Where Are They Now? Frances H. Benton, NHTI, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Once the only woman in her engineering class, Francie was motivated to increase the numbers of women entering the engineering fields. Francie has both donated and raised over $108,000 in scholarship money for young women through the Frances H. Benton Women’s Engineering Scholarship Fund which she founded in 2005.
Francie graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Technology at NHTI in 1985. According to the US Department of Labor, only 5.6% of our country’s mechanical engineers in 2003 were women. Determined to increase this percentage, Francie initiated her Women’s Engineering Scholarship Fund with a generous lead donation of $25,000.
In her words: “In 2005 when the Women’s Engineering Scholarship project began at NHTI, the goal was to create an endowed scholarship to encourage and assist young women entering the Engineering technology fields. The future of our country is dependent on a work force with technology skills and we can be proud that we have done something about it!”
For Francie, engineering has been a fascinating and rewarding career path. Her experience includes designing equipment to grow industrial sapphire, developing liquid sensors to prevent toxic chemical spills and presently developing marking and coding printers for food and pharmaceutical safety. She has recently worked on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag applicators for product identification. She holds five US patents and her career includes travel around the country, as well as Asia and Europe. Francie is a Senior Technologist/Mechanical Engineer at Markem-Imaje Corp. in Keene.
For more information and to apply for the Frances H. Benton Women’s Engineering Scholarship, click here.