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.