Chameau Earns Top Honors from Women Engineers

Provost to receive the 2004 Chipp Memorial Award

A non-profit organization this week honors Jean-Lou Chameau, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, for his efforts to advance the engineering careers of women.

Chameau is to receive the 2004 Distinguished Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The award recognizes Georgia Tech's provost for his "exemplary commitment and sustained leadership in the recruitment, retention and advancement of women engineering students and faculty."

"Dr. Chameau's commitment to promote and advance women in engineering is commendable," SWE President Vi Brown said. "Through his dedication and unwavering support, he has made a significant difference for women engineers and women educators at Georgia Tech."

The Chipp Award will be formally presented Oct. 15 at the SWE's National Conference Achievement Awards Banquet in Milwaukee, Wis. The SWE's National Conference, "Engineers Leading Change," is being held this week at Milwaukee's Midwest Express Center.

"Jean-Lou Chameau's commitment to advancing women in engineering is demonstrated by his remarkable achievements in the hiring and promotion of women engineering faculty," said Don Giddens, dean of Georgia Tech's College of Engineering. "Dr. Chameau also has worked tirelessly to increase the numbers of women engineering students here and to improve the campus environment in ways that encourage their full participation."

In tapping Chameau for the Chipp Award, the SWE cited his many efforts during the past 13 years to encourage women to pursue careers in engineering, in and out of higher education. The society pointed out that, during Chameau's tenure, the number of women engineering faculty at Georgia Tech grew from 16 to 41 between 1996 and 2001.

Also, while Chameau was dean of engineering from 1997 until 2001, seven female faculty received tenure and five were promoted to full professor. Five women also were promoted or hired into chaired positions or professorships.

The SWE also singled out Chameau for his leadership in Georgia Tech's National Science Foundation ADVANCE program and for his office's matching of funds for the Childcare Access Means Parents in School grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which provides 10 mini-grants to Tech students who have children and are in need of child-care assistance.

The Society of Women Engineers, founded in 1950, is a non-profit educational and service organization that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. The SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and receive the recognition and credit for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.