The National Academy of Engineering today honored MIT Institute Professor and Professor of Aeronautics Sheila E. Windall ('60, MS '61, PhD '64) by presenting her with its Arthur M. Bueche Award for her leadership in expanding engineering opportunities for women and minorities.
NAE cited numerous milestones in Windall's career, which it referred to
"a remarkable academic career in fluid dynamics combined with the
highest levels of public service, and for championing the role of women
in engineering." She will receive $2,500 and a gold medallion in
recognition of her active involvement in determining U.S. science and
technology policy, "especially in relation to women and minorities, and
contributing to the enhancement of the relationship between government
Widnall joined the MIT AeroAstro
faculty in 1964 as MIT's first woman professor of engineering. She was
named an Institute Professor in 1998, the highest honor awarded by MIT
faculty and administration.