Day: November 13, 2020

Gretchin Hein Receives Award from SWE

Gretchen Hein (MMET) is the recipient of a major award from the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology.

During ceremonies held online earlier this month, Hein was honored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), with the SWE Outstanding Advisor Award. 

Hein is a senior lecturer in the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology and has served as SWE’s Academic Advisor for many years. In March 2019, Hein attended SWE’s Congressional Outreach Days in Washington, DC where she discussed STEM education and inclusion of underrepresented groups with U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman. 

This is not the first honor bestowed on Hein. In February, she was awarded a Faculty Award at MTU’s 2020 Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards Ceremony. She has been recognized by advising an eCYBERMISSION national winning team by the National Science Teachers Association and in 2017 was named a Positive Female Role Model by Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion. 

Tech Today, posted by the College of Engineering

November 13, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Future faculty are the students at colleges and universities today. The bias in selection for success changes the demographics of potential faculty. The student debt crisis in the United States continues to rise to unprecedented levels with total student debt totalling in excess of $1.5 trillion. The burden of borrowing to finance higher education is not equitably distributed. Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup focuses on the impacts of “Borrowing While Black” and the factors that exacerbate the student debt crisis for Black Students. An emphasis on addressing this crisis can ensure that the benefits of college are more equitably distributed including that future faculty will be more diverse.

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