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Monday, May 14, 2018  
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Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), has announced its 2018 Award Winners. The awards were presented April 30th at the 2018 WEPAN Annual Conference. This took place at the first annual Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) Conference in Crystal City, VA.


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 Gretal Leibnitz for exemplary leadership in implementing programs that promote positive change to the climate and culture for women in engineering fields for serving as a model for others.


The WEPAN Betty Vetter Research Award – Awarded to Lynnette Madsen, National Science Foundation, for her research which has made a significant contribution to understanding issues related to women in engineering. The award is named in memory of Betty M. Vetter, a founding WEPAN Board member. Accepting the award on behalf of Dr. Madsen was Dr. Anne Kornahrens.


The WEPAN Women in Engineering Initiative Award – Awarded to Iowa State University’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program which serves as a model for other institutions. Lora Leigh Chrystal, Director of the Program for Women in Science and Engineering, accepted the award on behalf of the program.


WEPAN / DiscoverE “Girl Day” Award – WEPAN and the DiscoverE Foundation have selected the University of Toledo Girl Day to receive this year’s award for outstanding programs which empower girls with information about opportunities in engineering. Leslie Collins, Executive Director of DiscoverE, was on hand to present the award to Dr. Lesley Berhan, Interim Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement and Associate Professor at University of Toledo.


The WEPAN Founders Award – Awarded to Jenna Carpenter, Founding Dean and Professor of Engineering, Campbell University for enduring, long-term service that epitomizes the spirit of the WEPAN Founders and contributes to the continued advancement of WEPAN.


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 Lee Ann Cochran, PRADCO.



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 2018 Annual Conference was held in conjunction with the CoNECD (Collaborative Network on Engineering and Computing Diversity) conference on April 29 – May 2, 2018. The vision of the CONECD Conference is to provide a forum for exploring current research and practices to enhance diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented populations in the engineering and computing professions including gender identity and expression, race and ethnicity, disability, veterans, LGBTQ+, 1st generation and socio-economic status.

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