Two National Engineering Societies Recognize Electrical Engineering Student Alexa Jakob

POSTED ON: September 16, 2020

Alexa Jakob, a junior studying electrical engineering, recently received awards from both The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP).

Jakob, who serves as The Cooper Union SWE chapter president, was one of 14 recipients this year to receive its GE Women's Scholarship, which in addition to a financial award for education costs, also includes a connection to a mentor and professional development opportunities within GE. Last year she participated in the SWE Future Leaders program, and currently, is a leader in the Society’s LGBTQ+ and Allies Affinity Group, which provides professional development and networking resources to its LGBTQ+ members.

NOGLTSP awarded Jakob the 2020 Inphi Scholarship in Physics and Engineering, which includes a $5000 scholarship, in recognition of her work as founding president of oSTEM (Out in Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) at Cooper.

“I am thrilled that these scholarships recognize and reaffirm my commitment to equity and inclusion,” said Jakob. “Organizations like SWE and NOGLSTP are critical in promoting the voices of underrepresented people in STEM. Through these scholarships, SWE and NOGLSTP are galvanizing a new generation of leaders in STEM.”

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.