2015 Women in Engineering Awards Recognize Outstanding Service

Recipients from Peru, Pakistan, and United States were among those honored

6 July 2015

The IEEE Women in Engineering Committee has named the recipients of its Inspiring Member and Student Member awards for 2015. These awards recognize those who have made an outstanding contribution to the IEEE Women In Engineering (WIE) group, their communities, and the engineering community as a whole. The annual awards recognize WIE members, including student and graduate student members who have overcome barriers to pursue engineering or affected their communities through their dedication and involvement in activities directed toward one or more of the group’s objectives.

The committee also bestowed its annual IEEE WIE Affinity Group and Student Branch Affinity Group of the Year awards, which recognize the quality of the groups’ programs, outreach efforts to young women, communication with members, membership growth, and website presence.


IEEE WIE INSPIRING STUDENT OF THE YEAR

Kiran Abbas

Taxila University of Engineering and Technology

Pakistan

“For inspirational leadership and outstanding contribution to IEEE Women in Engineering activities, boosting engagement, outreach initiatives that inspire young girls, and motivating and training members and volunteers, as well as her commitment to change the perspective of women in engineering.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Um Salma

NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Punjab, Pakistan

“For creating events which highlight and recognize the outstanding achievements of women in STEM fields, outstanding leadership skills, her persistence in sharing knowledge of STEM to the preuniversity community, and supporting the formation of local WIE groups.”


IEEE WIE INSPIRING MEMBER OF THE YEAR

Celia Shahnaz

Dhaka, Bangladesh

“For her exemplary and substantive leadership of an extraordinary nature in implementing activities which support and meet the visions of WIE at the local, regional, national, and/or international level, and mentoring future generations of students interested in STEM.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Roxsana Hadjizadeh

San Jose, Calif.

“For commitment to the development of Women in Engineering by spearheading the effort that resulted in corporate partnership between Cisco and IEEE Women in Engineering. Roxsana is a go-getter and a tireless advocate for women in technology. She is a very passionate and inspiring volunteer who works to advance the mission of  WIE, and her commitment to community and volunteer service is laudable.”


WIE AFFINITY GROUP OF THE YEAR AWARD

IEEE WIE Panama Affinity Group

“For incredible work to empower women in engineering and other STEM fields, provide inspiration for future generations, and create national and regional outreach activities that inspire girls, young women, and established female professionals throughout their lifetimes, especially when pursuing careers in STEM fields.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Corecipients:

IEEE WIE Honduras Affinity Group

IEEE WIE Bangladesh Affinity Group


WIE STUDENT BRANCH AFFINITY GROUP OF THE YEAR AWARD

IEEE WIE Taxila University of Engineering and Technology Student Branch Affinity Group

Islamabad, Pakistan

“For its dedication and commitment to inspire, engage, and support more female engineering students and keep them motivated in their field through numerous events and activities.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Corecipients:

IEEE WIE National Fertilizer Corp. Institute of Engineering and Fertilizer Research Student Branch Affinity Group

Multan, Pakistan

WIE Universidad Tecnológica del Peru Student Branch Affinity Group

Lima, Peru 

The honorable mention recipients were recognized for their significant contributions to women in engineering, outreach and member activities, and dedication in support of the WIE mission.

It’s not too early to nominate an individual or group for one of next year’s awards. The deadline is 1 April 2016. For more information, visit the IEEE Women in Engineering Awards website.

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