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Published on Jun 18, 2014
Presented by UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning
An Alaskan since 1928, Helen Atkinson graduated from UAF in 1936 as the first woman to earn a degree in civil engineering. This was a time when there were only 50 women engineers in the entire world. Helen worked for Boeing, Fairbanks Exploration Company, and the city of Fairbanks as the building inspector and the city engineer.
The UAF Alumni Association named her a distinguished alumna in 1987. She was a former University of Alaska regent, and received an honorary doctorate of laws from UAF in 2003.
A true renaissance woman, she was also a published freelance writer and an accomplished watercolor artist.