Society of Women Engineers

Aileen Cavanagh

Aileen Cavanagh

1929-1992

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 a 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
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