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The Women in Aerospace Awards Dinner & Ceremony is an annual event dedicated to celebrating women’s professional excellence in aerospace. The Awards Ceremony is WIA’s premiere event of the year, honoring women whose outstanding contributions to the aerospace community are legendary. Participation in the event demonstrates your commitment to WIA’s mission: to expand women’s opportunities for leadership and increase their visibility in the aerospace community.

The 2018 dinner and ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington VA.

The 2018 Award Recipients are:

Outstanding Achievement Award

Dr. Jessica Koehne, NASA, Moffett Field, CA, for her work developing nano-bio sensors for space applications and mentoring next generation scientists and engineers.

Initiative, Inspiration, Impact Award

Dr. Natalya Bailey, Accion Systems, Boston, MA, for her work in developing innovative, propulsion technology and her passion for being an advocate and mentor for youth in STEM education.

Leadership Award

Barbara J. Smith, SAIC, Oklahoma City, OK, is recognized for her excellence at FAA as a pioneer in her field and as a mentor and leader for women in Air Traffic Control.

Aerospace Awareness Award

Dr. Sandra H. Magnus, Arlington, TX, in recognition of her work raising awareness of STEM and aerospace to diverse, global audiences, and engaging students in aerospace to grow the next generation workforce.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Honorable Deborah Lee James, 23rd Secretary of the Air Force, Dunn Loring, VA, in recognition of her significant contributions to aerospace during her 36 year career and for her lifelong commitment to the advancement of women in aerospace.