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For more than seven decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Their organization is centered around a passion for our members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties.
Betty Lou Bailey was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She graduated with University Honors from the University of Illinois in 1950 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and from the Penn State Graduate Center in King of Prussia with a M. Eng. in Engineering Science in 1967. At the University of Illinois, she graduated in the top three percent of her class of 700 and was the only female in the class. Betty Lou also was an active environmentalist, traveler, avid canoeist, cyclist, and hiker.
Betty Lou worked for the General Electric Company (GE) throughout her professional career. She joined GE on a rotating-assignment program for new engineers that took her to Schenectady, NY as well as Erie and Philadelphia, PA. Though Betty Lou originally planned to focus her engineering talents on household appliances, her experience as a test engineer led her to realize that she liked turbines more than refrigerators. After completing the new-engineer program, she went to the GE Large Jet Engine Department in Evandale, Ohio and then to the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady before transferring to the Spacecraft Department in King of Prussia in 1961, where she worked on the Nimbus weather satellite and the Manned Orbiting Laboratory program.
The scholarship is worth $2,000.