Jill S. Tietjen
Karen Jill Stein
1954 (age 64–65)
|Education||B.S. engineering, University of Virginia, 1976|
MBA, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1979
|Awards||Colorado Women's Hall of Fame, 2010|
Jill S. Tietjen (born 1954) is an American electrical engineer, consultant, women's advocate, author, and speaker. She is the president and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc., an electric utilities consulting firm which she founded in Greenwood Village, Colorado, in 2000. She has written or co-authored nine books and more than 100 technical papers. A strong advocate for the participation of women and girls in the STEM fields, she establishes scholarships for women in engineering and technology, and nominates women for awards and halls of fame. She was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Colorado Authors' Hall of Fame in 2019.
Early life and education
She graduated from Hampton High School and entered the third class opened to women at the University of Virginia, in 1972. She graduated in 1976 with a major in applied mathematics and minor in electrical engineering. She was one of the first 10 women to graduate in engineering from that university. She began working at Duke Power Company in Charlotte, North Carolina, and went on to earn her MBA at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1979.
After five years as a planning engineer with Duke Power, she moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1981 to become a planning analyst for Mobil Oil Corporation in the company's mining and coal division. As the energy business took a downturn in 1983, the following year she entered consulting work for electric utilities as assistant vice president of Stone & Webster Management Consultants in Greenwood Village, a position she held from 1984 to 1992. From 1992 to 1995 she was a principal with RCG/Hagler Bailly in Boulder, managing utility planning. She returned to Stone & Webster to run their Denver office from 1995 to 1997. During the latter period, she served as an expert witness for electric utilities before Federal and state regulatory commissions.
From 1997 to 2000, Tietjen turned to women's education as director of the Women in Engineering Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Between 1997 and 2008 she was an accreditor for engineering programs nationwide, including those on behalf of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
In 2000 she formed her own company, Technically Speaking, Inc., to provide consulting services to electric utilities. From 2001 to 2008 she worked as a senior engineer at McNeil Technologies, and from 2003 to 2005 as a senior management consultant at R. W. Beck.
Tietjen is a strong advocate for the participation of women and girls in the STEM fields. She mentors women and girls considering careers in engineering and technology, and has endowed scholarships for women in technology fields at the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as through the Society of Women Engineers. With an eye to supplying more role models for women, she regularly nominates candidates for awards and halls of fame in the engineering and technology fields. Her first nomination was for computer scientist Grace Hopper, who invented one of the first compiler related tools in 1952. In 1991 Hopper received the National Medal of Technology. Tietjen accepted the award on Hopper's behalf from President George H. W. Bush at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. Tietjen has nominated more than 30 inductees to the National Women's Hall of Fame across all fields of endeavor.
Writing and speaking
Tietjen is an editor for the Springer Women in Engineering series, and authored the series' introductory volume. She was a blogger for The Huffington Post from 2014 to 2018, writing about women's historical achievements.
Tietjen received training in public speaking in her first job at the Duke Power Company. She gave presentations on nuclear power for that company, and later used her speaking skills to deliver expert testimony for electric utilities before Federal and state regulatory commissions. She is also a motivational speaker on the topics of "women in engineering, historical women in engineering and science, and leadership".
Memberships and affiliations
Tietjen was elected to the national board of the Society of Women Engineers in 1988 and served as its national president from 1991-1992. She was the first woman on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Electrical League, as well as that group's first woman president.
Tietjen is an Outside Director of Merrick & Company and an Outside Director of the Georgia Transmission Corporation. Since 2008, she is a trustee of the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Awards and honors
Tietjen has been listed in Who's Who in Engineering, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in Technology. She was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Colorado Authors' Hall of Fame in 2019.
In 1976 she married her first husband, a fellow engineering student whom she met at the University of Virginia, becoming known as Jill S. Baylor. They divorced in 1994. Her second husband is David Tietjen. The couple resides in Centennial, Colorado.
- Hollywood: Her Story, An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies. Rowman & Littlefield. 2019. ISBN 9781493037063. (with Barbara Bridges)
- Engineering Women: Re-visioning Women's Scientific Achievements and Impacts. Springer. 2016. ISBN 3319408003.
- Women in Engineering Book 9: Recognizing and Taking Advantage of Opportunities. IEEE USA. 2016.
- Inspiring Women of the National Women's Hall of Fame. National Women's Hall of Fame. 2015. ISBN 0986179108. (with Jillaine Newman and Merrill Amos)
- Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America. Harper Collins. 2013. ISBN 0062041460. (with Charlotte. S. Waisman)
- Setting the Record Straight: The History and Evolution of Women's Professional Achievement in Accounting. White Apple Press. 2005. (with Betty Reynolds)
- Keys to Engineering Success. Prentice Hall. 2001. (with Kristy Schloss)
- Setting the Record Straight: An Introduction to the History and Evolution of Women's Professional Achievement. White Apple Press. 2001. ISBN 0964484951. (with Betty Reynolds)
- Setting the Record Straight: The History and Evolution of Women's Professional Achievement in Engineering. White Apple Press. 2001. (with Betty Reynolds)
- "Jill S. Tietjen Qualifications" (PDF). South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. 19 March 2014. p. 3. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- Shaw, David L. (4 May 2015). "A Conversation With: Jill Tietjen, CEO of National Women's Hall of Fame". Finger Lakes Times. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- "Jill Tietjen". Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- Halkidis, Anna (26 January 2016). "21 Leaders 2016 – Meet Three Powerhouses Who Enrich Women's Economics". Women's eNews. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- Parker, Marla, ed. (1995), "Jill S. Baylor – Electrical Engineering", She Does Math!: Real-life Problems from Women on the Job, Mathematical Association of America, p. 26, ISBN 0883857022
- Butler, Mary (23 May 2009). "Making Way for More Jills in a Jack World". Colorado Biz. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "Member Spotlight: Jill Tietjen". Society of Women in Engineering. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- "Reflections Interview: Jill Tietjen, Author, STEM Champion, President National Women's Hall of Fame". Brand Mirror. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- "Jill S. Tietjen's Huffington Post Blog". National Women's Hall of Fame. 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- "Jill S. Tietjen's View from the Boardroom". Women in the Boardroom. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
- Shaw, David L. (10 January 2016). "Women's Hall of Fame CEO resigns, group gets $750K for mill project". Finger Lakes Times. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- "Meet the 2019 Inductees". Colorado Authors' Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
- "Far More Colorado" video interview with Jill Tietjen, March 30, 2013
- "Great Colorado Women - Jill Tietjen 'Engineering Women back into History'" (video)