University of Kansas Aerospace Engineering alumnus Marjorie Franklin was recognized in a Tau Beta Pi Magazine article titled "The Struggle: Women's Badge to Full Membership." This article is part of a series that explores the history of women in Tau Beta Pi, celebrating the 50th anniversary of women being initiated into the society.
Marjorie Franklin was the first woman to graduate with a degree in Aerospace Engineering from KU, as well as the first woman to join the Sigma Tau Fraternity. After graduating, she applied her engineering skills to an internationally recognized career in municipal solid waste management, which lasted over 20 years. Some of Marjorie Franklin's notable career accomplisments include producing technical writing that was used by the Environmental Protection Agency, becoming chair of the Franklin Associates environmental consulting firm in 1983, and becoming the first woman to chair the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Marjorie Franklin gave back to KUAE by serving on the School of Engineering board for more than 17 years--first as its first female member, and then as its first female chair. She received the KU Distinguished Engineering Service Award for her inspiring accomplishments and her dedication and advocacy for the next generation of women in engineering.
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