SWE names Candace Sulzbach 2009 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award recipient
CHICAGO – Oct. 16, 2009 – The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is pleased to announce Candace Sulzbach, P.E. as the 2009 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award recipient. She is recognized for outstanding contributions to engineering education, and for mentoring and advising engineering students.
Sulzbach is a lecturer in the Colorado School of Mines’ Division of Engineering, where she is responsible for teaching civil engineering courses such as Mechanics of Materials and Structural Steel Design. She is also the SWE faculty advisor for Mines' Collegiate Section.
“Candace Sulzbach’s experience with and commitment to instructing and advising students have made her a successful mentor,” says Nora Lin, SWE president. “Under her leadership, the Colorado School of Mines Collegiate Section has become an integrated team, allowing membership to grow nearly 50 percent making it the second largest collegiate section nationwide.”
Sulzbach began her career as a project engineer at Exxon’s Facilities Development Division, where she was responsible for managing field construction of multi-million dollar projects, including reviewing structural and mechanical designs. She left the industry to teach and advise civil engineering students at Mines. Sulzbach simultaneously served as a technical advisor to engineering mechanics textbook publishers, worked on consulting projects and taught local structural engineering seminars.
In 2002, Sulzbach became the faculty advisor for the SWE-CSM Collegiate Section, working to develop well-organized leaders and celebrate achievements of past, present and future women at Mines. In 2006, SWE-CSM received second place for Most Outstanding Collegiate Section, and in 2007, they hosted a successful Region I conference.
“Candace has truly taken her advisor role to heart, bringing her first-hand expertise and guidance to Mines' Collegiate Section,” says Andrea Ham, vice president of university relations for SWE-CSM. “She was instrumental in restructuring our leadership and under her direction, SWE-CSM has greatly influenced campus diversity and inclusion.”
Sulzbach is a member of SWE, as well as the American Society for Engineering Education and the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is also an eminent engineer for Tau Beta Pi.
The Outstanding SWE Faculty Advisor Award honors an advisor who has made a significant contribution to a SWE collegiate section. The award will be recognized October 17 at WE09, the Society’s Annual Conference. WE09 will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center, October 15-17, in Long Beach, Calif. More than 5,000 attendees include collegians and professionals from the industry, government and academia.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and receive the recognition and credit for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.