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WIE banquet

As a testimony to the excellence of College of Engineering’s female undergraduate students, each year over 2,000 female engineering students, representing over half of the College's female engineering students, qualify to attend the Women in Engineering Banquet. This event recognizes student and faculty leaders through Student Mentoring Awards, and Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards. Additionally, each year we award corporate scholarships to some of our most outstanding female engineering students.

The WIE Banquet: Female Academic Excellence and Leadership

This prominent event brings together nearly 500 students, alumni, corporate partners and Institute leaders to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of female engineering students who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above.

The 2023 WIE Banquet will take place on 

Thursday, April 13, 2023

at the GT Exhibition Hall

 

Nzinga Tull (2023 Keynote Speaker)

Each year's banquet features a woman with a distinguished career in engineering and technology as the keynote speaker. The 2023 keynote speaker is Nzinga Tull, ME '98. 

Nzinga Tull is a Chief Systems Engineer at Jackson and Tull (J&T), an engineering and technology company based in the Washington, DC region and co-founded in 1974 by her father, Knox W. Tull, Jr (Georgia Tech MS CE 1972). Ms. Tull was born and raised in Washington, DC. She earned dual undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Spelman College and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Tech. She subsequently earned a Master of Science Degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park.

After receiving her bachelor degrees in 1998, Ms. Tull joined J&T as a systems engineer. She and has provided technical expertise and leadership for a variety of programs at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD. This includes requirements development, flight mission planning and operations, data analysis and anomaly response and management.

Ms. Tull has provided systems engineering and management leadership on the Mission Operations team for the Hubble Space Telescope, including in her current role as an Anomaly Response Manager who coordinates technical investigation, resolution and recovery from problems that disrupt Hubble flight operations. She played a pivotal role coordinating the investigation of the payload computer malfunction that disrupted Hubble’s science mission for 5 weeks in 2021. In light of the technical leadership she provided in Hubble’s recovery, Ms. Tull was featured in numerous technical and popular publications in the U.S. and abroad, including a profile in the Washington City Paper “The People Issue 2021.”  Previous media features highlighting her Hubble support include 60 Minutes (CBS) and Behind Closed Doors with Joan Lunden (A&E Network). She was also featured in the 2011 Women of Goddard publication highlighting the breadth of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers held by women at GSFC and the corresponding exhibit at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.

Previously, Ms. Tull has supported the GSFC Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO) that developed technologies for unmanned servicing of operational satellites following the retirement of the Space Shuttle. She also served as a systems engineer with the Integration and Test (I&T) team for the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) which is the primary instrument on the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite 2 (ICESat-2).

Ms. Tull resides in her hometown, Washington, DC, where she is a proud aunt of nephew Mossi Tull, Jr and niece Malaika Tull. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech and serves as the Board Chair of Teaching for Change, a natdonal education and social justice non-profit organization. She is also a traditional West African Dance artist and long-time performer with KanKouran West African Dance Company.

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Nzinga Tull

Scholarships & Awards

The awards banquet recognizes student and faculty leaders through Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards, Student Mentoring Awards, and the Helen Grenga Outstanding Women Engineer Award.  Additionally, each year we award corporate scholarships to some of our most outstanding female engineering students.

Corporate engagement is a crucial aspect of the Women in Engineering program, and granting corporate scholarships allows WIE’s industry partners to express their shared commitment to encouraging female participation in engineering.  Each company defines its own parameters regarding scholarships they wish to give, and WIE reviews and recommends deserving students for these awards.

Eligibility: Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, financial need, and involvement with women-focused professional organizations such as WIE and SWE as well as other criteria (major, GPA, and citizenship) specified by each of the corporate sponsors. The application for these scholarships becomes available in mid-January.

Faculty Awards

Every year, WIE presents two awards to engineering faculty members who have had a special impact on students’ lives through their teaching excellence and by going the extra mile to encourage and support the students’ success. These awards are given on the belief that the learning environment is enhanced by professors who care, and that this increases student participation and retention.

The awards are distinctive because they come from the students themselves.  Every year, female undergraduate engineering students are invited to nominate a faculty member who has had a positive impact on their lives.

The 2022 Faculty Award Winners are Dr. Damon P. Williams from the School of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Dr. Kelly Griendling from the School of Aerospace Engineering. 

Sponsors

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Dr. Damon P. Williams
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Dr. Kelly Griendling

Mentoring Awards

Every year, WIE recognizes outstanding mentors from the M&M Program, a peer mentoring program for undergraduate female engineering students. The recipients of these Outstanding Mentor Awards are selected from nominations received from mentees who would like to recognize their mentor for providing guidance, friendship, and support throughout the year.

The 2022 Outstanding Mentors are Salmata Barrie, Camille Butkus, Katherine  Cauffiel, Elizabeth Clayton, Lauren DeMent, Rabia (Melis) Direk, Makaela Edmonds, Katelyn Groenhout, Rebecca Hammerle, Tiffany Jeng, Olivia Lenaghan, Macleary Moran, Jennifer Nolan, Caroline Orange, Ashi Parashar, Lindsey Rodrigues, Nishalini Shanmugan, Jennifer Shen, and Lillian Tso. Thank you!!!!!

 

Sponsors

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2022 M&M Best Mentors

Helen Grenga Outstanding Engineer Award

The Helen Grenga Outstanding Woman Engineer Award was created to celebrate the accomplishments of women in engineering, and is presented to a female engineering student who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service in her field and in the Georgia Tech community.

This award is named after Dr. Helen Grenga, who was the first female tenured engineering professor at Georgia Tech in the School of Metallurgy, now known as the School of Materials Science and Engineering.

The 2022 Helen Grenga Award recipient is Shelbe Johnson, ChBE '22.

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Shelbe Johnson

Corporate Support

The steadfast support of our companies reflects a genuine commitment to the success and engagement of women engineers as they develop into future leaders. Our corporate sponsors are committed to increasing the number of women in the technical, engineering and scientific fields.The active role of corporate sponsors gives them the opportunity to impact the careers of the best and brightest women engineering students at Georgia Tech. The banquet serves as a platform to award scholarships from our corporate sponsors to many of our most outstanding female engineering students. Students selected to receive a scholarship will be formally recognized at the banquet and will have the unique opportunity to meet company representatives that evening.