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SWE Diverse Podcast Ep 223: Recognizing Women in STEM: Introducing SWE’s New Awards Program

Discover the exciting new changes to the SWE Awards Program and learn more about its history in this episode of Diverse: a SWE podcast.

Dive into the SWE Awards Program with FY24 SWE President Alexis McKittrick, FY24 Awards Implementation Lead Pamela Morison, and FY23-24 Director Inaas Darrat!

In this episode, they share the significance of recognizing women in STEM, the history of the SWE Awards Program, and the upcoming changes that will make the program more inclusive.

Listen to the episode on SoundCloudSpotifyApple Podcasts, or on your favorite podcast platform.

You can learn more about the SWE Awards Program here, and you can stay up-to-date with the upcoming program changes here.

Speaker: Inaas Darrat, FY23-24 SWE Director

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Inaas Darrat, in addition to being a member of the Society of Women Engineers, is a sister, aunt, cousin, niece, daughter, friend, engineer, colleague, mentor, manager, advocate, immigrant, refugee, learner, world traveler, avid reader, art lover, and artist. She has lived in five different countries and visited five of the continents.

A Society of Women Engineers member since her first year at the University of Kentucky, Darrat has served as her collegiate section’s president as well as in regional roles. Since graduating from college, she has served in various roles in her professional section, including president, vice president, treasurer, committee chair, book club lead, and vice president; at the regional level; and at the Society level as scholarship coordinator, curriculum chair, and nominating committee chair.

As director of chemical sector services for Trinity Consultants Inc., Darrat leads a team of specialists, assisting chemical plants, refineries, and oil and gas facilities with compliance with U.S. federal regulations, as well as providing expertise for facilities in Canada and the Middle East.

Darrat earned a B.S. and an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky and The University of Texas at Austin, respectively.

Speaker: Pamela Morison, FY24 SWE Awards Implementation Lead

Pamela Morison headshot for Diverse: a SWE podcastPamela Morison, P.E. is the FY24 Awards Implementation Lead. She’s been a member of the Society of Women Engineers for 20-plus years and is a life member. She currently represents HP Inc on the SWE Corporate Partnership Council and is an active member of the Technical Career Path Affinity Group. Pamela has held various positions in the Society at the Section, Region and Society Levels including Society Nominating Committee Chair, Governance Task Force, and Awards Task Force.

Pamela is currently a Distinguished Technologist at HP Inc in Personal Systems Quality where she leads the Reliability, Design for Circularity, Serviceability and Future Quality Strategies for Personal Systems Quality. Pamela’s career has spanned consumer products and technology. She holds 12 granted patents and has brought >20 products to markets across multiple global regions.

She earned her BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. Pamela holds her Professional Engineers license in Ohio. In 2012, Pamela received SWE’s Distinguished New Engineer Award.

Host: Dr. Alexis McKittrick, FY24 SWE President

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Alexis McKittrick, Ph.D., a Society of Women Engineers 20-plus year and life member, has served as a volunteer leader in the organization for more than 15 years, holding roles that span all facets of the Society. Prior to being elected president, Dr. McKittrick served as president-elect and spent two terms on SWE’s board of directors, including serving as secretary and leading the senate as speaker. Highlights from her other SWE leadership roles include chairing two committees; serving on two governance task forces; and serving as governor of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Dr. McKittrick is currently a program manager in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office. She serves on the SWE board of directors in her personal capacity. Prior to joining the DOE, Dr. McKittrick served as a senior researcher at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., where she conducted nonpartisan research and analysis for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and various federal agencies. She also worked in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Change Division, focusing on greenhouse gas analysis and policy for the oil and gas, chemicals, and semiconductor sectors.

Dr. McKittrick holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar.

In 2014, she was presented with the D.C. Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies’ Young Engineer of the Year Award and received SWE’s Emerging Leader Award in 2019.


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