2013 Individual Awards Program

Every year SWE recognizes members that have made vital contributions to the Society.  Do you know a collegiate or professional member that deserves to be recognized for their contribution?  Well, here is your chance to nominate them!  Check out the list of awards and more information below.


SWE Announces the 2013 Individual Awards Program
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.

The SWE Individual Awards Program offers 14 different awards:
  Achievement Award

The highest award given by the Society of Women Engineers. Bestowed for an outstanding contribution over a SIGNIFICANT period of time in a field of engineering.

   Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility

Celebrates an individual’s rise to success and contribution to the decision-making process within her organization. This award is endowed by Northrop Grumman Corporation.

   Resnik Challenger Medal

Established to honor SWE’s Dr. Judith A. Resnik, NASA Mission Specialist on the Challenger space shuttle flight. Awarded as merited for visionary contributions to space exploration.

   Rodney D. Chipp

Celebrates the work of a man or company who has made a significant contribution to the acceptance and advancement of women in engineering.

   Distinguished Engineering Educator

Presented to a woman who has made significant contributions to the engineering profession through education.

   SWE Distinguished New Engineer

Honors women engineers who have been actively engaged in engineering in the first 10 years of their careers.

   Fellow Grade

Honor conferred on SWE members “in recognition of continuous service to the advancement of women in the engineering profession.”

   Distinguished Service

Recognizes members who have made significant contributions in areas not recognized by other SWE individual awards.


Honors an individual whose independent path to create an engineering, scientific or technology-based business serves as inspiration to other women.

   Work Life Integration

Celebrates an individual who has worked to create programs that help women engineers and other employees balance the commitments of career, life and family.

   Emerging Leaders

Honor any woman engineer who has been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession, has demonstrated outstanding technical excellence as an individual resulting in significant accomplishments, and has 10 to 15 years of cumulative engineering experience. Each advanced engineering degree obtained on a full-time basis counts as one year of experience. Periods of unemployment are omitted from the 10 to 15 years.

A maximum of fifteen (15) awards will be made annually.

   Collegiate Member

These awards are bestowed upon SWE collegiate members with at least two years of SWE membership, who have made an outstanding contribution to SWE, the engineering community, and their campus. A maximum of five (5) awards will be given annually.

   Collegiate Outstanding Faculty Advisor

Celebrates an outstanding contribution by a SWE advisor to a SWE collegiate section.

   Collegiate Outstanding SWE Counselor

Celebrates an outstanding contribution by a SWE leader/counselor to a SWE collegiate section.

Award requirements and instructions can be found within the Individual Awards Packet.   You can also download the packet from the SWE website at www.swe.org, just click on ‘Awards’ then ‘Individual Awards’.  To access the nomination form click here.

The nomination deadline for all Individual Awards is March 31, 2013.  Awards will be presented in at the WE13 Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD, October 24-26, 2013.

For information or specific questions on SWE Individual & Collegiate Member and Advisor Awards, please contact Kalyani Mallela, Awards Chair, at awards-chair@swe.org


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