WIA Honors Shotwell, Hutchison for Achievements

Washington, D.C. (WIA PR) — Women in Aerospace is proud to recognize nine outstanding women for their contributions to the aerospace industry and to the advancement of women in the field. These women, who included SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell and retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, were honored at the 27th annual Women in Aerospace Awards with a reception and dinner held on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Arlington, Va.

The Women in Aerospace awards celebrate women’s professional excellence in aerospace, annually recognizing female leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the aerospace community.

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NASA Deputy Garver Receives WIA Award

Deputy NASA Administrator Lori Garver

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Four current NASA leaders and one retiree were recognized for their work by Women in Aerospace at the organization’s annual awards ceremony and banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The event celebrates women’s professional excellence in aerospace and honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the aerospace community.

NASA leaders who were honored at the 2010 awards are: Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, Director of NASA’s Langley Research Center Lesa Roe, Program Planning Specialist Beth Beck, Aerospace Engineer Jill Lynette Hanna Prince and Nancy Grace Roman, who retired from NASA in 1979 as chief astronomer.

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Diamandis Wows Crowd at WAI Conference; Announces Plans for New Zero-G Program

X-Prize creator Peter Diamandis recently spoke at the Women in Aviation International Conference. Aero-News.net’s correspondent Aleta Vinas has an account of the speech in which Diamandis recounted his efforts at fostering private space flight and his plans for the future.

During the talk, Diamandis announced plans to create a new program to inspire female students to pursue careers in aerospace. Five hundred of the top female high school or junior high school students would experience micro-gravity aboard the Zero-G aircraft. Diamandis co-founded the company.

Alan Boyle also has an interesting interview with Diamandis this week over at Cosmic Log. Diamandis talks about his plans for the Automotive X Prize and competitions in other areas. He also gives a heart-felt tribute to his friend and mentor, Arthur C. Clarke, who recently passed away.