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Meet Kate Boardman: An Outstanding Female Engineer

NCE's Outstanding Female Engineer Kate Boardman

After high school, Kate Boardman enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to study photography. While a student at RISD, she took advanced math classes at nearby Brown University, where she took an interest in engineering and mechanics: she began building her own cameras.

After she earned a bachelor of fine arts from RISD, she returned to her hometown, Montclair, and enrolled at NJIT, thinking she’d study her new passion: mechanical engineering.

But another passion -- green technology and alternative energy -- took precedence and she majored instead in electrical engineering. In the summer of 2009, she interned at General Electric, focusing on wind technology.  She hopes to one day work as a wind-technology engineer.

Kate is a scholar in the Albert Dorman Honors College with a 3.8 grade-point average. She has five endowed scholarship and belongs to three engineering honor societies. She writes for the Honors College newsletter as well as for the student newspaper, the Vector.  She volunteers to build houses with Habitat for Humanity and she reads to inner-city children.

At NJIT, she tutors electrical and computer engineering students. But she is best known for her work with Engineers Without Borders, the award-winning student group.  As vice president of the group, she has travelled to Haiti to help residents get clean drinking water.  To honor her myriad achievements, the Newark College of Engineering (NCE) recently gave Kate the Madame Mau Outstanding Female Engineering Award.

She’s a student with an engineer’s mind, an artist’s eye, and a humanitarian’s heart.  And as such she has the potential to develop renewable energy and, thereby, to change our world.

(Robert Florida, University Web Services)