Willie Hobbs Moore
First in EE
Willie Hobbs Moore (1934–1994) made history as the first African American woman at Michigan to earn a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering ('58 and '61). She then followed up on this record as the first African American woman in the country to earn a PhD in physics. She worked as a research scientist at U-M until 1977, researching spectroscopic work on proteins. In 1977, she became an assembly engineer at Ford, where she expanded Ford's use of Japanese engineering and manufacturing methods. She was name one of the 100 "most promising black women in corporate America" by Ebony magazine in 1991.
The University of Michigan established the Willie Hobbs Moore: Aspire, Advance, Achieve Award to recognize individuals who have served as formal or informal mentors to students in fields related to Science, Technology, and Engineering. It is sponsored by the Center for Engineering Diversity & Outreach and Women in Science & Engineering.