Today we remember and celebrate the achievements of Denice Denton. The first female Dean of Engineering at a major research university in the United States, Denice was a pioneering leader who significantly advanced the state of research, teaching, mentoring and diversity in engineering and technology across the nation. A powerful and highly effective force for change, Denice was an inspiration and role model to countless engineers and scientists.
The widespread impact that Denice achieved was accomplished through her dedicated efforts at all levels: mentoring of individuals, leading change in her own institution and local community, and serving on influential national committees. Whether working in small or large groups, her bold vision and decisive energy infused her colleagues with the courage to move forward in making the changes needed in engineering and science. While Dean, Denice co-founded the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching at the University of Washington, as well as a multi-institutional Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education, each involving or establishing a model followed by other major research universities including Stanford, Harvard and Princeton.
Denice received many awards and honors including the Presidential Young Investigator Award in Electrical Engineering from the National Science Foundation in 1986, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2004, and the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award in 2006 for her work in developing programs at universities and with neighboring organizations to encourage women and girls to study science, technology, engineering and math. She was a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.