Individual Awards

Individual Awards

The Society of Women Engineers strives to advance and honor the contributions of women at all stages of their careers as well as recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession through contributions to industry, education and the community.

Individual Awards Submission Details

Nominators will be contacted with results: by July 31
Applications are open: January 1-March 31, 2019
Apply: Individual Awards Packet coming January 1
Questions: awards@swe.org
Individual Awards Training:

Beginning in 2017, feedback will not be provided on award submissions.

Achievement Award

The Achievement Award is the highest award given by the Society of Women Engineers. It is presented annually to a woman who has made an outstanding technical contribution for at least twenty (20) years of time in a field of engineering. Her academic training may be in either science or engineering. A maximum of one (1) awards may be presented annually. Apply for this award.

Advocating Women in Engineering Award

The Advocating Women in Engineering Award honors an individual who has demonstrated professional excellence in their chosen STEM field and has proven to be an advocate of women in engineering and SWE’s objectives. A maximum of five (5) awards may be presented annually. Apply for this award.

Distinguished Engineering Educator Award

The Distinguished Engineering Educator Award is presented to a woman who has made significant contributions to the engineering profession, and has at least twenty (20) years professional experience and ten (10) years’ experience as a full-time or emeritus engineering educator. A maximum of one (1) awards may be presented annually. Apply for this award.

Distinguished Service Awards

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a SWE member or associate member who has made a significant contribution(s) to the Society of Women Engineers for at least twenty (20) years, especially at the local and regional levels, or on Society-level committees. This award is intended to recognize members whose involvement has been focused in areas not recognized by other SWE individual awards or member grade. A maximum of five (5) awards may be presented annually. Only SWE Members are eligible for this award. Apply for this award.

Emerging Leader Awards

The Emerging Leader Award honors any woman engineer who has been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession, has demonstrated outstanding technical excellence as an individual resulting in significant accomplishments, and has ten (10) to fifteen (15) years of cumulative engineering experience. A maximum of ten (10) awards may be presented annually. Apply for this award.

Entrepreneur Award

The SWE Entrepreneur Award honors the woman who chose to follow a different path than her colleagues in the corporate and academic worlds by striking out on her own to start and/or maintain her own engineering, scientific or technology-based business for at least five (5) years, and in doing so, serves as a role model to all women who have ever risked financial security for the possibility of uncertain rewards. A maximum of one (1) awards may be presented annually. Apply for this award.

Fellow Grade Member

The Fellow Grade is an honor conferred on SWE members with at least twenty (20) years of membership “in recognition of continuous service to the advancement of women in the engineering profession.”   Maximum number selected per year – based on membership statistics. Only SWE Members are eligible for this award. Apply for this award.

Global Leadership Award

The Global Leadership Award honors a person with at least fifteen (15) years professional experience who has worked in and led an internationally based engineering, scientific or technology-based business or organization, and in doing so, serves as a role model to women engineers and technologists worldwide. A maximum of three (3) awards may be presented annually. Apply for this award.

Global Team Leadership Award

The Global Team Leadership Award is awarded to a geographically diverse team making outstanding technical contributions in the field of engineering and/or technical management demonstrating innovative thinking to overcome global challenges. It is presented annually to a team with women in technical leadership roles that meets or exceeds project objectives. A maximum of three (3) separate team awards may be presented annually. Apply for this award.

Prism Award

The Prism Award recognizes a woman who has charted her own path throughout her career, providing leadership in technology fields and professional organizations along the way. The ideal candidate must demonstrate outstanding leadership in her organization, exhibit a clear understanding of how her career path contributed to her achievements, work to enrich the conversation of what it means to be a successful woman in STEM, and demonstrate activities supporting SWE’s mission, and have a minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience. A maximum of five (5) awards may be presented annually.  Apply for this award.

Resnik Challenger Medal

The Resnik Challenger Medal was established in 1986 to honor SWE’s Dr. Judith A. Resnik, NASA Mission Specialist on the ill-fated Challenger space shuttle flight on January 28, 1986. It is awarded only as merited for visionary contributions to space exploration to individuals with at least ten (10) years of service. This award acknowledges a specific engineering breakthrough or achievement that has expanded the horizons of space exploration. A maximum of one (1) awards may be presented annually. Apply for this award.

Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award

The Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award celebrates and recognizes a man or company who has contributed significantly to the acceptance and advancement of women in the engineering field. A maximum of three (3) awards may be presented annually. Apply for this award.

Spark Award

The Spark Award honors a person who has contributed to the advancement of women by mentoring those around them. The individual will have made a difference in the lives of many by affecting women at a variety of levels ranging from high school through more senior levels in relation to their position. A maximum of five (5) awards may be presented annually. Apply for this award.

Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award - Endowed by Northrop Grumman Corporation

The Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award recognizes a woman with at least twenty (20) years of experience, who has succeeded in rising within her organization to a significant management position such that she is able to influence the decision making process and has created a nurturing environment for other women in the workplace. Northrop Grumman Corporation has endowed this award. A maximum of one (1) awards may be presented annually. Apply for this award.

SWE Distinguished New Engineer Awards

The SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award honors women who have demonstrated outstanding technical performance, as well as leadership in professional organizations (SWE) and the community, in the first ten (10) years of their career. A maximum of ten (10) awards may be presented annually. Only SWE Members are eligible for this award. Apply for this award.

Work/Life Integration Award

The Work/Life Integration Award honors an individual who has been instrumental in establishing a landmark program for his or her organization to improve the ability of women engineers and other employees to integrate or balance work and family responsibilities. In so doing, he or she has demonstrated recognition of the need for employees to integrate work, family and personal interests. A maximum of one (1) awards may be presented annually. Apply for this award.

Outstanding Collegiate Member Award

The Collegiate Member Awards are bestowed upon SWE collegiate members with at least two (2) years of SWE membership who have made an outstanding contribution to SWE, the engineering community, and their campus. The nominator of this award must be a SWE Collegiate Member, Collegiate Section Faculty Advisor, or a SWE Member in good standing. A maximum of ten (10) awards will be given annually. Only SWE Collegiate Members are eligible for this award. Apply for this award.

Outstanding Faculty Advisor

The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award is bestowed upon a leader who has made an outstanding contribution to a SWE collegiate section as an advisor. The nominator must be a SWE Professional or Collegiate Member in good standing and belong to the section the Faculty Advisor currently advises. A maximum of one (1) awards may be presented annually. Apply for this award.

Outstanding SWE Counselor

The Outstanding SWE Counselor Award is bestowed upon a member who has made an outstanding contribution to a SWE collegiate section as a Counselor. The nominator must be a SWE Collegiate Member in good standing or a Faculty Advisor and belong to the section the SWE Counselor currently advises. A maximum of one (1) awards may be presented annually. Only SWE Collegiate Members are eligible for this award. Apply for this award.