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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.
Susan Whatley was a role model for women combining family and career as well as for re-entry women seeking additional education and new career paths. She worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its various affiliates for 28 years, starting as a stenographer and retiring in 1988 as Program Manager of the Transportation Operations Program Support Office of the Department of Energy’s Office of Civilian and Radioactive Waste Management.
Susan joined SWE in 1976 to meet other women engineers and to encourage future generations of engineers. She served the Smoky Mountain Section as president and section representative. At the Society level, Susan was Chair of the Statistics and Student Affairs Committee, Director for Student Affairs, Second Vice President, and SWE President. In 1983, she was named a SWE Distinguished New Engineering, receiving the award at the same annual conference in which she was installed as Second Vice President. Susan served as SWE President from 1985 to 1986, leading the organization through a challenging time of restructuring. In 1992, she became a SWE Fellow.
The scholarship is worth $1,250.