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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Civil and Environmental Engineering News – Fall 2015

Adam named among top 100 inspiring women in STEM

Jennifer Adam in the Information Technology Building Server room with data projected on her face.For excellence in mentoring and motivating students, WSU Associate Professor Jennifer Adam received a “100 Inspiring Women in STEM” award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine.

This annual award celebrates women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who encourage the involvement of women in STEM fields. Adam was honored in the magazine’s September edition. Adam, who works in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is also the associate director for the State of Washington Water Research Center.

“Jennifer Adam is an amazing example of a faculty member who leads by example while guiding her students with kindness, compassion, and understanding,” said Sarah Anderson, a student who supported Adam’s nomination. “She encourages the female students under her tutelage but also minority and international students as exemplified by her diverse research group.”

Adam conducts research in hydrologic modeling, the hydrologic impacts of global change, Earth systems modeling, and land and atmosphere interactions. She is currently leading a multidisciplinary team of approximately 40 faculty and student researchers in the development of a computer modeling platform called “BioEarth.”

Adam is passionate about interdisciplinary research, and actively collaborates with faculty in biological systems engineering, chemical engineering, earth and environmental sciences, geology, atmospheric sciences, economics, political science, computer science, and biology, Anderson said, and she always strives to put students first.

Adam has won several departmental and college teaching awards, including the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s Reid Miller Teaching Excellence Award and the Leon Luck Faculty Award as the Most Effective Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2014.

“Adam mentors and leads by setting the example,” Anderson said. “She shows her students how to obtain the mentoring and training they need by doing so herself and sharing that process with her students.”

Adam holds three degrees in civil engineering, including a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Washington.