SWE Announces the Recipients Of Its Annual Awards Program

 Individuals in Engineering and Technology Recognized for STEM Achievements & Community Contributions
SWE Announces the Recipients Of Its Annual Awards Program -

SWE announced today the recipients of its annual awards program, a nod to those movers and shakers who are making significant contributions to the STEM community and the advancement of women in engineering. SWE award recipients include professionals and collegiates from influential businesses, corporations and universities across the globe.

“The men and women recognized have lived and learned through significant contributions to the engineering community, and they continue to lead in their careers and personal lives,” said Rachel Morford, from The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, Calif., and president of SWE. “They are leaders paving the way to empower and inspire future women engineers across the globe.”

This year’s award recipients will be recognized at WE21, the world’s largest conference and career fair for women engineers and technologists on October. 21-23, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN, in the WE21 Awards Hall. The conference will gather more than 14,000 professional and collegiate individuals in engineering and technology for professional development, education and networking.

The awards recipients are as follows:

 

Achievement Award – The highest award given by the Society of Women Engineers. It is presented annually to an individual who has made significant and progressive technical contributions.

  • Qian Lin, Ph.D., HP Inc.

 

Advocating Women in Engineering Award – Honors individuals who have demonstrated professional excellence in their chosen STEM field and has proven to be an advocate of women in engineering and SWE’s objectives

  • Chris LaFleur, D.Eng., P.E., Sandia National Laboratories
  • Danielle Hilliard, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Seiko Okano, Naval Sea Systems Command
  • Martha McCabe, Kansas City STEM Alliance
  • Tracy L. Young, Dow. Inc

 

 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award– Presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the engineering profession through education.

  • Yvette E. Pearson, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, University of Texas at Dallas

 

Distinguished Service Award – Recognizes a SWE member who has made a significant contribution(s) to the Society of Women Engineers for at least twenty (20) years at all levels of the Society.

  • Sandra L. Postel, Retired Boeing Executive

 

Diversity & Inclusion Program Award – Recognizes an individual or company who has pioneered a diversity & inclusion program within their organization.

  • Medtronic

 

Entrepreneur Award – Honors an individual who chose to follow a different path than their colleagues in the corporate and academic worlds, and in doing so, serves as a role model.

  • Kimberly D. Moore, KDM Engineering

 

Emerging Leader Award – Honors individuals who have been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession and have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills as an individual resulting in significant accomplishments.

  • Erica A. Douglas, Ph.D., Sandia National Laboratories
  • Geetika Purohit, John Deere
  • Jianfang (Olena) Zhu, Intel Corporation
  • Kristin N. Valente, Ph.D., Merck & Co. Inc.
  • Marie Claire Murekatete, Intel Corporation
  • Priyanka Dobriyal, Ph.D., Intel Corporation
  • Sarita Kuppili, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Stephanie E. Barrett, Ph.D., Merck & Co. Inc.
  • Suzanne Waligora, The Boeing Company
  • Yin Wai Vanessa Li, Novelis

 

Fellow Grade – Honor conferred on SWE members in recognition of continuous service to the advancement of women in the engineering profession.

  • Georgette M. Michko, Ed.D., University of Houston (Retired)
  • Linda A. Freeman, Rockwell Automation
  • Mary T. Zeis, Procter and Gamble (Retired)
  • Seena Drapala, GE (Retired)

 

Global Leadership Award – Honors an individual who has worked in and led an internationally based engineering, scientific or technology-based business or organization, and in doing so, serves as a role model to women engineers and technologists worldwide.

  • Janet Matsushita, P.Eng., Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Rebecca Guinn, Deere & Company
  • Sarah T. Eckersley, Ph.D., Dow Inc.

 

Global Team Leadership Award – Presented to a team with women in technical leadership roles that meet or exceed project objectives while demonstrating innovative thinking to overcome global challenges.

  • 3M Global Respirator Decontamination Team, 3M
  • Haier Global Dryer Team, GE Appliance, a Haier Company
  • Polaris Control System Team, Carrier Corporation

 

Outstanding Collegiate Member Award – Bestowed upon SWE collegiate members who have made an outstanding contribution to SWE, the engineering community and their campus.

  • Andrea Palomo Saavedra, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ayumi Manawadu, Washington State University
  • Claudia E. Berdugo-Díaz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Elizabeth Heyde, University of California, San Diego
  • Jessica Horii, Colorado School of Mines
  • Kristine Loh, University of Minnesota
  • Molly A. Skinner, University of South Florida
  • Samantha Balistreri, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Sophia Xu, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Taylor Daniels, University of Pittsburgh

 

Outstanding Faculty Advisory Award- Bestowed upon a leader who has made an outstanding contribution to a SWE collegiate section as an advisor.

