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WEPAN Awards

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 2018 WEPAN Awards were presented April 30th at the 2018 WEPAN Annual Conference and first annual Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) Conference in Crystal City, VA. . To learn more about the criteria for each award, click on the award name. 

Inclusive Culture and Equity Award

 Gretal Leibnitz, Inclusive Culture and Equity Award Winner

The Inclusive Culture and Equity Award honors an individual or group who has developed and implemented successful inclusive practices, policies or initiatives that promotes positive change with regard to the climate or culture for women in engineering fields at his/her institution. 

2018 Award Recipient: Gretal Leibnitz




Betty Vetter Award for Research

Luynette Madsen, Better Vetter Award for ResearchThe Betty Vetter Award for Research recognizes notable achievement in research related to women in engineering. The award is named in memory of Betty M. Vetter, long time director of the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology, who served as the first treasurer of WEPAN, Inc. and was a founding member of the Board of Directors.

2018 Award Recipient: Lynette Madsen, National Science Foundation






Women in Engineering Initiative Award

TIowa State University’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program, Women In Engineering Initiative Awardhe Women in Engineering Initiative Award recognizes an outstanding project or initiative that serves as a model for other institutions.

2018 Award Recipient:  
Iowa State University’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program






WEPAN and DiscoverE Girl Day Award

 University of Toledo Girl Day, DiscoverE Girl Day AwardWEPAN and the DiscoverE Foundation work together to recognize organizations and individuals for empowering girls with information about opportunities in engineering through the “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” initiative.

2018 Award Recipient: University of Toledo Girl Day







Founders Award

Jenna Carpenter,  Founders Award 

The Founders Award honors a WEPAN member who exemplifies the spirit of the WEPAN founders through her/his individual service that has made a significant impact for the organization. The award is named for the three founders of WEPAN, Inc. - Suzanne G. Brainard, Jane Zimmer Daniels and

Susan Staffin Metz.

2018 Award Recipient: Jenna Carpenter, Campbell University 




President's Award

Lee Ann Cochran, President's Award

The President's Award is given at the discretion of the WEPAN President.

2018 Award Recipient:  
Lee Ann Cochran, PRADCO





View past WEPAN Award winners here.

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