Dr.Carlotta A. Berry, the Dr. Lawrence J. Giacoletto Endowed Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, will be the recipient of the Distinguished Engineer Educator Award from the Society of Women Engineers. Dr. Berry will receive the award in Houston this October during WE22, a gathering of more than 14,000 women engineers and technologists for professional development, education, networking, and career opportunities.
Earlier this year, Professor Berry received the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ 2023 Undergraduate Teaching Award and the 2022 Distinguished Educator Award from the American Society of Engineering Education’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Division.
Dr. Berry, a member of the Rose-Hulman faculty since 2006, currently co-directs the institute’s multidisciplinary robotics program, which provides students the opportunity to earn a minor in robotics to recognize their experience and knowledge of robotics-related materials. She also co-founded the Building Undergraduate Diversity (RoseBUD) program, which encourages students from marginalized and minoritized groups to pursue STEM careers.
Professor Berry helped start two advocacy organizations, Black In Engineering and Black In Robotics, to bring awareness to systemic racism in STEM, and build community and connection among higher education allies. She also founded an education consulting firm, NoireSTEMinist, to provide workshops to make career fields in robotics and engineering more accessible and attractive to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Professor Berry holds bachelor’s degrees from Spelman College in Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned a master’s degree at Wayne State University in Detroit and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.