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Maura Borrego, professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, was recently honored as a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education.

The ASEE was founded in 1893 to improve engineering education and advocate for its societal benefits. ASEE advances innovation, excellence, and access at all levels of education for the engineering profession.

The grade of fellow is one of professional distinction and is conferred by the board of directors upon an ASEE member with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in engineering or engineering technology education or allied field, who has made appropriate and important individual contributions to engineering or engineering technology education, as well as considerable individual contributions to ASEE. The ASEE bylaws limit the number of members who can be advanced to fellow grade in any one year to a total equal to one-tenth of 1 percent of the ASEE individual membership.

Borrego has served in a variety of roles in ASEE, including Vice President for Professional Interest Councils (2014-15), Board Member and Chair of Professional Interest Council IV (2013-16), and Chair of the Educational Research and Methods Division (2011-13). She also served on three society-level committees, as well as the planning committee for the Gulf Southwest Regional Conference hosted by UT Austin in 2018. Dr. Borrego has been awarded best paper awards for conference papers and journal articles by the Chemical Engineering, Graduate Studies, and Educational Research and Methods divisions of ASEE. Wiley and ASEE publish the Journal of Engineering Education, for which Borrego served as Deputy Editor (2015-19) and Associate Editor (2012-15).

Maura Borrego's research focuses on engineering higher education, particularly diversity and inclusion. She holds the William J. Murray, Jr. Fellowship in Engineering, serves as Director of the Center for Engineering Education, and has a faculty appointment in STEM education as well as mechanical engineering. Dr. Borrego is a Senior Associate Editor for Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. She previously served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation. Her research awards include U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and two outstanding publication awards from the American Educational Research Association for her journal articles. All of Dr. Borrego’s degrees are in Materials Science and Engineering. Her M.S. and Ph.D. are from Stanford University, U.S.A, and her B.S. is from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Borrego is the 9th faculty member and first woman from UT Austin to be named a fellow of the ASEE. She joins Ron Barr, mechanical engineering professor, and UT-Austin faculty from other Cockrell School departments.

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