Aileen Cavanagh


Aileen CavanaghIn high school, Aileen was a bright student and the brightest in math.  Her teachers expected her to go to MIT, but because the money just wasn’t there, Aileen picked a university within walking distance of home with reasonable tuition.  While her ambition was always to enter the medical profession, the leanness of the purse, dissuasion on the basis that medicine was a male field, a strong inclination toward science, and the continuous search for “better ways to skin a snake” led first to sociology, then into physics, and finally into engineering.

  • A.B. in Physics and Chemistry, 1951, Boston University
  • M.S. in Business Administration, 1978, University of Massachusetts
  • Fellow Life Member of SWE