As Ho enters her fellowship, her esteemed colleague, Margaret Kupferle (PhD, CEAS associate professor and Chair of the Environmental Engineering Program) graduates from the ELATE program in the Class of 2014.
Kupferle has been a Bearcat through and through since she joined the UC CEAS research staff in 1982 as a full-time research assistant/associate, the tenure-track faculty in 2004, and then was promoted to associate professor and tenured in 2011. After receiving her bachelor’s in chemical engineering and her master’s in environmental engineering from Purdue, Kupferle later received her PhD in environmental engineering at UC in 2002, pursuing her doctorate part-time while working full-time as a senior research associate at UC. A 2008 NSF CAREER Award winner, her research areas include sustainability, biofilms and treatment of hazardous materials in water and wastewater using biological and electrochemical processes.
In addition to research, Kupferle was elected as a CEAS Master Educator in 2013. She teaches Solid and Hazardous Waste Management as well as Freshman Engineering Foundations and Introduction to Sustainable Urban Environments. She is active in multiple sustainability initiatives at UC, advises a campus-wide minor in Sustainable Urban Environments, serves as the faculty advisor for “Engineers Without Borders,” and is a member of the CEAS ASSET (Advancing Student Success in Engineering & Technology) faculty team.
Her 14+ years of experience in managing technically trained UC experts working on US EPA projects and contracts have served her well in her current role as Program Chair of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering in CEAS. Her experience in this and other volunteer activities was also very helpful background for the management training she received this year as part of the ELATE program.
Kupferle reflects, “My experience in the ELATE program has been invaluable as I’ve grown both professionally and personally. Being an ELATE fellow is a lifelong commitment, if you want it to be—I now have an ongoing Learning Community of women peers across the world that I meet with biweekly as well as regular contact with all fellows as an ‘ELUM.’ I am excited that Professor Ho will be joining the ELATE program this year and am looking forward to working with her and future fellows to apply what we bring back to the benefit of the UC community.”
ELATE at Drexel® is a national leadership development program designed to advance senior women faculty in academic engineering, computer science, and related fields into effective institutional leadership roles within their schools and universities.
ELATE is an intensive full-year, part-time fellowship program modeled on the highly successful ELAM® program for women in medicine, dentistry and public health, and tailored to the needs of faculty women in engineering and technology. Three in-residence sessions of 4-6 days each are used to enhance knowledge and skills in business practices of higher education, project management with diverse stakeholders, and effective communication in a variety of leadership platforms.
ELATE Fellows: 1) Improve their personal and professional leadership through professional and peer coaching, personality and leadership style inventories, and 360˚ evaluations; 2) Learn, through activities, classroom presentations, and interviews of their own institutional leaders, how to understand and navigate organizational dynamics; and 3) Expand their knowledge of strategic finance and resource management at the institutional level through didactic presentations, case studies, and work at their home institutions.
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