2020 IEEE Women in Engineering Award Recipients

IEEE WIE Inspiring Member of the Year Award

Winner (Pictured): Sunitha Beevi K. (R10)

Winner (Pictured): Yoot Khuan Lee (R10, Malaysia Section)

Being a first-generation academic, I appreciate the importance of education, especially engineering education, which can make a difference to one’s life – I am living proof of this. Cognizant of the declining interest towards STEM education and careers in Malaysia, and its detrimental effect to national development in the long term – that inspired me to bring disruption through education to boys or girls, men or women, underserved or privileged, using IEEE instruments and platforms that I know.

  • Honorable Mention: Divya M G (R10)
  • Honorable Mention: Simay Akar (R8)

IEEE WIE Inspiring Student Member of the Year Award

Indhumathi Gunasekaran (R10, Panimalar Institute of Technology, Chennai Section, India)

Winner (pictured): Indhumathi Gunasekaran (R10, Panimalar Institute of Technology, Chennai Section, India)

Success is just one-step away from where you have fallen the last time. Wake up and progress. You will sure attain it, if not today but definitely one day. I always take inspiration from people who are dedicated in achieving the targeted goals. The dedication and the enthusiastic that one shows towards their work inspires me a lot.

  • Honorable Mention: Ana Hellen Carvalho dos Santos (R9)
  • Honorable Mention: Rossana Gauto Moran (R9)

IEEE WIE Affinity Group of the Year Award

Winner (pictured): WIE Ottawa AG (R7, Ottawa Section)

Winning the 2020 WIE Affinity Group of the Year Award is so inspiring, making the experience with IEEE WIE Ottawa unforgettable. One of the greatest things that inspires my team and I to organize activities as part of IEEE WIE Ottawa initiatives is the feedback from WIE Ottawa members as well as non-members. It is magnificent to receive thank you messages from  attendees of our seminars and workshops of how our activities help them in their professional development, whether it is getting a new job, learning new things, or as simply as doing the school work. We try to be as accessible as possible to deliver high quality seminars and workshops throughout the year as well as collaborate with other IEEE and non-IEEE groups to raise awareness of IEEE WIE Ottawa. It is personally amazing for me to see how through these collaborations and outreach activities the team grows with time, giving me the accomplishment feeling.

  • Honorable Mention: WIE Argentina Section Affinity Group (R9)
  • Honorable Mention: WIE Malaysia Section Affinity Group (R10)

IEEE WIE Student Branch Affinity Group of the Year Award

Winner (pictured): WIE Universidade Federal de Campina Grande UFCG SBAG (R9, Northeast Brazil Section)

Receiving the 2020 WIE Student Branch Affinity Group of the Year Award has been particularly important and significant for everyone who is part of the IEEE WIE UFCG. We are overly excited and happy. Having our work recognized worldwide motivates us even more to continue our activities and projects with dedication and zeal. We are very proud to be part of WIE and to contribute in some way to inspire and encourage women in the STEM areas at our university and city, and the award is a sign that we are on the right path and that we have a lot of work ahead of us. We are so grateful to the WIEC for this recognition.

  • Honorable Mention: WIE Unidad Profesional Interdisciplinaria en Ingeniería y Tecnologías Avanzadas UPIITA SBAG (R9)
  • Honorable Mention: WIE Universidad Don Bosco SBAG (R9)