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Jane Zimmer Daniels

Retired Program Director, Clare Boothe Luce Program, Henry Luce Foundation


Jane Zimmer Daniels retired from the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program and the Higher Education Program at the Henry Luce Foundation in New York City. The CBL Program is the nation’s largest private source of support for women in the sciences and engineering. Grants totaling some $120,000,000 have been made since the program’s inception in 1989 and more than 1500 women have received scholarships, fellowships or professorships since that time.

Jane directed Purdue’s Women in Engineering Program for more than 20 years, initiating pre-college, retention, and faculty programs that are still successful in providing women with the best opportunities to reach their full potential as engineering students. During Jane’s work at Purdue, she founded the Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network (WEPAN) and became its first president. She took a year’s leave in 1993-94 to direct the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) first grant program focused on gender equity. When she left Purdue in 2001 to begin her work with the Henry Luce Foundation, Jane was named Director Emeritus of Purdue’s Women in Engineering Program.

Jane has received many tributes for her work on behalf of women in engineering and science including the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion Award from Purdue Mortar Board; the Vincent Bendix Minorities in Engineering Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE); the "Special Boilermaker" Award from the Purdue Alumni Association; and more recently the Distinguished Service Award from the national Society of Women Engineers. She was also named a Woman of Achievement by the Lafayette YWCA and in 2006 joined Leah Jamison in the inaugural class of Purdue’s Women Pioneers. Most recently (2009) Jane was named a Distinguished Alumna by the College of Education at Purdue.

Jane has been a consultant to colleges and universities, industry, and government in the areas of gender equity, organizational effectiveness, and philanthropy. She is author and editor of more than 60 articles and chapters in books and speaks regularly to national and international audiences. Jane is a fellow in both the Society of Women Engineers and the Association of Women in Science.