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SAE International Honors Barbara E. Mizdail with the Excellence in Engineering Education Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 19, 2015 -

SAE International honors Barbara E. Mizdail, Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Department, Penn State University, with the 2014 Excellence in Engineering Education Award.


This award annually recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual toward activities related to the SAE Education Board (EB). The award is given for any of the following types of service: promotion of SAE International student activities at the international or local levels, contributions that advance engineering education, contributions in support of the SAE Collegiate Design competitions, and promotion of educational related activities at any level.


Ms. Mizdail's career as a pioneering woman in engineering has included many firsts, including founding member of the first Engineering Sorority: Beta Rho Delta, one of the first women presidents of the Engineering Council at the U of A, one of the first women in the Chrysler Institute Program and founding member of the SAE Women Engineers Committee. She was also one of the first women in Product Planning at Ford Motor Company, the first woman to receive the SAE Distinguished Younger Member Award, the first woman to serve on the Product Committee of Mack Trucks, Inc., the first woman engineering professor at Penn State Berks, and the first woman SAE Faculty Advisor to take a team to the Baja Competition.       


Ms. Mizdail is an active member of SAE International serving on committees and the local Lehigh Valley Section Governing Board. At Penn State Berks, she initiated the SAE Student Club and served as Faculty Advisor for eight years. Her students successfully competed in the SAE International Baja competitions. Her extensive experience in industry brought real world experience into the classroom. She is also a member of the SME and ASEE.


She received a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering the University of Michigan through the Chrysler Institute Program. After retiring in 2015, Ms. Mizdail plans to continue teaching the First Year Experience for Engineers at Penn State Berks, and using her experience and skills to advance STEM education in schools.


SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting more than 137,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.


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