Year Inducted / Awarded: 2004
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Dr. Janet Callahan is the 15th Dean of Engineering at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering, a MS in Metallurgy and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, all degrees earned from the University of Connecticut. Her career began as a Visiting Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Melbourne, Australia as part of a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship. This was followed by academic appointments as Assistant and Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where Dr. Callahan was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Early Career award for her work in high temperature coatings. She then served as Associate Dean of Engineering, followed by Chair of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. Dr. Callahan’s research specializations include educational research, freshmen retention, STEM education, high temperature oxidation, biomaterials, radioactive coatings, brachytherapy and nanomaterials. She has authored more than 100 journal articles, patents and scholarly articles in these fields.