March is Women’s History Month and, without question, engineering is a field where women have made their mark. What was traditionally a male-dominated field in now full of professionals from all backgrounds and gender. This trend is visible in the EcoCAR competition – female participation has steadily grown since Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) started at the U.S. Department of Energy, one of EcoCAR’s headline sponsors, in the 1980s.
In an effort to recognize the outstanding contributions of women in the program and encourage others to pursue a career in engineering, the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation honors a woman or group of women every year with the Outstanding Women in Engineering Award. Not only must the winner show exceptional technical skills and leadership, but she should also contribute to recruiting and retaining female EcoCAR team members. Former Indy race car driver, Lyn St. James, will deliver this year’s award on May 25 in San Diego, California. EcoCAR teams, be sure to sign up to participate by April 30! For EcoCAR students interested in participating in the Women in Engineering Award, please access the details on the EcoCAR SharePoint site.
One of last year’s award recipients, Nicole Lambiase, says her passion for engineering sprouted from childhood influences, like watching shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, near her hometown. As a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University she became involved in the EcoCAR competition and her outstanding work as electrical team leader ultimately led her to a position today with Argonne National Laboratory. Watch Nicole’s story below!