Celebrating Exceptional Women
A Life’s Work
A Life’s Work
By Allyson Meyer
The associate professor of industrial and systems engineering at USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering uses her passion for her field to create learning opportunities, community partnerships and hands-on experiences that foster awareness about important social justice issues. In late March 2021, Dalrymple was named a Woman of Influence in Engineering by the San Diego Business Journal.
As a woman of color in a male-dominated field, Dalrymple sees the award as an opportunity to legitimize the impact that different perspectives can have on engineering, as well as the ways in which those shifting perspectives can change how socio-conscious innovations become reality.
“I think it is important to demonstrate that someone who has my identities, someone who defines their engineering in the ways I define my engineering, that they are legitimate. I think that’s what these awards and recognitions do,” says Dalrymple. “It helps legitimize the things that are not seen as the dominant ways of doing things.”
It’s the recognition of these nondominant perspectives that drives her in her work as an educator and a community member.
Instrumental in developing connections between the engineering field and the community, Dalrymple has created partnerships with external organizations like the San Diego Blind Community Center while fostering on-campus initiatives such as the Engineering Exchange for Social Justice. She’s motivated to ensure engineering is a diverse and inclusive field that represents all the communities it serves. For Dalrymple, this starts with bringing new voices to the profession.
“To the many whose identities are not well represented at the table in the engineering profession, you are needed. Your perspectives, your experiences, your assets are needed in order for us to truly be able to create just, eco-friendly, socio-friendly, sustainable solutions that really address the needs of all,” she says. “You need to be at the table. You need to be here taking up space. You need to be here bringing your brilliance, bringing your potential, bringing your passion.”
With a career focused on inspiring the next generation of engineering leaders, Dalrymple has found her life’s mission: a dedication to ensuring that everyone has access to a field that can change the world.
Article posted with permission from the University of San Diego University Publications department.