank you.


Congratulations again to the entire class, and thank you to everyone who helped to make this inaugural class a success!