Rodica Baranescu Award for Technical & Leadership Excellence

Established in 2011, this award celebrates the successes of women in the engineering profession and recognizes their leadership and technical contributions in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle sectors. The award serves to broaden the awareness of the reach and impact of women working in mobility engineering. Its goals are to stimulate the involvement of women in engineering as well as open doors for young girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) who wish to pursue engineering careers.

The award is enabled by a gift from Rodica Baranescu, Ph.D. Baranescu is an SAE Fellow, Past President of SAE International, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She is a mechanical engineer who started her professional and academic career in her native country, Romania, before immigrating to the United States in 1980. In 2000, she was the first woman elected President of SAE International.

Nominees for this award must be women who have demonstrated technical competency and leadership in engineering. Beginning in 2017, three women will be honored each year - one from each mobility engineering sector (aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle). Awardees may be employed or retired and they must be members of SAE International.

Year

Name

Employer

2021

Ruxandra Botez

École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS)

Chantal S. Parenteau

Exponent Inc.

2020

Elana Chapman

General Motors

Cynthia Webb

PACCAR Inc.

2019

Laura Hitchcock,

The Boeing Company, Retired

Denise Rizzo

U.S. Army TARDEC

2018

Leslie Kilgore

Thomas Built Buses

Michele Kaiser

John Deere

Rhonda Walthall

 UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS)

2017

Anita M Burke

General Motors

Tara Travis

Cummins Inc

2016

Andrea Brazzale-Anderson

Caterpillar Inc

2015

Dr Christine K Lambert

Ford Motor Company

2014

Dr Ewa Alice Bardasz

Energetics

2013

Corina Sandu PhD

Virginia Tech

2012

Ning Lei

Navistar Inc

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