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Former SLAC director Persis Drell to head Stanford School of Engineering

Drell will be the school's first female dean, ninth overall

Persis Drell, former director of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will be Stanford University's first female dean of engineering, the university announced Tuesday.

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Elena Kadvany

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Posted by Katie
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 4, 2014 at 9:46 am

Great news!

(Just a point of clarification, though: Wellesley College is a women's college so Drell would have not been dominated "by male-dominated class[mates] during her undergraduate years at Wellesley College.")


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Posted by Carol Muller
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 4, 2014 at 10:14 am

Fortunately, Stanford's School of Engineering under Jim Plummer's leadership has substantially increased the number of women faculty and students over the last 15 years, so Persis Drell won't be the sole female presence. At 17%, there is still effort to be made to attract world-class women engineering faculty members to Stanford, but it's going in the right direction. Professor Drell will be one of four women leading Stanford's seven schools for the 2014-15 academic year.


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Posted by Dennis
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm

-> Katie. My experience is a few years prior. In my undergrad years, Wellesley and MIT students could pretty freely take classes at the other institution. Travel time was a barrier. If she were taking classes at MIT (say, in atomic physics), male-dominated sounds about right. Yes, Wellesley is a women's college.


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