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 L. Greenfelder, PE, Burns & McDonnell, WE Local Denver
  • Denise Love, Walt Disney Company, WE Local Tampa
  • Michele O'Shaughnessy, United States Department of Energy, 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 G. Lavin, PMP, Burns & McDonnell, WE Local St. Louis
  • Pearl Yamaguchi, Medtronic, WE Local Denver
  • Jamie Krakover, The Boeing Company, WE Local St. Louis
  • Amy Gum, Cerner, WE Local Denver
  • Kristine E. Barnes, MBA, General Motors, WE Local Denver
  • Melissa Stiegler, Emerson, WE Local St. Louis
  • Theresa M. Krack, Honeywell Aerospace

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

  • Kaitlin Ferguson, Washington State University Everett, WE Local Bellevue
  • Madeline Dubelier, Cornell University, WE Local Baltimore
  • 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
  • Meghan Collins, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Stephanie M. Quiles Velazquez, F.SWE, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, WE Local Europe, Berlin

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.

  • SWE Central New Mexico Section, Jan Williams, WE Local Denver
  • Pitt SWE, Jessica Sorick, WE Local Baltimore
  • Kansas City (SWE-KC), Kaitlyn Mores
  • Oklahoma City, Marsha Slaughter, WE Local Bellevue
  • The University of Alabama at Birminghma, Lora Roberson
  • Koç University SWE (KUSWE), Tutku Kılıçaslan, WE Local Europe, Berlin
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Society of Women Engineers, Samantha Galicinao, WE Local Bellevue
  • Dallas SWE, Zaineb Ahmad, 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, Cheryl Lavalley, WE Local Denver
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Archana Premkumar, WE Local St. Louis
  • The Society of Women Engineers at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (SWE@APL), Sylvie DeLaHunt, WE Local Baltimore
  • SWE Minnesota, Kiera Kaufman, WE Local Denver
  • Rutgers University SWE, Stephanie Tu, WE Local Baltimore
  • Rocky Mountain Section, Alya Elhawary, WE Local Denver
  • University of Washington Society of Women Engineers. Divya Lakshmanan, WE Local Bellevue

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.

  • Tampa Bay Area Section, Carissa Giblin, WE Local Tampa
  • Rutgers University SWE, Stephanie Tu, WE Local Baltimore

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, Employee Resource Group (ERG), WE Local India, Bengaluru
  • Women's Ball Resource Group, Employee Resource Group (ERG), 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.

  • General Motors Technical Center India
  • GE Healthcare
  • Consumers Energy