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Clarkson University Alumna Named Distinguished New Engineer by Society of Women Engineers

Clarkson University alumna Irene V. Hodor ’99 of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., was recently awarded the prestigious Distinguished New Engineer Award by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a national not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in engineering. Hodor majored in civil engineering at Clarkson’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

The Distinguished New Engineer Award honors women engineers who have been actively engaged in engineering, demonstrated outstanding technical performance, and have had no more than 10 years of cumulative engineering experience.

Hodor was given the award based on her career at Exxon Mobil, where she has been employed since she graduated from Clarkson. She is currently a maintenance section supervisor, where she is responsible for executing more than $30 million of annual work and for overseeing the progress of a recently implemented efficiency program.

A member of SWE since her first year at Clarkson, Hodor has served as several positions in a short period of time. As she has moved around the U.S., Hodor has continued to take leadership roles in SWE, including positions as the Region F student coordinator while in Boston, the Region E student coordinator and Baltimore-Washington Section representative while in northern Virginia, and her current position as the FY08 president of the Los Angeles section while living in California.

Adding to her credentials, Hodor also coordinates the Subject Matter Expert (SME) Bowl and the Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day for Exxon Mobil and regularly participates in the United Way, Adopt-A-Family, and Susan G. Komen fundraising events.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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