Scholarship created for women going into engineering

December 4, 2012 - TechSearch International Inc. and the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee (WIE) are establishing a $2500 scholarship for women going into the field of engineering.

The scholarship, named the IEEE Frances B. Hugle Engineering Scholarship, honors the memory of the distinguished engineer who co-founded Hugle Industries, Siliconix, Stewart Warner Microcircuits Inc., and Opto-Electronics Devices Inc. TechSearch International, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, and its founder, E. Jan Vardaman, seeded the scholarship with a $5000 donation this year. The objective is to raise $100,000 during the next few years.

To encourage young women to follow in Hugle’s footsteps, IEEE WIE will select one scholar annually to receive a $2500 scholarship, beginning as early as 2013. The scholarship will be presented to one female in her third year of undergraduate study in an engineering curriculum at an accredited university or college in the US. Student membership in the IEEE is required.

Hugle graduated from the University of Chicago in 1946 with degrees in chemistry, physics, and philosophy and received her M.Sc. degree from the University of Cincinnati. In each of the companies she co-founded, she served as a director of R&D and as chief engineer. She held 16 known patents in the field of electronics and was one of the pioneers in the invention of tape automated bonding (TAB).

The IEEE Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in the US, is accepting and managing the donations. Donations can be made:

  1. Online at by selecting the Frances B. Hugle Memorial Fund
  2. By check payable to the IEEE Foundation — Frances B. Hugle Memorial Fund and mailed to IEEE Foundation, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ, 08854, US.

TechSearch International Inc., founded in 1987, is a market research firm specializing in technology trends, microelectronics packaging, and assembly.


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