Two outstanding California students have received the 2020 Women in Aerospace scholarships, leading a list of impressive professionals bestowed the group’s annual honors.
Sydney Marler of Stanford University and Amy Huynh, University of California, Irvine, were among four Women in Aviation Foundation scholarship winners also including Grace Floring of Case Western Reserve University and Tinevimbo Ndlovu, Saint Louis University.
Women in Aerospace honored five women for their contributions to the aerospace industry and to the advancement of women in the field.
In lieu of the cancellation of the 34th Annual WIA Awards Dinner, the 2020 Awardees are being highlighted each day of the week through Friday, December 18. They will also be recognized at the 35th Annual WIA Awards Dinner & Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA.
The 2020 Women in Aerospace Award recipients are:
LEADERSHIP AWARD: Kathryn Lueders, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., is recognized for her unprecedented vision and unparalleled leadership that has enabled others to succeed in a new era of space exploration with public-private partnerships.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by Women In Aerospace for this year’s Leadership Award, and to be acknowledged alongside such an outstanding group of women in the field,” Lueders said. “I am excited for the challenging work ahead, for new missions, and to work with the next generation of female engineers, scientists, and spacefarers who will help shape the future of exploration.”
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Dr. Nicole Wagner, Farmington, Conn., is recognized for her exceptional leadership, creativity in expanding the boundaries of space-based research, and generous support for young women in aerospace.
AEROSPACE AWARENESS AWARD: Terita Norton, Chantilly, Va., is recognized for her exemplary leadership skills, significant contributions to the industry, and dedication to the advancement of women in aerospace over her career.
INITIATIVE, INSPIRATION, IMPACT AWARD: Emily Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah, is recognized for her excellence and drive of leading edge defense technology to new heights, providing protection to our airborne armed forces.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Lori Garver, Washington, D.C., is recognized for her courageous leadership and dedication to a revitalized, valuable and sustainable aerospace industry and her tenacious advocacy for the advancement of women and gender minorities in the field. As a longtime leader and role model in the aerospace industry, Garver has made it her personal mission to continue to create a more diverse workforce, as she did when co-founding the Brooke Owens Fellowship.
This year, the Award Selection Committee, comprised of volunteers from the industry, government and nonprofit/academia, reviewed over 100 women nominated across five award categories – a new record for WIA.