Named for the first dean of women at UT, this award honors outstanding leadership in campus governance or administration at the level of department head, director, or below.
An assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, Stephanie TerMaath has worked in all three areas of the department. She excels in curriculum development, and colleagues say she has fundamentally improved the entire aerospace program.
As a teacher, TerMaath has enriched students’ experiences by arranging field trips for her Introduction to Aerospace Engineering class to visit the Boeing 777 assembly plant while leveraging her connections at Lockheed Martin to bring in top speakers in the industry.
Outside the classroom, TerMaath serves as faculty advisor to the Society of Women Engineers. She is active with the Commission for Women and works with high school students who are interested in engineering.
TerMaath’s research focuses on how and why thin structures fracture. She has been prolific in sharing her findings in journal articles and through presentations, and her work holds promise for improving many materials, from aerospace components to brain implants.