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Peggy Layne, P.E., joined Virginia Tech in 2003 as director of the AdvanceVT program, a National Science Foundation sponsored program to increase the number and success of women faculty in science and engineering. She is currently Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Director of AdvanceVT in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, where her responsibilities include faculty development programming and assessment and implementation of an electronic faculty activity reporting system. Ms. Layne has degrees in environmental and water resources engineering and science and technology studies. She spent 17 years as a consulting engineer in the fields of water and wastewater treatment and hazardous waste management. She also spent a year as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the United States Senate, where she was responsible for water, wastewater, and solid and hazardous waste policy issues for Senator Bob Graham. A registered professional engineer, Layne served as president of the Society of Women Engineers in 1996-97. She is the editor of Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers and Women in Engineering: Professional Life, published by ASCE Press in 2007.
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Recruitment and retention of women faculty in science and engineering