Published: Thu Mar 29, 2007Alison Wachs, a senior industrial and systems engineering major from Mountain City, (center) receives the first Marie Ventrice Scholarship for women in engineering at Tennessee Tech University. Pictured with Wachs are TTU mechanical engineering professors Corinne Darvennes (left) and Sally Pardue (right), who were most instrumental in establishing the Marie Ventrice Engineering Scholarship Endowment. In the background is a picture of Ventrice in whose memory the endowment was established.
The Ventrice Scholarship was established to applaud her role as a mentor for women in engineering, to recognize her accomplishments and to pass along the spirit of support she shared with them. Ventrice, TTU’s first tenure-track female faculty member in the College of Engineering, served as the first director of the Center of Excellence in Electric Power and as associate dean of the College of Engineering. She won TTU’s Outstanding Faculty Award multiple times for her teaching and professional service. The scholarship is awarded annually to a prospective or current female engineering student who exhibits good character and citizenship through participation in school and/or community activities.