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Kitty Didion, WEPAN Executive Director


Catherine “Kitty” Didion is the executive director of WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network).


From 2016 to 2018, Didion was a vice president at Olin College of Engineering with overall responsibility for the college’s advancement efforts, including external engagement strategies. Didion served from 2006 to 2016 as the director of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and as a senior program officer at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Didion was the lead staff officer for over a dozen publications, including Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering and Mathematics Faculty; Career Choices of Female Engineers; and Surmounting the Barriers: Ethnic Diversity in Engineering Education.


Before joining the National Academies, Didion was the executive director of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). During her tenure AWIS was awarded the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Didion has extensive experience on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., including a staff position on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.


In 2012, Didion was named one of “100 Women Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).” Her honors include a 2014 National Academy of Engineering Staff Award; American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow; AWIS Fellow; Drucker Foundation Fellow; Texaco Management Institute Fellow; Secretary of the U.S. Air Force Inaugural Environmental Civic Leader; and Certificate of Commendation and Distinguished Service, Embassy of the United States of America, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Didion completed her undergraduate degree at Mount Holyoke College and graduate work at the University of Virginia.

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