In 1930, Edythe R. Raabe, with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, became the first alumna of NCE. Others soon followed in her footsteps. These first alumnae were trail blazers; a special group of individuals who were determined to become engineers and scientists at a time when such aspirations were too often actively discouraged. Earning their degrees sixty years ago or more, these women did much more than follow challenging paths toward personal success. Confronting the gender prejudice placed in the way of realizing their educational and professional goals, they helped to move society toward dismantling other barriers, including those erected because of culture and race.
Today, some 25 percent of NJIT students are women; higher than the national average for all technological universities in the United States. An even higher percentage of exceptionally talented young women are enrolled in the Albert Dorman Honors College. They are preparing for careers across the full spectrum of scientific disciplines.
When the pioneer of scientific management Dr. Lillian Moller Gilbreth became the first female professor to teach at Newark College of Engineering in the 1940s, women were notably absent from administrative positions as well as the classroom. This, too, has changed at NJIT. Women are now leading members of our academic departments, administrative offices, and governing boards.