Irma Marian Wyman Edit Profile
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, University Michigan, 1949.
In 1945, Wyman received a Regents Scholarship and was accepted into the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan as one of seven female students. To supplement her scholarship, she worked as a switchboard operator and waitress. At the time, women in engineering programs received little encouragement and support.
While her grades qualified her for membership in Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, she received only a "Women's Badge", since the society did not admit women at the time. Computing While still a junior in college, Wyman worked on a missile guidance project at the Willow Run Research Center. To calculate trajectory, they used mechanical calculators.
She visited a Navy research facility that was working on similar problems, and discovered they were using a prototype of a programmable computer that had been developed at Harvard University. She became interested in computers and later recalled that "I became an enthusiastic pioneer in this new technology and it led to my life's career." After graduation, she joined a start-up company that was eventually acquired by Honeywell Information Systems. She moved to Minneapolis and began a long management career at Honeywell, eventually serving as Chief Information Officer.
She became vice president of Honeywell Corporate Information Management (CIM) before retiring in 1990. Wyman supported research and planning as a thought leader in futures studies. As an aside to this, she contended to an interviewer in 1979, that it's just as important to know when to ignore all the careful planning and seize an opportunity.
Wyman endowed the Wyman Scholarship at the University of Michigan's Center for the Education of Women to support women in engineering, computer science and related fields. Awards and Honors We never get a second chance to make a first impression. (1983–1987) When sponsoring Honeywell's innovative Corporate Information Management Information Security Awareness Program (ISAP).
Member Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Board (board directors 1981-1986). Clubs: Horizon 100.
1977 - 1980
1980 - 1982