WE Local Award Recipients

The Society of Women Engineers strives to advance and honor the contributions of women at all stages of their careers as well as recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession through contributions to industry, education and the community. WE Local Award recipients are recognized as outstanding SWE members, SWE groups and individuals.


2019 Individual Awards Recipients

Professional Awards

WE Local Legacy – The WE Local Legacy Award recognizes SWE members who have made a significant contribution(s) to the Society of Women Engineers at all levels of the Society and the engineering profession for at least fifteen (15) years.

  • Kerrie Greenfelder, P.E., DBIA, Burns & McDonnell, WE Local Denver
  • Denise Love, Walt Disney Company, WE Local Tampa
  • Michele O'Shaughnessy, U. S. Department of Energy, Savannah River Site, WE Local Tampa

WE Local ELiTE – The WE Local ELiTE Award honors women engineers who have been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession and have ten (10) to fifteen (15) years of cumulative engineering experience.

  • Sunita Lavin, PMP, Burns & McDonnell, WE Local St. Louis
  • Kristine Barnes, P.E., General Motors, WE Local Denver
  • Ragan Gum, Cerner, WE Local Denver
  • Theresa Krack, Honeywell Aerospace, WE Local Bellevue
  • Jamie Krakover, The Boeing Company, WE Local St. Louis
  • Melissa Stiegler, Emerson, WE Local St. Louis
  • Pearl Yamaguchi, Medtronic, WE Local Denver

WE Local New ELiTE – The WE Local New ELiTE Award honors women who have demonstrated outstanding technical performance, as well as leadership in SWE and the community, in the first ten (10) years of their career.

  • Nadia Bess, SoCalGas, WE Local Bellevue
  • Alya Elhawary, Lockheed Martin, WE Local Denver
  • Kimberly Miller, General Mills, WE Local St. Louis
  • Sowmya Nagesh, Caterpillar Inc, WE Local St. Louis
  • Kate Nolan, The Boeing Company, WE Local St. Louis
  • Nikita Tiwari, Intel Corporation, WE Local St. Louis
  • Kristen Yoshida, P.E., CPESC, Belt Collins Hawaii LLC, WE Local Bellevue
  • Martha Walker, Northrop Grumman Corporation, WE Local Baltimore

WE Local Integrator – The WE Local Integrator Award honors individuals who have been instrumental in establishing a program for his or her organization to improve the ability of women engineers and other employees to integrate or balance work and family responsibilities. In so doing, he or she has demonstrated recognition of the need for employees to integrate work, family and personal interests.

  • Roble Alanis, John Deere, WE Local Bellevue

WE Local Engaged Advocate – The Engaged Advocate Award honors individuals within the following categories contributed to the advancement or acceptance of women in engineering: K-12 Educator; Collegiate Educator/SWE Faculty Advisor/SWE Counselor; Entrepreneur; or STEM Professional.

  • Ramona Anand, Lorain County Community College, WE Local Tampa
  • Erin Berry, Collins Aerospace, WE Local St. Louis
  • Andrea Ippolito, Cornell University, WE Local Baltimore
  • Alicia Morgan, Frontiers of Flight Museum, WE Local Bellevue
  • Renee Oats, Morgan State University, WE Local Baltimore

Collegiate Awards

Guiding Star – The Guiding Star Award recognizes exceptional collegiate leaders with at least two (2) years of SWE membership at the end of the previous fiscal year who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community.

  • Haley Antoine, Cornell University, WE Local Baltimore
  • Alexandra Chagnon, The University of Alabama, WE Local Tampa
  • Kristine Loh, Drexel University, WE Local Baltimore
  • Arthi Nadhan, University of Michigan, WE Local Baltimore
  • Shwetha Rajaram, University of Michigan, WE Local Baltimore
  • Sydney Robinson, University of Rhode Island, WE Local Bellevue
  • Stephanie Tu, Rutgers University, WE Local Baltimore

Rising Star – The Rising Star Award recognizes SWE collegiate members with less than 2 years of SWE membership at the end of the previous fiscal year who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community.

  • Meghan Collins, University of Wisconsin-Madison, unable to attend in person
  • Madeline Dubelier, Cornell University, WE Local Baltimore
  • Kaitlin Ferguson, Washington State University Everett, WE Local Bellevue
  • Valerie Kettering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, WE Local Bellevue
  • Lauren Pan, The University of Alabama, WE Local St. Louis
  • Zoë Penko, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, WE Local St. Louis
  • Stephanie Quiles Velazquez, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, WE Local Tampa

Group Awards

For the purpose of these awards, the term "SWE Group" is defined as any group of Collegiate or Professional SWE members that supports the SWE mission. This can include a SWE Section, SWE Affiliate (including community college affiliate groups and sections), Members At Large, Affinity Group, Corporate Employee Resource Group (ERG), or other group of SWE members.

Outstanding Outreach Event Award – The Outstanding Outreach Event Award recognizes a group or groups who plan and carry out a high-quality outreach event to inspire future engineers.

  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Society of Women Engineers, WE Local Bellevue
  • Central New Mexico Section, WE Local Denver
  • Dallas SWE, WE Local St. Louis
  • Kansas City Section, WE Local Denver
  • KUSWE Koç University Society of Women Engineers, WE Local Europe, Berlin
  • Oklahoma City Section Society of Women Engineers, WE Local Bellevue
  • Pitt SWE, WE Local Baltimore
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Society of Women Engineers Section, WE Local St. Louis
  • WUSTL Chapter Society of Women Engineers, WE Local St. Louis

Outstanding Professional Development Event Award – The Outstanding Professional Development Event Award recognizes a group or groups who plan and carry out a high-quality professional development event to help women achieve their professional goals.

  • Cummins Women in Technology, WE Local Denver
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, WE Local St. Louis
  • Rocky Mountain Section, WE Local Denver
  • Rutgers University SWE, WE Local Baltimore
  • Society of Women Engineers at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (SWE@APL), WE Local Baltimore
  • Society of Women Engineers at the University of Washington. WE Local Bellevue
  • SWE Minnesota, WE Local Denver

Joint Professional Event/Collegiate Event Award – The Joint Professional/Collegiate Event Award is jointly bestowed upon a professional SWE Group and a Collegiate SWE group who have planned and implemented a joint SWE event between the two groups.

  • Rutgers University SWE  &  New Jersey Section, WE Local Baltimore
  • Tampa Bay Area Section & University of South Florida Section, WE Local Tampa

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Partner Award – The Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Partner Award recognizes groups that promote diversity and inclusion and shows commitment to SWE's mission and goals.

  • EATON India, WE Local India, Bengaluru
  • Women's Ball Resource Group (WBRG), WE Local Denver

Sustaining Benefactor Award – The Sustaining Benefactor Award recognizes organizations that have provided significant support to SWE members and/or a SWE group through either financial methods or through volunteerism.

  • Consumers Energy, WE Local Baltimore
  • GE Healthcare, WE Local St. Louis
  • General Motors Technical Center, WE Local India, Bengaluru