Helen E. Grenga

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Helen Eva Grenga (1938 - April 14, 2006) was the first full-tenured female engineering professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Early life and education[edit]

Grenga graduated from Shorter College in 1960 with a B.A. in Chemistry, and from the University of Virginia in 1967 with a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.[1]

Georgia Tech[edit]

Grenga first came to Georgia Tech in 1967, working as a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry.[2] In 1968, she held the title of professor of metallurgy. From 1981 to 1982, she was national president of the Society of Women Engineers.[2]

Other roles Grenga held included Director of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, and Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs.[1] In 2001, Grenga published Movies on the Fantail, ISBN 0-9709110-0-9, about her brother's time on the USS Barr during World War II.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Helen E. Grenga Photographs on Women in Engineering". Archives & Records Management. Georgia Tech Library. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Helen Grenga, Tech's first female professor, dies". The Whistle. Georgia Institute of Technology. 2006-04-24. Retrieved 2011-06-05.