Press Release

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Earns Global Society of Women Engineers Awards

SWE@APL’s Victoria Campbell, communications chair elect Kim Westbrook, Vice President, and Sylvie DeLaHunt,
SWE@APL’s Victoria Campbell, communications chair elect Kim Westbrook, Vice President, and Sylvie DeLaHunt, diversity and inclusion chair, at the Celebrate SWE event on Oct. 20.

Credit: APL

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, has been honored with the Society of Women Engineers Mission and Best Practices awards.

The Society of Women Engineers recognizes members who enhance the profession and advocate for women in engineering through their contributions to industry, education and the community. The gold, silver and bronze Mission Award recognizes group achievements, while Best Practice honors are given for the top three events in each Mission Award category.

The APL group — SWE@APL — was awarded a silver Mission Award for the teamwork and dedication of its officers and the members of its Outreach and Women’s History Month committees.

APL’s annual Women’s History Month celebration — hosted by SWE@APL — also earned the group a “Best Practices-Global” Award, selected from all global, multicultural, and diversity and inclusion events submitted within Mission Award applications.

“The celebration would not have been successful without the support of APL leadership, and so many other staff members who participated in events,” said Sylvie DeLaHunt, the group’s diversity and inclusion chair. “We are excited to continue to grow SWE@APL this year and work toward a ‘gold’ Mission Award for 2019!”

SWE@APL also has a growing list of annual events including technical talks, professional development workshops, educational outreach events, networking socials and a school supply drive to support the Howard County Prepare for Success organization.

“I am thrilled that SWE@APL has been selected for national recognition within our first decade of existence,” said Kathy Ruben, SWE@APL president. “It is a testament to the inspired and creative leadership of our officers, the generosity of our members, and the consistent support from the APL community on behalf of all women at APL.”

Award recipients were recognized at the “Celebrate SWE” event on Oct. 20 in Minneapolis during WE18, the world’s largest conference for female engineers.