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Women honored for STEM efforts

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three Sandia National Laboratories engineers have been recognized by the Society of Women Engineers for their support in the enrichment and advancement of women in engineering.

Janet Williams

Janet Williams earned the Distinguished Service Award for significant contributions to SWE for at least 20 years, especially at the local and regional levels, according a Sandia news release.

Kelly Hahn landed the Emerging Leader Award for being “actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession” and demonstrating outstanding technical excellence.

Leslie Phinney was given the Prism Award, which honors charting “her own path throughout her career, providing leadership in technology fields and professional organizations along the way,” organizers said.

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“They are leaders, inspiring the current and future generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals and paving the way to empowerment for women engineers everywhere,” said Society of Women Engineers President Jonna Gerken in a statement.

The three received the awards during the group’s annual conference in the fall in Austin.

Williams said she deeply appreciated the recognition of her peers. “I feel that giving my time and knowledge to SWE’s goals of helping women find rewarding careers in engineering also helped me develop skills that furthered my contributions to Sandia,” Williams said in a statement.

Kelly Hahn

Hahn, who began her career at Sandia in 2001 as a student intern, said, “I am truly flattered by this award …. It further boosts my interest in wanting to pay-it-forward to inspire other females to join STEM fields.”

Leslie Phinney

Phinney said her belief that the community broadly encompasses where she works and lives is a driving force for her commitment to improving it.

“I focus my charitable giving primarily on organizations that empower women, expand educational opportunities, assist those in need, protect the environment and preserve important historical and cultural sites,” she said.

The not-for-profit SWE was founded in 1950 and, according to its website, is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology.

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Sandia engineer Janet Williams recently won the Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Service Award for her significant contributions to the engineering profession through education. Williams has been with Sandia for more than 30 years.

Kelly Hahn joined Sandia as a student intern in 2001. Today, the electrical engineer’s work supports inertial confinement fusion experiments on Z Machine. The Society of Women Engineers recognized Hahn with an Emerging Leader Award.

Sandia mechanical engineer Leslie Phinney has been awarded the Prism Award by the Society of Women Engineers.

Three Sandia engineers recognized for contributions to advancing women in STEM

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