For nearly 25 years while serving in major leadership roles, Jill S. Tietjen has encouraged women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In keeping with this practice, Tietjen will present, “Breaking the Mold: Women Scientists and Engineers,” on March 1, 2007 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in Torgersen Hall, room 2150 at Virginia Tech. A reception will immediately follow in 1100 Torgersen.

Tietjen’s lecture is in conjunction with the current display, “Petticoats and Slide Rules,” about the history of women engineers in the United States, on exhibit in the lobby of Hancock Hall and on loan from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Tietjen is a consulting electrical engineer and expert witness for electric utilities and resides in Denver, Colo. She is also an outside director for the Georgia Transmission Corporation. Tietjen serves as president and CEO of her firm, Technically Speaking, Inc. She was previously the assistant vice president for Stone & Webster Management Consultants in Denver. Other previous employers include Mobil Oil Corporation and Duke Power Company.

Tietjen is a Fellow and past national president of the SWE and received its Distinguished Service Award in 2002 for her dedication to increasing the number of women in engineering and enhancing the recognition of their accomplishments. She currently chairs the board of the Girl Scouts, the Mile High Council.

Tietjen has published four books, including an introduction to engineering textbook titled, “Keys to Engineering Success,” published in 2001.

Tietjen received her bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia and her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Tietjen is a Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumni member.

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