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Carolyn D. Heising papers

Identifier: RS 11/9/52

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Scope and Content

This collection (1970-2008) contains biographical information, correspondence, research projects, class and employment information, contracting and consulting work, trips, meetings, seminars, and conferences, committee work, published materials, videotapes, audiotapes, and photographs.

The collection is arranged in the following series: Biographical Information, 1984-[ongoing]; Correspondence, 1981-[ongoing]; Education and Employment, 1972-[ongoing]; Grants and Proposals/Printed Materials, 1973-[ongoing]; Meetings and Trips, 1980-[ongoing]; and Audiovisual Materials, 1970-[ongoing].

Series 1, Biographical Information, contains several resumes and a biographical sketch.

Series 2, Correspondence, includes for the most part, professional correspondence concerning aspects of Heising’s work, but also contains letters from Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dukakis and Iowa Senator, Tom Harkin, indications of Heising’s involvement with the Democratic Party.

Series 3, Education and Employment, documents Heising’s career, beginning with her work at Stanford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northeastern University, and numerous consulting jobs. The documents include a National Science Foundation funded study, “Air Pollutants in San Diego County;” her designs for classes; seminars; printed information concerning MIT; various job interview materials; and class records from Northeastern. Heising’s consulting files include jobs with the Oak Ridge Laboratory, Telematique (France), the U.S. Air Force; VALPUC Nuclear Laboratory; Boston Edison and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Series also contains materials from courses she taught at Iowa State University.

Series 4, Grants and Proposals/Printed Materials, contains articles pertaining to Heising’s research interests. The topics include aspects of nuclear reactor management - probabilistic risk assessments, the application of Bayes Theorem, responses to accident sequences, nuclear safety, the financial risk of accidents, and quality control. There are also several articles and presentations relating to women in engineering.

Series 5, Meetings and Trips, contains information about Heising’s extensive travel over the world, to the Faculty Institute at Argonne, the Conference on Nuclear Power for the Arab World, the European Conference Communication, and others. The bulk of this series, however, consists of records from the American Nuclear Society, the Professional Women in ANS (American Nuclear Society) Committee, and the Society of Women Engineers. These records include files on meetings, workshops and seminars.

The remaining series, Audio-visual Materials, contains videotapes of presentations and workshops; audiotapes of presentations, including Heising’s thesis presentation; and numerous photographs (black and white, color, and negatives). The photographs document Heising’s family, trips to Sea World and California, her high school reunion, a Safety Culture conference in Vienna, and Iowa State University.


  • 1970-2008

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Access Restrictions

Open for research. This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the department at least 3 working days in advance.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Carolyn DeLane Heising (b. 1952) received her B.A. (1974) in Applied Physics from the University of California at San Diego and her M.S. (1975) in Nuclear Engineering and PhD (1978) in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Heising has been employed as a postdoctoral Research Associate (1978-1980) and Assistant Professor (1980-1984) in Nuclear Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Associate Professor (1984-1989) and Professor (1989-1993) of Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University; and Professor of Industrial and Nuclear Engineering at Iowa State University (1993- ).

Heising is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Society of Women Engineers, the American Nuclear Society (ANS), the Professional Women in ANS Committee, and in 1987, received the Young Scholar Award from the American Association of University Women. She has obtained numerous grants and contracts totaling over 1 million dollars and has presented and published over 200 papers. She currently teaches courses and conducts research in reliability, risk analysis, quality control, and management.


42.94 Linear Feet (75 document boxes, 4 half-document boxes, 7 records center cartons, and 1 oversized box)


The collection is arranged in the following six series:

Series 1, Biographical Information, 1984-2006

Series 2, Correspondence, 1981-2007

Series 3, Education and Employment, 1972-2007

Series 4, Grants and Proposals/Printed Materials, 1973-2008

Series 5, Meetings and Trips, 1980-2007

Series 6, Audio-visual Materials, 1970-2002

Physical Location

This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the Special Collections and University Archives at least 3 working days in advance.

Items in related collections

RS 11/9. Iowa State University. Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering records, 1929-2014

Related collection materials

There is also an untranscribed oral history interview with Dr. Heising in MS-379.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 11/9/52. Carolyn D. Heising papers, 1970-2008
July 1, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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