A Quartet of Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Named Professorships

Carol Handwerker was named the Reinhardt Schuhmann, Jr. Distinguished Professor in the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Before joining Purdue in 2005, she worked for 21 years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Dr. Handwerker is a graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where she majored in art history. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in ceramics from the department of materials science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Young-joo Lee was appointed the Eileen Lamb O’Gara Chair in Women’s Philanthropy at Indiana University. She previously was a professor and nonprofit management director in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Lee’s research examines women’s leadership in the nonprofit sector, including the factors behind the gender gap in nonprofit leadership.

Professor Lee is a graduate of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She earned a master of public affairs degree at the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from the University of Georgia.

Sharon Dutrow is the inaugural holder of the John and Anne Swearingen Endowed Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. She is an expert in thermodynamics and property methods, statistical mechanics-based equations of state, and modeling transport systems.

Dr. Dutrow earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Florida State University. She holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Audrey Kurth Cronin was named the Trustees Professor of Security and Technology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She will also serve as the founding director of the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Security and Technology. Prior to her current post, she was a Distinguished Professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and the founding director of the Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology at the university. Earlier, she served as faculty member and director of war and statecraft at the U.S. National War College. Her latest book is Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow’s Terrorists (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Dr. Cronon is a graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in public and international affairs. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in international affairs from the University of Oxford in England.

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