  • Candiece White, Rutgers University, School of Engineering

 

Patent Recognition Award – Recognizes SWE members who have been awarded a patent within the previous three years from the award application deadline.

  • Abhilasha Bhargav-Spantzel, Ph.D., Microsoft Corporation, 7 Patents
  • Abhishek Chakravarty, Emerson, 1 Patent
  • Adrienne Brasche, Caterpillar Inc., 1 Patent
  • Agnes Blom-Schieber, Ph.D., The Boeing Company, 10 Patents
  • Aishwarya Vaidyanathan, BD, 1 Patent
  • Aja Hartman, HP Inc., 3 Patents
  • Alisa Stoops, GE Appliances, a Haier Company, 3 Patents
  • Alison E. Bergmann, Deere & Company, 1 Patent
  • Alyssa Haines, DePuy Synthes, 1 Patent
  • Alyssa Shedlosky, Becton Dickinson, 1 Patent
  • Amber Iraeta, Bio-Rad Laboratories, 1 Patent
  • Amelia Hensley, GE Appliances, a Haier Company, 1 Patent
  • Amy Herrmann, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Amy Song, The Dow Chemical Company, 1 Patent
  • Ana Biazetti, IBM, 3 Patents
  • Ana Paula Appel, IBM, 3 Patents
  • Andrea Stokes, GE Appliances, 1 Patent
  • Angela Li, The Boeing Company, 4 Patents
  • Anita L. Tracy, Ph.D., Pratt & Whitney, 8 Patents
  • Ann Gilman, 3M, 1 Patent
  • Anna Fenko, GE Appliances, 1 Paten
  • Arlene McKeeman Brown, The Boeing Company, 1 Patent
  • Bindu Krishnan, Ph.D., The Dow Chemical Company, 1 Patent
  • Brenda Lisitano, Raytheon Technologies, 1 Patent
  • Cailee Caldwell, Nike Inc., 1 Patent
  • Carina Hahn, Intel Corporation, 1 Patent
  • Carla Ali-Napo, HP Inc., 1 Patent
  • Carmen Siau, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Carol T. Ozaki, HP Inc., 1 Patent
  • Caroline Ylitalo, Ph.D., 3M, 5 Patents
  • Carrie L. Davis, Nike Inc., 18 Patents
  • Cathryn J. Christiansen, GlobalFoundries, 4 Patents
  • Catie Corbett, Ethicon, 3 Patents
  • Chew Yee Kee, Ph.D., Motorola Solutions, 2 Patents
  • Chin Chin Ooi, Motorola Solutions Inc., 1 Patent
  • Christie Dudenhoefer, HP Inc., 2 Patents
  • Christina Gillam, Emerson, 1 Patent
  • Christina Wood, Nike Inc., 7 Patents
  • Claire Hartmann-Thompson, Ph.D., 3M, 2 Patents
  • Cristina Urdaneta Thomas, 3M, 2 Patents
  • Dafna Langerman, Ph.D., Motorola Solutions Israel, 1 Patent
  • Daisy Dillon, GlobalFoundries, 1 Patent
  • Danielle C. Young, The Boeing Company, 1 Patent
  • Danielle Judka, Lockheed Martin, 2 Patents
  • Danielle Taylor, Nike Inc., 36 Patents
  • Deborah Gruenhagen, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Deena Reader, General Motors, 2 Patents
  • Deepashri Phatak, Caterpillar Inc., 1 Patent
  • Denise Ponganis Mei, Nike Inc., 1 Patent
  • Diane Heidlebaugh, The Boeing Company, 1 Patent
  • Diane L. Peters, Ph.D., P.E., F.SWE, Kettering University, 1 Patent
  • Edith W. Fung, Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, 1 Patent
  • Eileen Kutscha, The Boeing Company, 2 Patents
  • Elaine Quek, Motorola Solutions Inc, 1 Patent
  • Elise Morskieft, Eaton Industries (Netherlands) B.V., 1 Patent
  • Elizabeth M. Bowman, Ph.D., The Boeing Company, 1 Patent
  • Ellen C. Lee, Ph.D., Ford Motor Company, 3 Patents
  • Erica Fung, HP Inc., 5 Patents
  • Erica Harvie, Pratt & Whitney, 1 Patent
  • Eunice Allen-Bradley, Pratt & Whitney / Raytheon Technologies, 1 Patent
  • Fang Lu, IBM, 1 Patent
  • Francesca Schuler, Ph.D., Motorola Solutions, 2 Patents
  • Geetha B. Nagaraj, Motorola Solutions Inc., 1 Patent
  • Gelayol Moradzadeh, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Gidget Heintz, Keysight Technologies Inc., 1 Patent
  • Gloria McKinney, GE Appliances, a Haier Company, 1 Patent
  • Grace Lim Wei Wen, Motorola Solutions Inc., 1 Patent
