Irene Peden, Professor (Emeritus), Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
A member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Dr. Peden was
the first woman electrical engineering faculty member at the University
of Washington, which she joined in 1962. Her research interests are in
geophysical subsurface remote sensing, radio science, electromagnetic
wave scattering and propagation. She was the first woman
engineer/scientist to conduct field work in the interior of the
Antarctic continent as a Principal Investigator (1970). She and her
students provided significant information about radio propagation and
the polar ionosphere, buried antennas, electromagnetic properties of the
ice sheet, and radio propagation over long paths in the polar regions.
Later research activity concerned location and identification of deeply
buried tunnels and other subsurface targets.
Dr. Peden has held a number of leadership positions. While at the
University of Washington, she served as Associate Dean of the College of
Engineering and as Associate Chair of the Department of Electrical
Engineering. From 1991 to 1993 she served for two and one half years as
Director of the Division of Electrical and Communications Systems at the
National Science Foundation, a term that also included nine months as
Director of the former Engineering Infrastructure Division . She has
also held leadership positions in IEEE and AAAS. She is also a Fellow
of the AAAS, ASEE, ABET, the International Engineering Consortium and
the Society of Women Engineers.