Frecker named to ELATE National Leadership Program

May 21, 2018

Originally published by Drexel University.

PHILADELPHIA (May, 2018) – ELATE at Drexel®, an elite, one of a kind professional development program for women in the academic STEM fields, is pleased to announce the selection of its 2018-19 class of Fellows. Mary Frecker, professor in the Penn State Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, has been awarded this honor.

The incoming class for ELATE at Drexel® includes 18 experienced and diverse women faculty from 16 different institutions across the country and Canada. They are leaders in biotechnology, chemistry, engineering and health science. Each was nominated by her dean or provost and will contribute to institutional initiatives as she expands her leadership skills.

ELATE at Drexel® is a one year, part time program that focuses on increasing personal and professional leadership effectiveness, leading and managing change initiatives within institutions, using strategic finance and resource management to enhance organizational missions, and creating a network of exceptional women who bring organizational perspectives and deep personal capacity to the institutions and society they serve. Facilitated by leaders in the fields of STEM research and leadership development, the curriculum includes classroom lessons and activities, online instruction and discussion, and on-the- job application at each Fellow’s home institution.

The work for this incoming class begins in May with online assignments and community building activities, and the program will conclude in March 2019 with a symposium organized around institutional change projects that have been developed in collaboration with the leadership of their organizations, and a graduation ceremony attended by their deans, provosts, and other university leaders. Fellows begin the first of three week-long, in-residence sessions when they meet for the first time at the Chubb Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, PA., on August 4, 2018.

About ELATE at Drexel®: For more information on the ELATE curriculum, faculty and participants, visit


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Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering.

Mary Frecker, professor mechanical, nuclear, and biomedical engineering.



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