  • Hang Yan Yuen, Ph.D., HP Inc., 1 Patent
  • Heidi E. Ziegler, The Boeing Company, 2 Patents
  • Himani Deshpande, Cummins Inc., 1 Patent
  • Holli Pheil, Nike Inc., 16 Patents
  • Honee Mesa, HP Inc., 3 Patents
  • Hong Shen, Ph.D., Becton Dickinson, 1 Patent
  • Honghua Zhang, Ph.D., Becton, Dickinson and Company, 1 Patent
  • Ionelia Silvia Prajescu, GE Appliances, a Haier Company, 5 Patents
  • Irina Zakharova, The Boeing Company, 3 Patents
  • Isabel Sanz, HP Inc., 6 Patents
  • Jaime L. Curtis-Fisk, Ph.D., The Dow Chemical Company, 1 Patent
  • James Chen, The Boeing Company, 4 Patents
  • Janice Pak, Becton Dickinson, 3 Patents
  • Jayanthi Rao, Ford Motor Company, 8 Patents
  • Jean Bobgan, Boston Scientific, 4 Patents
  • Jennifer Bishop, Nike Inc., 12 Patents
  • Jennifer Dickson, The Boeing Company, 2 Patents
  • Jennifer Fiore Cox, The Boeing Company, 1 Patent
  • Jennifer K. Light-Holets, Cummins Inc., 6 Patents
  • Jessica Hoye, BD, 1 Patent
  • Jessica Korpela, Rockwell Automation, 3 Patents
  • Jessica R. Levin, Dow Inc., 1 Patent
  • Jessie Yu, IBM, 10 Patents
  • Jia Min Moon, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Jill Hillman, Motorola Solutions Inc., 1 Patent
  • Jill Seebergh, Ph.D., The Boeing Company, 4 Patents
  • Jill Snyder, GE Appliances, 1 Patent
  • Jin-E Shin, Ph.D., PepsiCo, 1 Patent
  • Jody Stowell, Motorola Solutions Inc., 1 Patent
  • Josenia Gerdes, Caterpillar Inc., 2 Patents
  • Jui Desai, John Deere, 1 Patent
  • Julie Perkins, The Boeing Company, 1 Patent
  • Karen Suttmann, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Kari L. Mueller, GE Appliances, a Haier Company, 1 Patent
  • Katherine Avery Vozar, Ph.D., Ford Motor Company, 1 Patent
  • Katherine Caverno, GE Appliances, a Haier Company, 2 Patents
  • Katherine J. Schmid, Johnson & Johnson, 4 Patents
  • Katrin Reitsma, Ph.D., Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Kelly Zhang, The Boeing Company, 1 Patent
  • Kelsea Cox, The Boeing Company, 4 Patents
  • Kiesha Grant, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Kimberly Siepert, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Laura Downing, Johnson & Johnson, 3 Patents
  • Laura Milena Ramirez Rojas, Emerson Automation Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Laura Silverstein, GlobalFoundries, 1 Patent
  • Lauren Flakne, Ethicon, 2 Patents
  • Lee Hoon Beh, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Leslie Drogo, Ph.D., HP Inc., 1 Patent
  • Li Li Chuah, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Lin Lin, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Ling Zhong, Ph.D., Dow Corporate, 1 Patent
  • Lisa Manwell, Ford Motor Company, 1 Patent
  • Lisajane M. Romer, Motorola Solutions Inc., 1 Patent
  • Lorraine M. Herger, IBM Research, 3 Patents
  • Lynn T.-N. Wang, Ph.D., GlobalFoundries, 1 Patent
  • Man (Mandy) Gu, Ph.D., GlobalFoundries, 3 Patents
  • Margaret Brouwer, Ford Motor Company, 1 Patent
  • Margaret Vogel-Martin, 3M, 5 Patents
  • Margarita Cortez, Nike Inc., 8 Patents
  • Margot (Branigan) Kissell, 3M Company, 3 Patents
  • Maria Appeaning, Ph.D., 3M, 3 Patents
  • Maria Biberdorf, Caterpillar Inc., 2 Patents
  • Maria Elizabeth Zapata, HP Inc., 1 Patent
  • Marie S. Cole, IBM Corporation, 1 Patent
  • Marina Ferran, HP Inc., 3 Patents
  • Mariya Bondareva, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Marlana Goldsmith, The Boeing Company, 1 Patent
  • Mary Baker, Ph.D., HP Inc., 1 Patent
  • Mayuri Naphade, Ford Motor Company, 1 Patent
  • Megha Jaiswal, HP Inc., 1 Patent
  • Melanie A. King, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Melissa R. Niesen, P.E., Emerson, 1 Patent
