Ertekin wins competitive SWE award
Associate Professor Elif Ertekin has been honored with a 2019 Emerging Leader Award from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
The Emerging Leader Award honors individuals who have been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession and have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills as an individual resulting in significant accomplishments.
Ertekin was one of just 10 women from across the country selected to receive the competitive award. She was recognized for her leadership in interdisciplinary research, her exceptional teaching and mentoring of the next generation of engineers, and for IRISE, the highly impactful and inspirational outreach program she developed and co-directs.
“It’s very exciting to receive this award from SWE, which has been such a strong advocate for women in engineering. This makes me feel even more committed to empowering women and, more generally, to actively pushing to bring more diversity into engineering,” said Ertekin.
She will be recognized at the awards banquet on November 8 during WE19, the world’s largest conference and career fair for women engineers, in Anaheim, California.
“The men and women recognized have lived and learned through significant contributions to the engineering community, and they continue to lead in their careers and personal lives,” said Cindy Hoover, president of SWE. “They are leaders paving the way to empower and inspire future women engineers across the globe.”