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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 2021 dinner and ceremony has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 2, 2021 at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington VA.

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WIA encourages interested parties to purchase tables and individual seating early to be sure space is available. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Register Here!

The 2021 Award Recipients are:

Outstanding Achievement Award

Dr. Amy McAdam, Greenbelt, MD, is recognized for exceptional contributions to the Mars Science Laboratory mission and her continuing advocacy for young women in aerospace. Dr. McAdams currently serves as a Research Space Scientist for NASA GSFC.

Aerospace Awareness Award

Veronica McGregorr, Pasadena, CA, is recognized for pioneering work and innovation in social & digital media, revolutionizing NASA communications and inspiring the world with the wonders of space. Ms. McGregor currently serves as the News and Social Media Manager for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Initiative, Inspiration, Impact Award

Karina Perez, Arlington, VA, is recognized for her bold advocacy for women and underrepresented communities in the aerospace industry while building consensus among policymakers and industry to enable the next generation of flight. Ms. Perez currently serves as the Director of Unmanned and Emerging Aviation Technologies for Aerospace Industries Association.

Leadership Award

Dorothy Rasco, Boulder, CO, is recognized for her leadership and dedication to the mission and people of NASA and Ball Aerospace, and her commitment to the advancement of women in aerospace. Ms. Rasco currently serves as the Director of Engineering Operations for Ball Aerospace.

Aerospace Educator Award

Dr. Karen Marais, West Lafayette, IN, is recognized for her excellent leadership and sustained dedication to aerospace education and for her tenacious advocacy for girls and young women in aerospace. Dr. Marais currently serves as the Professor Associate Head for the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Janet Kavandi, Louisville, CO, is recognized for her lasting contributions to aerospace, advancements to space exploration and her steadfast dedication to the advancement of women in the field. Dr. Kavandi currently serves as the Executive Vice President at Sierra Space.

Read About This Year’s Awardee’s

The 2020 Award Recipients are:

Outstanding Achievement Award

Dr. Nicole Wagner, Farmington, CT, is recognized for her exceptional leadership, creativity in expanding the boundaries of space-based research, and generous support for young women in aerospace.

Aerospace Awareness Award

Terita Norton, Chantilly, VA, is recognized for her exemplary leadership skills, significant contributions to the industry, and dedication to the advancement of women in aerospace over her career.

Initiative, Inspiration, Impact Award

Emily Smith, Salt Lake City, UT, is recognized for her excellence and drive of leading edge defense technology to new heights, providing protection to our airborne armed forces.

Leadership Award

Kathryn Lueders, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., is recognized for her unprecedented vision and unparalleled leadership that has enabled others to succeed in a new era of space exploration with public-private partnerships.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lori Garver, Washington, D.C., is recognized for her courageous leadership and dedication to a revitalized, valuable and sustainable aerospace industry and her tenacious advocacy for the advancement of women and gender minorities in the field. As a longtime leader and role model in the aerospace industry, Garver has made it her personal mission to continue to create a more diverse workforce, as she did when co-founding the Brooke Owens Fellowship.

Read About 2020’s Awardee’s

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2022 Awards Nomination details will be posted during first quarter 2022. Please check back later.

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