  • Meng (Rachel) Wang, Ph.D., Eaton Corporation, 1 Patent
  • Meredith J. Bell, Emerson, 2 Patents
  • Michelle Felt, Verizon, 6 Patents
  • Ming Yeh Koh, Motorola Solutions, 3 Patents
  • Monica S. Krishnan, Chevron Corporation, 1 Patent
  • Morgana M. Trexler, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 2 Patents
  • Narina Stepanova, 3M, 2 Patents
  • Narissa Y. Chang, Nike Inc., 8 Patents
  • Nichole Kwee, Johnson & Johnson, 4 Patents
  • Nishtha S. Gaul, Ph.D., GlobalFoundries, 1 Patent
  • Pamela Morison, P.E., HP Inc., 3 Patents
  • Poh Imm Goh, Motorola Solutions Inc., 1 Patent
  • Pramita Mitra, Ph.D., Ford Motor Company, 5 Patents
  • Qian Lin, Ph.D., HP Inc., 1 Patent
  • Rachel Darr, The Boeing Company, 1 Patent
  • Ragini Saxena, Ph.D., Northrop Grumman Corporation, 1 Patent
  • Rashi Tiwari, Dow, 4 Patents
  • Rasika Subramanian, Intel Corporation, 1 Patent
  • Rebekah Tyler, GE Appliances, a Haier Company, 1 Patent
  • Rémy Gutierrez, The Boeing Company, 1 Patent
  • Ricole A. Johnson, The Boeing Company, 3 Patents
  • Rima Salve, Cummins Inc., 2 Patents
  • Rishika Shekhawat, John Deere India, 1 Patent
  • Rosemary Pham, The Boeing Company, 1 Patent
  • Roxana Elena Ligia Ruxanda, Ph.D., Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Ruby Tomar, HP Inc., 1 Patent
  • Ruchi Lutade, Cummins Inc., 1 Patent
  • Rupali Patil, John Deere, 1 Patent
  • Ruth Varela, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Sabrina Hannah, GE Appliances, a Haier Company, 2 Patents
  • Sagar Uplenchwar, Cummins Inc., 2 Patents
  • Sailaja Chandrapati, Ph.D., 3M, 2 Patents
  • Sangeeta Ghangam Manepalli, Intel Corporation, 1 Patent
  • Sapir Blutman, SW Developer, 1 Patent
  • Sarah Knickerbocker, Ph.D., GlobalFoundries, 2 Patents
  • Sayata Ghose, Ph.D., The Boeing Company, 4 Patents
  • Seema Chopra, Ph.D., The Boeing Company, 1 Patent
  • Ser Chia Koh, HP Inc., 2 Patents
  • Shalini Volety, Cummins Inc., 1 Patent
  • Sherry Brockman, GE Appliances, a Haier Company, 1 Patent
  • Shimrit Rubin, HP Scitex, 1 Patent
  • Shruti Dev, John Deere, 1 Patent
  • Shubhi Asthana, IBM Research, 2 Patents
  • Siew Im Low, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Silke Courtenay, Ph.D., HP Inc., 12 Patents
  • Simona Lisker, Motorola Solutions LTD, 1 Patent
  • Sivakami Velusamy, HP Inc., 2 Patents
  • Snigdha Nilesh Pande, Caterpillar Inc., 1 Patent
  • Soo Fong Tan, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Soo Swee Yee, Motorola Solutions Sdn Bhd, 1 Patent
  • Sooyoung Cho, HP Inc., 1 Patent
  • Srividya G. Subramanyam, Motorola Solutions Inc., 1 Patent
  • Stephanie Hughes, Dow Chemical Company, 1 Patent
  • Su Ann Lim, Keysight Technologies Inc., 1 Patent
  • Susan Jeske, General Motors, 1 Patent
  • Taryn Hensley, Nike Inc., 15 Patents
  • Teresa Wang Goeddel, 3M, 1 Patent
  • Tessa Roth, HP Inc., 3 Patents
  • Thuong Le, Caterpillar Inc., 1 Patent
  • Tracy Propheter-Hinckley, Pratt & Whitney, 21 Patent
  • Vanessa Michelini, IBM, 5 Patents
  • Venita Glasfurd, IBM, 2 Patents
  • Virginia Merriam, Eaton’s Crouse Hinds, 1 Patent
  • Wai Kuen Goh, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Wei Ling Cecilia Liaw, Motorola Solutions, 2 Patents
  • Weiwen Wang, Ph.D., Cummins Inc., 1 Patent
  • Wendy Geneva Leonor, Emerson, 2 Patents
  • Xinlin Wang, IBM, 5 Patents
  • Xuan Wang, Ph.D., 3M, 1 Patent
  • Yanli Feng, Ph.D., Dow, 1 Patent
  • Yanping Shen, Ph.D., GlobalFoundries, 11 Patents
  • Yei Lan Lee, Motorola Solutions, 1 Patent
  • Ying Yuan, Cummins Inc., 1 Patent
  • YuanQiao Rao, Dow, 1 Patent

