EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – April 9, 2013 – AWR Corporation, the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA software, is proud to announce that Sherry Hess, vice president of marketing and long time advocate for women in engineering, has been named to co-chair Women in Engineering (WIE) within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Microwave Theory and Techniques Society’s (MTT-S) Membership and Geographic Activities (MGA) organization.
Hess will serve alongside Dr. Rashaunda Henderson of the University of Texas at Dallas to further the mission of WIE to facilitate the global recruitment and retention of women in RF and microwave engineering and foster a vibrant community of IEEE women and men collectively using their diverse talents to innovate for the benefit of humanity.
Hess’s background in promoting the interests of women in engineering includes serving as the organizer of the 2010 and 2011 International Microwave Symposium Women in Microwaves reception, as well as participating in the Women in Electronic Design panel at the 2012 Design Automation Conference, where she discussed the topic, “ The Mechanics of Creativity— What does it take to be an idea machine? AWR as a company is a great supporter of women in their technical workforce and their outreach in recruiting talent from diverse backgrounds.
In her new role as an ambassador for the WIE organization, Hess will be speaking to the MTT-S chapter chairs at the upcoming IEEE International Wireless Symposium (Beijing, China, April 16-18) on the topic of attracting and retaining more women in the microwave engineering field. Hess is also scheduled to present at the International Microwave Symposium 2013 (IMS 2013) in Seattle in June and European Microwave Week (EuMW) in Nuremberg, Germany in October, as well as various and frequent local IEEE MTT-S chapter meetings throughout the U.S. over the course of her two-year tenure.
“With women comprising 43 percent of engineers in Asia Pacific, 23 percent in Europe/Middle East/Africa and only 10 percent in the U.S., we need to work together to find novel ways to stay connected to each other and to bring more females into the domain of engineering,” said Hess. “It is definitely a struggle to make engineering appear more inspiring for either gender, but especially now, with the wireless revolution in full swing, all of us, as engineers, need to stretch a little bit outside of our comfort zone and become spokespersons for the important role we play in bringing the technological future into reality.”
AWR, the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA software, dramatically reduces development time and cost for products employed in wireless, high-speed wired, broadband, aerospace and defense, and electro-optical applications.
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