SWE Magazine made a solid showing in this year’s APEX Awards competition, earning six Awards of Excellence and two Grand Awards. The Grand Award is the highest honor bestowed in this international competition.
Anne M. Perusek, director of editorial and publications, earned a Grand Award for the Fall 2019 issue of SWE Magazine in the magazines, journals, and tabloids category. Commenting on the issue, judges remarked: “This is just a jam-packed issue that makes it difficult for the reader to determine which article to read first. Starting with a striking cover illustration to promote the lead story of the issue, the issue begins with a News & Advocacy piece [that celebrates] the contributions of society members to the space race. The reader is then treated to a wonderful human-interest article with examples of how women engineers have dealt with several ‘weird’ challenges, then the fabulous cover story titled ‘Constructive Voices in Turbulent Times’ along with the normal popular features. High-quality writing, illustrations, photography, design and layout—just a Grand Award winning issue.”
Also receiving a Grand Award, in writing, was SWE archivist Troy Eller English for the news story “Somehow, I Participated in That,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon mission. The article appeared in the Fall 2019 issue. The judges offered these observations: “While giving us a rarely seen glimpse into the archives of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the author/archivist spotlights poignant excerpts from Profiles of SWE Oral History Project. The author effectively contrasts the men who worked out front with the women engineers, mathematicians and scientists who worked behind the scenes to help humankind reach the moon. Particularly astute is the comparison of female engineers to the sailmakers for the explorers — but in this case it was the exploration of space. Although this article zeroes in on four women, links to a two-episode podcast and the full oral history interviews give the reader access to additional primary source material.”