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Friday, June 1, 2012

Honoring the Contributions of Women

by Emily Feliz

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce the readers of Avionics Magazine to some amazing women in the field of avionics and aerospace engineering. In the pages of this supplement, you will read of the outstanding accomplishments and the remarkable contributions they have made to make aircraft safer and more efficient.

Their work has spanned military, commercial, business and general aviation, manned and unmanned, fixed-wing and rotorcraft, ground networks and space systems. The women and corporations on the following pages have blazed trails, forging a path for the next generation of professionals to follow. When some of these women started their careers, they weren’t many women in the higher ranks of aerospace companies for them to look to for inspiration. Now, they are giving back to the industry serving as mentors and confidants to young professionals looking to follow in their experienced footsteps.

Maybe 10 or 20 years from now, we won’t have to shine a light on what women are doing, because they will have further infiltrated the upper echelon of the industry and corporate management. Although as the phrase goes, we’ve come a long way, baby, it is still apparent that these women run in rarified circles, where men still greatly outnumber women. In the meantime, the women on these pages have committed to providing leadership, inspiration and support current and future female executives in the aerospace industry.

These women and corporations will be honored at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., on June 4. Please visit www.avionicsawards.com for more information.

Please read this supplement and be inspired! I know I was!

 

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