Enhancing Research on Women In STEM


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Emily Brown Blount was the first woman to graduate from NC State with a degree in Civil Engineering (B.S., 1953). Blount went on to become the first female licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina in 1960, and in 2007 she was inducted into the North Carolina Transportation Hall of Fame.


Frances "Billie" Richardson was the first female faculty member in NC State's College of Engineering. She was a research associate in the Department of Engineering Research from 1951-1980, and was the first president of the North Carolina chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Her papers are available for research in the Special Collections Research Center.


We can gather that this woman was working in the School of Textiles in the 1950s. The information on the image tells us that she was working on a high precision electronic instrument that measured the strength and elastic properties of fibers, yarns, and fabrics. If you recognize her or have any information, please contact us!


This photograph was likely used in recruiting materials in the 1970s, though the field of study is not identified. If you have any ideas about the equipment or the possible discipline she would be working in, or if you recognize her, we'd love to know!

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