Georgia Tech Names New Women in Engineering Director
Christine Valle has been appointed as the new director of the Women in Engineering program in the Dean’s Office of the College of Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Valle, an academic professional in the G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Georgia Tech in mechanical engineering. She also holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from a French “Grande Ecole,” EPF, the first engineering school in France to admit only women.
The Georgia Tech Women in Engineering program is dedicated to recruiting top female students into engineering majors and, once enrolled, to ensure the highest level of retention by fostering an environment that encourages curiosity, creativity and intellectual and personal growth. The program strives to redefine the engineering profession as a positive societal force with the potential to improve the quality of life through the creation of world changing technologies.
Georgia Tech is home of the largest engineering program in the country and graduates more women engineers than any other institute in the U.S. Since 1990, Georgia Tech has increased the number of women awarded engineering degrees by 70 percent. In Fall 2010, the College of Engineering enrolled almost 12,000 students with a female enrollment of more than 2,600.
Valle has taught at Georgia Tech since 2004 both in civil and environmental engineering and mechanical engineering. She has also been on the faculty of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Maine. She spent several years in private industry with the MetLife Group as a business analyst.
While at Tech, Valle has received numerous awards including an Amelia Earhart Zonta Foundation Fellowship, the Sigma Xi Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, and the CETL Undergraduate Educator Award.
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