Lois Aileen Bey
Lois Bey was the first woman graduate in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Chicago, where she graduated in 1950. Lois also earned a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
Career Lois worked for a succession of companies, including Ewald Laboratories and the Armour Research Institute (now IIT Research Institute), with responsibilities ranging from lab technician to assistant engineer. From 1956 through 1960, Bey was employed as a sales engineer for F.M. De Beers Associates, where she sold and maintained equipment.
In 1960, she was hired into Baxter Laboratories. She successfully combined her degrees toward a career as an information specialist in chemical company research and development departments at Baxter and later at Stepan Chemical Company. Lois retired in 1993.
SWE Lois is a life member of the Society of Women Engineers. She joined the Society in 1953.
Other Affiliations Lois was also an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Society of Information Science.
Scholarship The Lois Aileen Bey Memorial Scholarship was endowed in 2017. US citizens who are entering their freshman year of undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering are eligible to apply.
Number Available: 1
Renewable: 5 years
U.S. citizenship required.