A Commitment to Women in Engineering: Civil & Environmental Engineering Department

Women in the Civil and Environment Engineering Department

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Our Faculty

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Professor Kim Roddis

As a woman in structural engineering, Dr. Roddis has served as a role model and mentor throughout her career. She was the first woman ever to earn tenure at KU's School of Engineering in 1994., Prof. Roddis was the first woman to earn the rank of full professor on KU's engineering faculty, and the first female to hold a faculty administrative position (Department Chair and Chief Financial Officer). A registered professional engineer, Professor Roddis has experience in heavy industrial and general commercial building design, as well as in bridge design. Her teaching directly links practice to theory. She received the 2012 GW SEAS Outstanding Teacher Award for her teaching approach emphasizing student centered, active, and problem/project-based learning. 



Professor Leila Farhadi

Dr. Farhadi is the recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Faculty (CAREER) Award (see GWU News) in 2019 and New (Early Career) Investigator award in Earth Sciences of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 2018 (see GWU News). She is also the recipient of the 2018 School of Engineering and Applied Science distinguished Junior Teaching Award.

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Professor Rumana Riffat

Dr. Riffat serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She has received the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Award, Research Grand Prize, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). In 2012 she was the recipient of GW Service Excellence Award, for Clinton Global Initiative Team.



SEAS Center for Women in Engineering

The SEAS Center for Women in Engineering launched in April 2019 and is dedicated to providing all of the stakeholders in SEAS–students, faculty, staff and alumnae–with the information and skills to become the best engineers they can be. Learn more about the Center on the Women in Engineering website.