Distinguished Alumni Awards

Betty Coulman

Betty  Coulman
To Betty Coulman, for her contributions to the field of printing technology and her efforts to advance women in science and engineering.

R&D Program Manager, HP Printing Technology Platforms, Corvallis, OR

  • BS, 1975, Chemistry, Bucknell University
  • MS, 1981, Teaching of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, 1982, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • PhD, 1984, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Betty Coulman’s career in research and development began at Philips, where she worked on a wide range of semiconductor device design and processing projects. She continued her work in microelectronics at Wacker (1992—1994), where she led the procurement and qualification of processing equipment for a new wafer fabrication. Coulman joined HP in 1995 as a lead product engineer in integrated circuits testing. She moved into InkJet printing the following year, where she managed significant improvements in quality, yield, performance, and cost for the highest volume, most profitable HP pen. As R&D program manager, Coulman leads the identification, analysis, and development of new InkJet printing markets. She managed a cross-divisional project that developed the product architecture for future high-performance desktop printers.

An advocate for women in science and engineering, Coulman is a mentor to HP women new to management and has been active in creating more network opportunities for women in the company. She has served on the Materials Science and Engineering Alumni Board at the University of Illinois since 1999 and has participated in numerous career panels for students within the department. She has also been active in recruiting Illinois engineering students to HP for the past several years.

Coulman has more than twenty materials science publications and nine Web-based publications on digital photography and printing. She has three patents pending.

She is deeply committed to volunteer service. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she gave her time to restore heirloom photos for hurricane survivors.

Current as of 2009.