Dr. Andrea Schokker Honored

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August 31, 2016

Professor Andrea Schokker Honored by INSIGHT.

Professor Andrea Schokker, department head of Civil Engineering in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth, is a recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity 2016 Inspiring Women in STEM Award. 

andrea schokkerDr. Schokker is featured in INSIGHT’s September issue, which said, in part, “Schokker’s ability to build consensus among groups with differing viewpoints, coupled with her ability to engage young people without intimidating them, makes her an excellent mentor to faculty and students alike.”

“Andrea is an outstanding role model both for students and for faculty. She has been an advocate for increasing the participation of girls and young women in STEM, which is also one of the major strategic goals of our college. She is an outstanding role model and because of her leadership, we’ve made great strides in engaging young women in these fields. She is very deserving of this recognition,” said Joshua Hamilton, dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering.

Schokker founded UMD’s Department of Civil Engineering in 2008, and in 2011 she became the first female executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at UMD. She returned to Civil Engineering as department head in 2016. She also received the Commission for Women and Linda Larson Faculty Woman of the Year Award in May 2016 in recognition of her achievements in advancing women in academia and in the STEM fields.

UMD Assistant Professor Alison Hoxie, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, submitted Schokker’s nomination to INSIGHT on behalf of a group of faculty who nominated her for this honor.


Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE) has about 3,200 undergraduates and 220 graduate students and is home to ten academic departments, as well as the Large Lakes Observatory, the UMD Air Force ROTC program, and the Iron Range Engineering program. SCSE connects students with hands-on research opportunities through its collaboration with multiple research institutions and area businesses. To learn more, visit: http://scse.d.umn.edu.