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Award Criteria

Women in Aerospace Awards


The Achievement Award

The Achievement Award is presented for:

  • Noteworthy, proven, technical or scientific achievement on or contributions to a single aerospace project or program that represents a breakthrough or milestone in the aerospace field.
  • The achievement or contribution should have been made during the 18 months preceding the nomination period.
  • Commitment to professional growth.
  • Service as a role model or mentor that shows dedication to the advancement of women in aerospace.

The Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented for:

  • Noteworthy contributions to aerospace during a career spanning at least 25 years.
  • Commitment to professional growth.
  • Service as a role model or mentor that shows dedication to the advancement of women in aerospace.

The Leadership Award

The Leadership Award is presented for:

  • Demonstration of exemplary leadership abilities that enable others to succeed in the aerospace field.
  • Leadership of noteworthy contributions to the aerospace field on a single project over several years or during a career.
  • Commitment to professional growth.
  • Service as a role model or mentor that shows dedication to the advancement of women in aerospace.

The Aerospace Educator Award

The Aerospace Educator Award is presented for:

  • Excellence as a full-time educator teaching aerospace topics (at least in part) at the K-12, collegiate, or graduate levels.
  • Motivation of students to excel in aerospace-related educational endeavors.
  • Service to colleagues and community.
  • Commitment to professional growth.
  • Service as a role model or mentor that shows dedication to the advancement of women in aerospace.

The Aerospace Awareness Award

The Aerospace Awareness Award is presented for:

  • Excellence in outreach and building public awareness of aerospace programs and developments.
  • Innovative approaches to increasing public understanding of aerospace development and activities.
  • Commitment to advancing and defining the roles that aerospace plays in all aspects of society.
  • Commitment to professional growth.
  • Service as a role model or mentor that shows dedication to the advancement of women in aerospace.

The Outstanding Member Award

Recognition of an individual member of WIA who has shown particular dedication to the interests of the organization by making significant and continuing contributions. Current officers or directors are not eligible for this award. The recipient must have been a WIA member in good standing for at least two (2) years.

The Initiative-Inspiration-Impact Award

The Initiative-Inspiration-Impact is presented for:

  • An individual in her early career, who consistently surpasses expectations from a technical, interpersonal, and management (if applicable) perspective.
  • The achievement or contribution should have been made during the 24 months preceding the nomination period.
  • Noteworthy contributions to the aerospace industry during a career spanning fewer than 10 years.
  • Commitment to professional growth.
  • Service as a role model or mentor that shows dedication to the advancement of women in aerospace.