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Laurich-McIntyre Joins ORAU Board of Directors

April 12, 2007

Oak Ridge, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Board of Directors welcomed Suzie Laurich-McIntyre as a new director at the 62nd annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions held recently in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.

Laurich-McIntyre currently serves as the assistant vice provost for graduate education at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. She has held positions in research and management in both university and industry settings in the discipline of engineering.

"Being elected to the ORAU Board of Directors is indeed an honor," said Laurich-McIntyre. "I look forward to working with ORAU in furthering its goals for the advancement of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through its funding, mentoring and active participation in the STEM community."

Laurich-McIntyre received her bachelor's degree in ceramic engineering and her Ph.D. from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, both at the University of Washington (UW). She later joined UW and served in a variety of positions from 1990 to 2001. She came to Carnegie Mellon in 2003 as the director of alumni and student relations in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and accepted her current post as assistant vice provost for graduate education in 2005.

Laurich-McIntyre's work at Carnegie Mellon has included a range of responsibilities from leading, guiding and designing policies for graduate education; leading the coordination of the National Research Council's (NRC) survey on graduate research and study at Carnegie Mellon, including serving as a Carnegie Mellon liaison to the NRC; and representing Carnegie Mellon at the Council of Graduate Schools. She also represents the school at various national organization meetings involved with broadening representation.

At Carnegie Mellon, she serves on both the President's Diversity Advisory Council, and on the Office of International Education advisory committee. She is also in charge of broadening graduate student representation. On a national level, she has worked extensively at broadening the representation of underrepresented populations and women in STEM areas, especially at the graduate and faculty level, both at UW and Carnegie Mellon.

She is an active member of the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network and the Society of Women Engineers, and has been a co-organizer of numerous annual meetings. She has also been a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program through Institute of International Education, the American Society of Engineering Educators and the American Ceramic Society.

Other directors elected to the ORAU Board were:

  • Sandra J. Degen, vice president for research, University of Cincinnati
  • Gerald D. Holder, U.S. Steel dean and professor, School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • Brooks A. Keel, vice chancellor for research and economic development and professor of biological engineering, Louisiana State University
  • Felix A. Okojie, vice president for research development, support and federal relations, Jackson State University
  • Winfred M. Phillips, vice president for research, University of Florida
  • J. Paul Reason, admiral, United States Navy (retired)
  • David D. Reed, vice president for research, Michigan Technological University

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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