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WEPAN Announces 2017 Award Winners

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June 14, 2017



For Immediate Release

For More Information:

Glenda P. La Rue

Chief Strategy Officer

614-893-2911 Phone


Annual WEPAN's Awards Honor Those Advancing Women in Engineering


Boulder, Colorado, June 14, 2017 - Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), has announced its 2017 Award Winners. The awards were presented June 13 at the 2017 Change Leader Forum in Westminster, CO.


The prestigious WEPAN Awards honor key individuals, programs, and organizations for accomplishments that underscore WEPAN's mission. Honorees demonstrate extraordinary service, significant achievement, model programs, and exemplary work environments that promote a culture of inclusion and the success of women in engineering.


The WEPAN Inclusive Culture and Equity Award - Awarded to two individuals this year that serve as models for other institutions in promoting positive change to the climate and culture for women in engineering. The recipients are:

  • DiOnetta Jones Crayton, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Director of the Office of Minority Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Joyce Yen, Director, ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change, University of Washington

The WEPAN Leader in Engineering Education Award - Awarded to Leon R. Grant III, Marietta City Schools Engineering Pipeline, for innovative and new approaches that enhance engineering education and create inclusive environments for students.


The WEPAN Advocates and Allies Award - Awarded to Dr. Klod Kokini, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Purdue University, for leadership in implementing programs that advocate, mentor, and support the success of women in engineering.


The WEPAN Industry Trailblazer Award - Awarded to Paula Golden, President of the Broadcom Foundation for leadership in creating barrier-free pathways to enable women in STEM to achieve their full potential. Paula is also an author for the Huffington Post, often focusing on STEM related issues.


The WEPAN Strategic Partner Award recognizes a professional organization that has partnered to promote WEPAN's mission and work during the previous three years. Awarded to the National Academy of Engineering for making significant strides in increasing women and underrepresented minorities among its ranks. In the last three years, 43 women have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering including 19 women in 2017 (more than a 60% increase over the prior year).


The WEPAN Betty Vetter Research Award -Awarded to Dr. Julie P. Martin, Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering and Science Education at Clemson University for her research which has made a significant contribution to understanding intersectional experiences of women in engineering.


The WEPAN Women in Engineering Initiative Award - Awarded to two programs this year that serve as models for other institutions. The recipients are:

  • Cornell University, Women's Outreach in Materials, Energy, and Nanobiotechnology. Lakshmi Nathan, PhD student and President of the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Women's Group, accepted the award on behalf of the program.
  • University of Calgary, Cybermentor Program. Dr. Qiao Sun, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, and Associate Dean, Schulich School of Engineering, accepted the award on behalf of the program.

WEPAN / DiscoverE "Girl Day" Award - WEPAN and the DiscoverE Foundation have selected the NASA Kennedy Space Center for outstanding programs which empower girls with information about opportunities in engineering. This year's Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, hosted at the Kennedy Space Center, featured female scientists and engineers via their Digital Learning Network. These programs reached over 11,500 students and teachers.


The WEPAN Founders Award - Awarded to Dr. Stephanie G. Adams, Dean, Batten College of Engineering & Technology, Old Dominion University for enduring, long-term service that epitomizes the spirit of the WEPAN Founders and contributes to the continued advancement of WEPAN.


WEPAN Bevlee A. Watford Inclusive Excellence Award honors individuals or groups who actively and creatively support the success of women of color in engineering. It was presented to Dr. Christine Grant, Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement, College of Engineering, and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University in recognition of her extraordinary ongoing commitment to advancing the success of women and students of color in engineering.


The WEPAN President's Award - This award is made by WEPAN's President and recognizes exemplary accomplishment by individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to WEPAN's goals and objectives. This year's award recipient is North Dakota State University (NDSU) Advance FORWARD Advocates and Allies. Dr. Roger Green, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator at NDSU, accepted the award on behalf of the program. Dr. Green has been a lead member of the NDSU Advance FORWARD Advocates since its inception.


WEPAN Special Appreciation Award - Awarded to C. Diane Matt for her 12 years of service as WEPAN's Executive Director in appreciation for her efforts to promote WEPAN's mission.


About the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)

WEPAN is a network of thought and change leaders from institutions, organizations and agencies that works to propel higher education to increase the number and advance the prominence of diverse communities of women in engineering. We connect people, research and practice; and power initiatives, projects and professional development that equip advocates with the tools to create sustainable, systems-level changes that allow ALL in engineering to thrive.


WEPAN's 2017 Change Leader Forum: Creating the Mindset for Action, held June 12 - 14, 2017 in Westminster, CO, convened individuals from academic, corporate, government and non-profit sectors who are working to advance cultural change and responsibility within their own organizations and institutions. Organized around the Framework for Promoting Gender Equity in Organizations, the WEPAN Change Leader Forum included workshops, panels, and Hi-Fives for Change talks. Learn more about the Change Leader Forum




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