Salutes & Awards

June 1, 2012

NAWCWD thanks Expanding Your Horizons volunteers

Photo by Mike Johnson

Linda Homer, front left, NAWCWD’s coordinator for the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference, and Joan Johnson, front right, head of NAWCWD’s Systems Engineering Department, recognize volunteers who supported the EYH Conference. Homer hosted a ceremony May 21 to thank the 85 volunteers who supported the conference that was held March 12 at the McLean Lab. Last year’s Team Member of the Year Andrew Tree announced that Linda Finco was this year’s Team Member of the Year. Finco was the chairperson for the workshop committee. There were a total of 17 hands-on workshops at the event, including six new ones. “She really stood out as the volunteer of the year,” Tree said. Johnson presented letters of appreciation signed by Scott O’Neil, NAWCWD executive director, to the volunteers who were in attendance. She said that when she was in middle school, neither she nor her friends thought about becoming engineers. And, while studying chemical engineering in college there were very few other females, noting that in her first job there were two females in a department of 200 scientists and engineers. “I see that trend getting a lot better,” Johnson said. “It’s getting better because of events exactly like Expanding Your Horizons.” More than 140 middle school girls attended the 11th annual conference held on March 12 at the McLean Lab. After the conference, 96 percent of the girls said yes or maybe to considering careers in math and science. “If you changed even just one girl’s mind it was worth it,” Johnson said.

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