Dr. Kimberly Anderson, professor of chemical and materials engineering, is the recipient of the 2002 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award from the UK Women’s Forum. Dr. Anderson received the Award at a luncheon held in honor of the 2002 nominees on April 10.
The Award, named after former Dean of Women Sarah Bennett Holmes, is granted annually to a woman working at the University who promotes the growth and well being of other women not only at UK but throughout the Commonwealth. Dean Holmes championed the rights of women, particularly young women, and inspired many to persevere to pursue their educational and career goals. Holmes Hall on campus is named in her honor. The Award carries a $500 prize.
Dr. Anderson was nominated for the Award by Dr. Bruce Walcott who wrote ” Kim has served as an inspirational beacon and a stalwart champion of women’s rights in the College of Engineering, at the University, and in the community”.
In 1987 Dr. Anderson became the first tenure-track female faculty member in the College of Engineering’s history. Since her arrival, she has mentored countless high school, undergraduate and graduate students in addition to her teaching and advising duties and maintaining a high-profile research program in cellular engineering.
Her efforts directed towards women have included initiating the creation of the Women in Engineering Program, increasing female student enrollment in the College to 20%, and resurrecting what has now become the Award-winning student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers to name but a few.
Dr. Anderson strives to create a positive and supportive environment for women students in engineering at the undergraduate and graduate level. However, her professionalism and standards of excellence serve as models for all engineering students.