Colorado State University - Pueblo engineering chair earns Lifetime Achievement Award
PUEBLO – Dr. Jane Fraser, chair of the engineering department at Colorado State University-Pueblo, was honored last week as the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Industrial Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) at its national conference in Louisville, Ky.
As the inaugural recipient of the award, Fraser rose to the top among the nation’s industrial engineering educators who have made significant contributions over an extended period of time to the discipline and the division, and who exemplify the highest standards of the professorate in industrial engineering.
“I am honored to receive this award – and also motivated. As a woman in engineering, I know what it is like to feel discouraged, and this recognition from my national colleagues tells me to continue to help students achieve their best,” Fraser said. “Engineering is a great field – and we have great engineering education right here in Pueblo.”
Criteria for the award included: current or past membership in the industrial engineering professorate, defined as teaching in a university program that offers one or more degrees in industrial engineering; exemplary service to the industrial engineering discipline as chair, head, or program director of a major industrial engineering program, editor, associate editor, reviewer of a peer-reviewed publication in the discipline; or a national reputation for promoting the academic discipline of industrial engineering; exemplary service to the Industrial Engineering Division of ASEE; and a national reputation in industrial engineering through service to the practice of industrial engineering.
Fraser earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Swarthmore College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California at Berkeley. She was an industrial engineering professor at Purdue University and Ohio State for a total of 18 years, before moving to Colorado State University-Pueblo in 1998. She has served as chair of the Department of Engineering at CSU-Pueblo for the past 12 years. Her research areas include decision analysis, probability models, and engineering economy. She has published articles on topics as diverse as probability models to explain legislative behavior, to improve health care decisions, to improve economic decision making as well as improve engineering education.
Her service to ASEE has included stints as Division, Section, and national officer in the American Society for Engineering Education. In addition, she has been a program evaluator for ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Fraser was one of the founding members of the Pueblo Technology Alliance, just one example of the department’s outreach to the local community, schools, businesses, and Colorado community colleges. She also is active in the local business and engineering community as a member of Pueblo Retention and Expansion Program, which focuses on retaining and attracting businesses in Pueblo.
As a woman engineer, Fraser has developed an understanding of what it means to be treated differently and has applied that understanding to help others succeed. She chaired CSU-Pueblo’s Multicultural Council, and she was a member of the Coordinating Committee for Women’s Studies at CSU-Pueblo. She was one of the organizers of Science Day, at which Pueblo area children from the Boys and Girls Clubs spend a Saturday at CSU-Pueblo in hands-on science and engineering activities. She is the CSU-Pueblo coordinator for the Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation and was the Principal Investigator for a $485,000 grant to CSU-Pueblo from the National Science Foundation for scholarships in Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.
CSU-Pueblo has the only industrial engineering program in Colorado, offering Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering and Engineering (with mechatronics specialization), and a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. With its focus on undergraduate education and hands-on education, CSU-Pueblo is among the best undergraduate engineering education in the Colorado.