Maria Klawe

Maria Klawe – President of Harvey Mudd College – Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College’s first female president in 2006. Before joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Continue reading Maria Klawe

Alice Parker

Alice Parker (18??-19??) Underscoring the difficulty of honoring the contributions of African American women prior to the Civil Rights Movement, there are not many details about Alice Parker’s life. She was born in Morristown, NJ and graduated from Howard University in 1910. What we do know, is that Parker applied for and was granted a patent on December 23, 1919 for a gas heating system that was a precursor to modern home central heating. While not the first gas furnace patent, Parker’s design showed a unique multiple burner system, each of which could be individually controlled. Her patent also includes … Continue reading Alice Parker