President’s Award for Gender Equity: Sarah Codd, Founders Day Faculty Awards, Academic Year 2023-24. Portrait of Sarah Codd.

Sarah Codd

Montana State University has announced Sarah Codd, professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering, is the winner of the President’s Award for Gender Equity. The award recognizes recipients who have an established record of working to improve issues related to gender equity. It carries a $2,000 honorarium.  

In Codd’s capacity as a faculty adviser and as a leader in the college, she has long advocated for women in STEM and advised them on ways to be impactful members of the engineering community.  

“Sarah has been the glue that has held the community of female engineering faculty together since I got to MSU's campus in 2014,” said Stephanie McCalla, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. “She goes above and beyond to mentor junior faculty, build community and make important connections. She would plan social events at her house for female engineering faculty and postdocs, and she went through great efforts to make sure everyone felt included. She also advocates for female colleagues to upper administration. Sarah came to MSU when very few women faculty were in the College of Engineering, and I can't imagine that we would have the gender equity we’ve become known for in our college without her.”