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Women in STEM

FIRST Chesapeake Women in STEM Breakfast

Tuesday, February 6, 2024 


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The Women in STEM initiative recognizes, celebrates and honors the outstanding achievements and contributions of women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) as well as her advocacy for the promotion and inclusion of women in STEM fields. 

WIS acknowledges the vital role women play in shaping the future of technology and innovation and serves as an inspiration to the next generation of female leaders in STEM.

Three scholarships are available for those who identify as women who are currently high school juniors and seniors and currently registered with a FIRST team in the FIRST Chesapeake District (FTC or FRC in DC, Maryland, and Virginia). These scholarships are made possible in thanks to a generous contribution by Dominion Energy

The Outstanding Woman in STEM Award is given annually by FIRST Chesapeake to honor a woman who has stood as an example of innovation, trailblazing, leadership, community-building, or advocacy in a STEM field. This award and today’s event is made possible through the Leidos partnership and support of FIRST Chesapeake’s Women in STEM initiative. 


2024 Women in STEM Scholarship


Abigail Lafon
Team 401
Farrah Berry
Team 539
Zenia Haroon
Team 10216
Ibtihal Hanna
Team 16598
Kavya Shah
Team 10216
Laura Huelskamp
Team 2818
Nithya Vinodh
Team 5338
Rebecca Showalter
Team 22554

2024 Outstanding Woman in STEM Award Winner

Dr. Sunita Satyapal

Director, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, and DOE Hydrogen Program Coordinator, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Sunita Satyapal is the Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office and coordinates activities across offices for the U.S. DOE Hydrogen Program. She is responsible for more than $1.6 billion in hydrogen and fuel cell research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities within the office and for coordinating more than $9.5 billion in hydrogen activities across DOE. She has more than two and a half decades of experience across industry, academia, and government, including at United Technologies managing research and business development, and as a visiting professor. She also coordinates international hydrogen activities as Vice-Chair of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, a partnership among over 20 countries to accelerate progress in hydrogen and is the U.S. co-lead for hydrogen efforts within the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation.  She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and did postdoctoral work in Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University.  She has numerous publications, including in Scientific American, 10 patents, and a number of recognitions including two Presidential Rank Awards.

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