The IEEE Women in Engineering Committee has named the recipients of its first Inspiring Member and Student Member awards, and has recognized others who have distinguished themselves. The new annual awards recognize a WIE member and an undergraduate or graduate student member who have overcome barriers to pursue engineering or made an impact in their community through their dedication and involvement in activities directed toward one or more WIE 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, or website presence.
IEEE WIE Inspiring Student of the Year
Mehvish Zahoor [right]
Government College University Faisalabad
“For inspirational leadership and outstanding contribution to IEEE Women in Engineering activities, boosting member engagement, and motivating and training volunteers.”
University of Melbourne
“For significant contributions to attracting female students to the WIE group and its potential at the University of Melbourne.”
Taylor Rain January
Alabama A&M University
“For her passion and dedication to the mission and vision of IEEE Women in Engineering.”
IEEE WIE Inspiring Member of the Year
Jan Brown [right]
“For championing the founding of IEEE WIE and for continued mentorship of generations of WIE leaders.”
“For commitment to the development of the Women in Engineering Boston Affinity Group and encouraging IEEE membership elevation and leadership roles among WIE members."
Indian Statistical Institute
“For novel ideas in organizing various events to realize the mission and vision of WIE in Kolkata.”
WIE Affinity Group of the Year Award
IEEE WIE South Brazil Affinity Group [right]
“For incredible work organizing WIE events, introducing young women to STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math], recruitment, and helping to increase the enrollment of females in electrical and computer engineering at its university.”
IEEE WIE Kolkata Affinity Group
WIE Student Branch Affinity Group of the Year Award
IEEE WIE University of Melbourne Student Branch Affinity Group [right]
“For its dedication and commitment to inspire and attract more female engineering students and keep them motivated in their field through numerous events and activities.”
IEEE WIE Delhi Technological University Student Branch Affinity Group
College of Engineering, Chengannur, IEEE WIE Student Branch Affinity Group
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 someone for next year. The deadline is 1 April 2015. Visit the IEEE Women in Engineering Awards website for more information.