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Violet B. Haas

1926-1986

Violet Haas

As a professor of electrical engineering from 1962 to 1986, Violet Haas contributed her technical expertise to Purdue in the areas of optimal control, nonlinear control and optimal estimation. As an advocate of women in engineering, she encouraged future generations of female students to pursue the discipline. She was a gifted teacher, gave generously of her time and energy to her profession and community, and was instrumental in the early development of the Purdue chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Born in 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, Haas received a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College and a master's degree and doctorate in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She met her husband, mathematician Felix Haas, at MIT. He also joined the Purdue faculty and went on to become dean of the School of Science and executive vice president and provost.

In 1990, Purdue's Council on the Status of Women established the Violet B. Haas Award in her honor to recognize individuals who have helped promote the status of women at Purdue.