ELATE Class of 2017-2018

2017-18 class pic

The incoming class for ELATE at Drexel Class of 2017-2018 included 26 experienced and diverse women faculty from 23 different institutions across the country and Canada. Each was nominated by her dean or provost and will contribute to institutional initiatives as she expands her leadership skills.

“We are thrilled to welcome a new class of women leaders in biology, computer science, engineering, health science, and physics for 2017-18 Fellowship Year," said Koren A Bedeau, PhD, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives at Drexel University. "With each new class, ELATE is not only making a difference in the professional lives of participants, but the program is continually expanding the national network of leaders and supporters of women in academic STEM leadership.

M. Brian Blake, PhD, Executive Vice President and Provost, noted his pride in the program: “I am so pleased that Drexel University will again host a new cohort of ELATE Fellows this year, continuing our efforts at advancing women in academic leadership across the country. I am also grateful for the administrative leaders who will mentor fellows, and really partner with us to offer executive training that yields positive impacts for all institutions.”

2017-2018 ELATE at Drexel Fellows

Jennifer Barton, PhD
University of Arizona, College of Engineering

Valeria Bertacco, PhD
University of Michigan, College of Engineering

Melissa Bilec, PhD
University of Pittsburg, School of Engineering

Caroline Cao, PhD
Wright State University, College of Engineering

Dilma Da Silva, PhD
Texas A&M University, College of Engineering

Theda Daniels-Race, PhD

Louisiana State University, College of Engineering

Lucy Flesch, PhD
Purdue University, College of Science

Lisa Gieg, PhD
University of Calgary, Faculty of Science

K. Jane Grande-Allen, PhD
Rice University, School of Engineering

Jocelyn Grozic, PhD
University of Calgary, School of Engineering

Susan Hallbeck, PhD
Mayo Clinic, Health Care Systems Engineering

Christine Julien, PhD
University of Texas, School of Engineering

Maeve McCarthy, PhD
Murray State University, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Victoria Meller, PhD
Wayne State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Adrienne Minerick, PhD
Michigan Technological University, College of Engineering

Rita Patterson, PhD
University of North Texas, Health Science Center, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jenna L. Rickus, PhD
Purdue University, College of Engineering

Caroline Schauer, PhD
Drexel University, College of Engineering

Jelena Srebric, PhD
University of Maryland, School of Engineering

Mitra Taheri, PhD
Drexel University, College of Engineering

Bridget Wadzuk, PhD
Villanova University, College of Engineering

Suzanne Weekes, PhD
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mathematical Sciences

Rebecca K. Willits, PhD
University of Akron, College of Engineering

Gillian Wilson, PhD
University of California, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Alenka Zajic, PhD
Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jessica Zhang, PhD
Carnegie Mellon University, College of Engineering



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