Lauren Donatelli named Joelle Award in Women in Engineering Leadership first-runner up

05/30/18

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Lauren Donatelli, a rising fifth-year architectural engineering student, was named the first runner-up for the Joelle Award in Women in Engineering Leadership from Penn State’s Women in Engineering Program (WEP). In addition to her enrollment in the Department of Architectural Engineering’s integrated bachelor and master of architectural engineering program, Donatelli is a Schreyer Honors student and is minoring in business.

Endowed by Dr. Edward and Jane Liszka in honor of Jane’s parents, Joseph and Eleanor Munafo, the Joelle award recognizes outstanding undergraduate women for their leadership, service and mentorship qualities which positively impact the climate for women in both the College of Engineering and at the University.

“I am excited and honored to be selected as first runner-up for the 2018 Joelle Award for Women in Engineering Leadership," she said. "This recognition helps to validate my ongoing interest in supporting women engineers across all industries. It also underscores the importance of networking to increase awareness and promote our collective engineering contributions. I love being able to help fellow women engineers in anyway that I can and I am excited to welcome future opportunities for growth.”

Donatelli has been actively involved with WEP since her second year, serving as an envoy captain on the group’s Sophomore Women Ambassador Team and as a coach on WEP’s Advisory Council. She has also served as the internal relations manager for the Penn State Society of Women Engineers, the professional development assistant director for Engineering Orientation Network and as a career envoy for the College of Engineering. In addition to receiving the 2018 Student Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence (PACE) Leadership Award,  Donatelli will serve as the president of PACE in the 2018-19 academic year.

In spring 2015, Donatelli traveled to Colombia on the Schreyer Honor South American Study Tour. In spring 2016, she spent time in the Czech Republic with the Schreyer Honors College World Media Studies travel program. During summer 2017, Donatelli studied abroad in China through the Department of Architectural Engineering’s partnership program with the University of Hong Kong and the Tsinghua University Summer School for International Construction. Donatelli also served as the construction manager for the Penn State Bridges to Prosperity team trip to Rwanda during summer 2017.

Donatelli’s additional extracurricular activities include serving as inventory captain on the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon Supply Logistics Committee She has also been active as a counselor at the Shaler-North Hills Library Math & Engineering Camp and as a junior member of the North Boroughs Rotary Club.

As an outstanding academic performer, Donatelli received the CBG Building Company Construction Scholarship in 2016 and 2017 and the Clark Construction Architectural Engineering Scholarship in 2017 and 2018 and has been named to the Dean’s List every semester.

Outside of the classroom, Donatelli completed two internships with PJ Dick, a construction company headquartered in Pittsburgh during the summers of 2015 and 2016. She has accepted an internship with Turner Construction, an internationally known construction management firm, for summer 2018. 

Note: Mary Walker, industrial engineering, received the 2018 Joelle Award. Marie Horomaski, mechanical engineering, was also named a first runner-up. 

 

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"This recognition helps to validate my ongoing interest in supporting women engineers across all industries. It also underscores the importance of networking to increase awareness and promote our collective engineering contributions. I love being able to help fellow women engineers in anyway that I can, and I am excited to welcome future opportunities for growth.”

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