EECS graduate student Liane Bernstein has been named as the second recipient of the Order of the White Rose. The Order of the White Rose was established to honour the victims of the tragedy of December 6, 1989, at Polytechnique, as part of the activities surrounding the 25th annual commemoration of the event. The scholarship not only recognizes the importance that Polytechnique attaches to women’s contributions to engineering, but is also meant to be a catalyst for emerging talents. Ms. Bernstien was chosen for her stellar academic accomplishments as well as her role as a model for young women interested in careers in engineering.
Ms. Thibodeau-DeGuire, who in 1963 was Polytechnique’s first woman graduate in civil engineering, notes: “Liane Bernstein is a true source of inspiration for young women who have chosen engineering as their field of study. The jury has selected an exceptional student who has proved that it is possible not only to fit in but to stand out in a predominantly male field like engineering physics. In addition to her studies, she leads a well-rounded life, being an accomplished musician and athlete.”
Photo courtesy of The Order of the White Rose Committee.