WIEP Administration

Dr. Beth M. Holloway | Assistant Dean for Diversity and Engagement
Beth Holloway
Dr. Beth M. Holloway | Assistant Dean for Diversity and Engagement
Leah H. Jamieson Director of Women in Engineering
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy)
College of Engineering

Contact Information
Office: Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 1245
Phone: (765) 494-3889
Email: holloway@purdue.edu

Dr. Holloway has been the Director of the Women in Engineering Program since 2001. As Assistant Dean, she is responsible for the College's scholarship strategy, retention of undergraduate students, and undergraduate student data. Her research areas include: admissions practices; and women and leadership, particularly in male dominated careers. She received the 2012 IBM Faculty Advisor Award, the 2012 national Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, the 2013 Purdue University Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion Award, the 2014 Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Distinguished Service Award, and the 2015 ASEE William E. Wickenden Award for the best paper published in the Journal of Engineering Education during 2014. She was elected fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2017. Under her leadership, the Purdue Women in Engineering Program received the 2013 WEPAN Women in Engineering Program Award and the 2014 ABET Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity. 

Dr. Holloway is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Holloway has also been President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) in 2006-2007, and served on WEPAN's Board of Directors from 2005-2008. She currently serves as the advisor to the Purdue Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SEW) and Phi Sigma Rho Sorority.

Prior to joining Purdue, Dr. Holloway was a research and development engineering group leader at Cummins, Inc., where she was a recognized corporate engine lubrication system expert, with specialities in piston cooling nozzle and lubrication pump performance. Dr. Holloway earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education, all from Purdue University. 

She is an advocate for research-informed approaches to engineering education equity, policy, as well as student recruitment and retention efforts. She is a strong supporter of underrepresented populations in engineering, including women, minorities, and first-generation college students. A few of her podcasts of these topics can be found at:
Dr. Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer | Associate Director
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Dr. Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer | Associate Director

Contact Information
Office: Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 1245
Phone: (765) 494-3889
Email: zurnbirk@purdue.edu

Dr. Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer has spent her career diligently working towards broadening participation of women and underrepresented groups in STEM fields. She is the Associate Director of the Purdue University Women in Engineering Program where she leads retention efforts and conducts research around female student success. She manages the undergraduate and graduate mentoring programs that reach over 600 students annually and teaches two Women in Engineering seminar courses. She also holds a courtesy Associate Professor appointment in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences where she teaches introductory Atmospheric Science courses.

Dr. Zurn-Birkhimer's research focuses around understanding the barriers and pathways to success for typically marginalized groups in STEM. She is developing an online training program for students with under-developed spatial skills. She is also working to understand the intricacies of female undergraduate student's successful navigation to their degrees. Finally, Dr. Zurn-Birkhimer studies the career pathways of indigenous women to better inform practices and policies in the workforce. She is a founding Advisory Board member of the Geoscience Alliance, a national alliance committed to broadening participation of Native Americans in the geosciences. In 2019, she was appointed to the Advisory Board of the international organization Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations Research Network. 

She has held several positions across academia including Deputy Director of Purdue's NSF-ADVANCE initiative to increase the number of female faculty in the STEM fields and Associate Professor and co-Chair of Mathematics at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN where she implemented a curriculum revision and developed a Mathematics-Engineering dual degree program.

Dr. Zurn-Birkhimer earned her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Purdue University. She was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Purdue University Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences and the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Purdue University College of Science. 
Sue Bayley | Assistant Director
Sue Bayley
Sue Bayley | Assistant Director

Contact Information
Office: Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 1245
Phone: (765) 496-7442
Email: sbayley@purdue.edu

As the Assistant Director, Sue is responsible for developing and implementing WIEP's K-10 Programs including Imagination, Innovation, Discovery, and Design (I2D2), Innovation to Reality (I2R), Access Engineering, Engineering For Your Imagination, and Introduce a Girl to Engineering. In doing so, she works closely with engineering faculty and staff, community partners, and local schools.

She received her B.A. from Purdue in Elementary Education with a kindergarten endorsement. Sue taught both at the elementary and middle school level and has over 25 years of coaching experience including 3 years as the Purdue Cheer and Mascot Coach. Sue also brings business and management experience to the WIEP program having owned and operated a local competitive cheer gym for over 10 years. She utilizes her passion for teaching and coaching to introduce kids to the endless possibilities a career in engineering could hold for them.
Heather Marie Coar, M.S.  |  Assistant Director of Communications
Heather Coar
Heather Marie Coar, M.S. | Assistant Director of Communications

Contact Information
Office: Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 1226
Phone: (765) 494-6611
Email: hcoar@purdue.edu

Heather Marie Coar, M.S., splits her full-time assignment across three units in the College of Engineering at Purdue: the Women in Engineering Program, the Minority Engineering Program, and the Office of Future Engineers. She joined all three teams in March of 2014. In this shared position, Heather leads all of our communications efforts to future students including web and graphic design, print materials, strategic communication, social media, and more.

Prior to that she was the Communications Specialist for the School of Mechanical Engineering. A proud Boilermaker since January 2012, Heather's other passion is teaching with the Brian Lamb School of Communication. She has taught COM 495, Special Topics in Public Relations, and currently teaches (when available), COM 353, Problems in Public Relations - a course that allows students to plan public relations campaigns for non-profit organizations in the Lafayette community under her direction. 

Heather received her B.A. in Advertising, Public Relations, and Graphic Design, from Grand Valley State University in 2006, and her M.S. in Communications from Grand Valley in 2009. She recently finished her Women in Leadership Certificate from Cornell University (June 2020) and intends to pursue her Ph.D. in Global Public Relations at Purdue University.
Cathy Deno | Administrative Assistant
Cathy Deno
Cathy Deno | Administrative Assistant

Contact Information
Office: Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 1245
Phone: (765) 494-6608
Email: denoc@purdue.edu

Cathy has served as a member of the WIEP staff since 1984. She works with WIEP's WE Link recruitment program, the Mentees & Mentors Program for undergraduate students, and the Graduate Women in Engineering (GWEN) program. She assists in the hiring and supervision of student leadership teams for these programs and coordinates the employment and payroll processes for over 100 students who serve on a variety of the WIEP leadership teams. In addition, Cathy handles the tracking and reporting of expenses for WIEP programs. 
Dawn Mikels | Administrative Assistant
Dawn Mikels
Dawn Mikels | Administrative Assistant

Contact Information
Office: Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 1245
Phone: (765) 494-3889
Email: djmikels@purdue.edu

Dawn joined the WIEP staff in 2005. She provides assistance to the Director and Associate Director of WIEP. Dawn serves as the liaison to other university departments, faculty, alumni and corporate partners. She works with our outreach programs; assisting with Engineering For Your Imagination, Introduce a Girl to Engineering, and K-5 Programs. She coordinates our recruiting events; Exploring Engineering at Purdue days for high school juniors and seniors. She also partners with the Society of Women Engineers in preparation for the Annual Awards Banquet


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