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Why This UK Professor Strives to Meet Students 'Where They Are'

As an educator, researcher and mentor, Janet Lumpp hopes to advocate for engineering, as well as women in STEM.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2022) Janet Lumpp has always had a knack for creating solutions to unique challenges.

“My dad was an engineer, and that was why we did a lot of home projects,” she said. “He always took a very analytical approach.”

Eager to follow in her father’s footsteps, Lumpp knew she wanted to be an engineer from the time she was in middle school.

Fast forward, Lumpp is now living out her passion for engineering and research as a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky.

Just as her father taught her how to be a problem-solver, Lumpp also serves as a mentor to countless students who are pursuing their own passions. “My philosophy is to meet the students where they are and bring them along.”

And in the process, Lumpp hopes to advocate for engineering, as well as women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

“People may not think engineering is very creative — that we’re very structured. But there’s always more than one way to solve a problem,” she said.

“You can tell she really cares about knowing who her students are,” Savannah Lewis, an electrical engineering student, added.

Learn more about how Lumpp is challenging students to find solutions through creativity in the video above.

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As an educator, researcher and mentor, Janet Lumpp hopes to advocate for engineering, as well as women in STEM.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.