The award committee chair Patricia M. Shamamy comments that Fabris' nomination demonstrated an overwhelming love of teaching and research. "Her efforts in developing innovative programs to interest girls in engineering, particularly minority groups, are indeed noteworthy."
Professor Fabris received her Ph.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology, and is an expert in materials, manufacturing processes, automation and management of modern manufacturing enterprises. She has done engineering research in Germany and Bosnia, as well as in the United States. Fabris also speaks to engineering and non-engineering audiences on opportunities in the engineering professions.
Fabris is responsible for developing Cal State L.A.'s Mother and Daughter Engineering Academy, a six-week series of lectures, hands-on experiments and engineering contests intended to provide an enjoyable introduction to engineering for high school girls, with participation opportunities for their mothers.
Before joining the Cal State L.A. faculty, Fabris was a member of the technical staff of Bell Telephone Laboratory in Illinois, where she worked on packaging electronic components and thermal and vibration analysis. In 1998, Fabris was honored as a Manufacturing Educator of the Year by Desert Pacific Region 12 of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. She is a Glendale resident.
The Distinguished Engineering Educator Award is presented to a woman who, as a full-time or emerita engineering educator, has demonstrated excellence in teaching by inspiring students to high levels of accomplishment, showing evidence of scholarship through contributions to research and technical literature, and who, through active involvement in professional engineering societies, has made significant contributions to the engineering profession.
The SWE is a non-profit educational service organization dedicated to making known the need for women engineers and encouraging young women to consider an engineering education.
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