Success Profile: Dr. Raissa Ferron, First Black Woman To Receive Tenure at UT-Austin, Dept. of Civil Engineering

Dr. Raissa Douglas Ferron recently made history as the first African-American woman to earn tenure in Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ferron is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Engineering at UT-Austin where she became a full-time, appointed faculty member in 2009.

The university has recognized Ferron for developing new, innovative courses and expanding offerings for UT-Austin students. She has also severed as co-principal investigator and principal investigator for approximately $3.7 million in externally funded research.

Dr. Ferron has received numerous awards for outstanding work and research, including being named one of the Top 10 New Faces in Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). When she is not teaching or mentoring, Dr. Ferron is an active member of several technical committees, including ASTM International Committee C09: Concrete and Concrete Aggregates; Transportation Research Board Committee AFN40: Concrete Materials and Placement Techniques; American Concrete Institute Committee 237: Self-Consolidating Concrete; and American Concrete Institute Committee 238: Workability of Fresh Concrete.

In addition to her recent tenure appointment, Dr. Ferron was recently selected to receive the American Concrete Institute’s Young Member Award for Professional Achievement for her contributions in educating and mentoring students in concrete materials and for her commitment to diversity. She will receive the award at the ACI Spring 2017 Concrete Convention and Exposition in Detroit, Michigan.

A Brooklyn native, Dr. Ferron earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a master’s degree and PhD from Northwestern University.  She was the first African-American female to earn a doctorate in civil engineering from Northwestern. Dr. Ferron is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Dr. Ferron is married to Mr. Marcus Ferron and the couple has two children.

 

Brianna Allen

BRIANNA ALLEN IS A SENIOR MAJORING IN COMMUNICATIONS STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN. A HOUSTON NATIVE, SHE ENJOYS WRITING AND TRAVELING. BRIANNA RECENTLY STUDIED ABROAD IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA. SHE IS ACTIVE ON UT-AUSTIN CAMPUS SERVING ON THE AFRICAN AMERICAN AFFAIRS LEADERSHIP TEAM AND IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF DELTA XI CHAPTER OF ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INCORPORATED WHERE SHE SERVES AS THE IVY LEAF REPORTER.

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