 

Prism Award – Recognizes an individual who has charted her own path throughout her career, providing leadership in technology fields and professional organizations along the way.

  • Anuradda Ganesh, Ph.D., Cummins Inc.
  • Carolyn Ribes, Ph.D., Dow Inc.
  • Demetria Petty-Manes, Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Kim O’Rourke, F.SWE, The Boeing Company
  • Rhonda Walthall, Collins Aerospace

 

Resnik Challenger Medal Award – Awarded only as merited for visionary contributions to space programs, honoring SWE’s Dr. Judith A. Resnik. This award acknowledges a specific engineering breakthrough or achievement that has expanded the horizons of human activities in space.

  • Mary Kathleen Johnson, Lockheed Martin

 

Rising Technical Contributor Award – Honors an individual who has been actively engaged in engineering or technology and has individually contributed technical work resulting in significant break-throughs.

  • Amanda Levenson, Intel Corporation
  • Gabriella Vuylsteke, Ford Motor Company
  • Gail Fukumoto, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Ingrid Liao, Intel Corporation
  • Jasmine Naseri, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Madeleine Maver, Lockheed Martin
  • Margaret Y. Hwang, Ph.D., Dow Inc.
  • Maria Paz Ochoa, Ph.D., The Dow Chemical Company
  • Megan Johnson, Boston Scientific
  • Yeshani Wijesekara, Collins Aerospace

 

Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award – Celebrates the work of a man or company who has made a significant contribution to the acceptance and advancement of women in engineering.

  • Gary Johansen, Cummins Inc.
  • James H. Borowick, Medtronic
  • Richard Ambrose, Lockheed Martin

 

Spark Award – Honors an individual who has contributed to the advancement of women by mentoring those around them.

  • Laura Biedermann, Ph.D., Sandia National Laboratories
  • Leteshia A. Lowe, IBM
  • Randy Sergesketter, John Deere
  • Sarah B. Hiza, Ph.D., Lockheed Martin
  • Sian Lewis, Booz Allen Hamilton

 

Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award– Celebrating an individual’s rise to success and contribution to the decision-making process within their organization.

  • Cindy Hoover, F.SWE, Spirit AeroSystems Inc.

 

SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award – Honors women engineers who have been actively engaged in engineering in the first 10 years of their careers.

  • Angela Wagner, Ph.D., Merck & Co. Inc.
  • Ann Dallman, Ph.D., Sandia National Laboratories
  • Anne Rocheleau, Ph.D., Hemex Health
  • Hannah Morris, Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
  • Irina Belozerova, Ph.D., Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Jennifer Winikus, Ph.D., University at Buffalo
  • Kate Doetsch, The Boeing Company
  • Keena Spencer-Dobson, P.E., Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Nadia Bess, SoCalGas
  • Nicole Woon, Microsoft

 

Work/Life Integration Award– Honors an individual who has been instrumental in establishing a landmark program for their organization to improve the ability of women engineers and other employees to integrate or balance work and family responsibilities.

  • Sarah Pearson, Lockheed Martin

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