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Irene Piscopo Rodgers '59

Irene Piscopo Rodgers ’59 earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Mary Washington and a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan. During her career, she served her clients and the industry with excellence and energy, holding positions as a chemist, an electron microscopist, and an independent consultant. James "Don" Rodgers was born in 1925 in Pittsburgh, Pa. During World War II, he joined the Signal Corps and worked with electron microscopes. After the war, he went to work for Philips Electronic Instruments as a product engineer, and was later promoted to product manager. He interviewed and hired Irene Piscopo at a time when there were few women scientists. When Don and Irene decided to marry, Irene left the company to get around the “married in the workplace” rule and was hired on as a consultant for Philips. Don had an outstanding career, retiring from Philips in 1988.She and her late husband established two fellowships, in 2010 and 2013 respectively, and three Alvey scholarships in 2009, 2014, and 2015.

Scholarships associated with Irene Piscopo Rodgers '59
  • Irene Piscopo Rodgers ’59 and James D. Rodgers Student Research Fellowship II
  • Irene Piscopo Rodgers ’59 and James D. Rodgers Student Research Fellowship I
  • James and Irene Piscopo Rodgers '59 - Alvey Scholarship
  • James D. Rodgers — Alvey Scholarship
  • Justin and Helen Piscopo - Alvey Scholarship
  • Richard V. and Rosemary A. Hurley STEM Scholarship
  • Helen G. and Justin J. Piscopo - Alvey Scholarship