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Alumna is One of Society of Women’s Engineering’s ‘New Faces of Engineering’

June 21, 2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology alumna Jessica (Farmer) Albert has been featured by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) as one of its' five "New Faces of Engineering." The honor recognizes young engineers who have demonstrated outstanding technical excellence, and made a significant and positive impact on the engineering profession.

      Jessica Albert
  Jessica (Farmer) Albert

Albert, a 2004 chemical engineering graduate, is a production engineer and the WIN site leader at Dow Chemical's Houston Area Operations.

SWE also has honored Albert with this year's southwest regional Emerging Leader-Professional Award for outstanding technical and leadership excellence, and involvement in SWE and community activities.

"Jessica is able to consistently deliver great engineering solutions to address the opportunities she encounters working in our Bayport Operations," says Albert's supervisor, Daniel Lurvey. "The fact that she also fosters the next generation of potential engineers makes her especially deserving of this type of recognition."

In 2009, Albert was honored as a distinguished volunteer for the Houston Area SWE Chapter. She has been involved in the Big Sister program, and coordinated several service days for the Houston Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.

"There are many talented, highly successful women within SWE, and it was such a surprise that I was selected," stated Albert about the SWE recognition. "I can attribute my becoming an engineer to my parents. I went back and forth between career choices throughout high school, but my parents were always encouraging me to look into engineering. The more I learned, the more I realized that it would be a good fit for my abilities.

"Engineering is not something that typically stands out as a career option for women," she added. "Engineering is such a wonderful career for many reasons. I absolutely love the fact that I spend my day solving problems. Every day is different, and the fact that so much trust and autonomy is given to me at such a young age is extremely empowering. In virtually no other higher level career can you make such a big impact so quickly."