About Women in Engineering

The University of Akron established the Women in Engineering Program in 1993 to recruit more women into engineering disciplines by providing the tools and resources students need to successfully complete their degrees.

The University of Akron is committed to encouraging all students with intellectual capability and an interest in mathematics and science to pursue their dreams, attend college, and productively contribute to an increasingly technological society. The Women in Engineering Program is committed to increasing the quality and quantity of well-educated engineers in the workforce. Funded by The College of Engineering and the Joan and James O. Rhodes Endowment, our program provides several projects designed to both recruit and retain female students.

Meet the Director

Heidi Cressman

Ms. Heidi Cressman
Director, Women In Engineering
College of Engineering
Auburn Science and Engineering Center, Room 205
Tel: 330-972-7701
Fax: 330-972-5162
Email: hec9@uakron.edu

Heidi Cressman is a graduate of the University of Akron with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to coming to the University, she worked for the Will-Burt Company in Orrville, Ohio, where she was granted two patents as a Design Engineer for the telescoping mast division. In addition, she worked as a Project Engineer for Air Enterprises, a custom manufacturer of air handling units located in Akron, Ohio. She is married with three daughters, and her husband Mark is also a graduate of the College of Engineering. In her spare time, she is a Girl Scout leader, soccer coach, an active member of her church, and the PTO.

Strategic Plan

Vision: The Women in Engineering Program at The University of Akron will be recognized by potential students and employers as a national leader for women in engineering.

Mission: The Women in Engineering Program at The University of Akron will serve as a catalyst for increasing the number of women in engineering through:

  • Recruitment of women into The University of Akron's College of Engineering
  • Retention and graduation of female undergraduate and graduate students
  • Development of highly qualified and professionally responsible women engineers
  • Encouragement of diversity within the engineering faculty
  • Increased awareness and involvement of potential employers