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Release: July 19, 2002

UI Alumnus Elected President Of National Engineering Society

Rachel A.B. McQuillen, who received her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Iowa College of Engineering in 1982, has been elected national president of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Her election marks the third time in the past 20 years the organization has been headed by a UI College of Engineering alumnus. The other two UI leaders are: Maggie B. Hickel, who earned her bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1975 and who currently serves as manager of administrative services for 3M Company, St. Paul, Minn.; and Barbara B. Wollmershauser, who earned her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in1975 and is retired team leader for Warren Petroleum, Division of Chevron Corporation, Tulsa, Okla.

UI College of Engineering Dean Barry Butler noted that the extraordinary record of UI leadership at SWE underscores the professionalism and service of all college graduates and the fact that more than 25 percent of undergraduate students at the college are women -- well above the 19 percent national average for engineering.

McQuillen, originally from Iowa City, currently works as a senior transportation engineer, project principal and manager of the Salt Lake City office of Stanley Consultants, Inc. She has long been involved in SWE activities, including chartering and presiding over sections in Iowa and Florida and serving as vice president and now as president of the national organization. She currently works with women engineering students at Brigham Young University. Based in Chicago, SWE has more than 15,000 members.