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Hannover. This year is already the tenth time that the prestigious Engineer Powerwoman Award will be presented. Three finalists have been chosen. One of the three nominees will be honored as Engineer Powerwoman 2022 on Thursday, 2 June 2022 at the opening ceremony of the WomenPower Career Congress. The initiative is aimed at encouraging companies to recognize and foster the performance and special commitment of their employees in STEM professions even more.

The three nominees for the Engineer Powerwoman Award are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):

Dr. Antigoni Chrysostomou studied physics and philosophy. Having earned her PhD in physics, she took her first career step at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt). This was followed by positions with IBM and Lenovo. Since April 2020 she has headed the EMEA Azure High Performance Computing business at Microsoft, advancing the cloud adoption for HPC workloads by offering customers end-to-end azure solutions spanning multiple industry scenarios and including technologies such as AI, WVD or IoT. Together with her team, she is passionate about furthering digital transformation. As a member of the German Association of Women Engineers (dib), Dr. Chrysostomou was actively involved in STEM mentoring projects for young women. She is a member of the European Women's Management Development Network (EWMD) and heads the Stuttgart chapter.

Dr. Kamila Flidr grew up in the Czech Republic and studied engineering at the Technical University in Prague. She then went on to gain her master's degree at the École Centrale de Lyon, where she did her doctorate in mechanical engineering. Dr. Flidr subsequently started her career at PSA Peugeot Citroën. 2014 saw her move to Germany and take up a leading function at Altair. She was a co-founder of Altair's subsidiary in Eastern Europe and became Technical Account Manager on her return to Germany. Dr. Flidr has established herself in a male-dominated industry and taken this experience as motivation to involve herself in the enhancement of women's career opportunities. She leads Altair’s Women in Tech EMEA employee resource group and advocates for DEI in general.

Angelique Mesch holds a master's degree in business and engineering. On completion of her studies at Clausthal University of Technology, Ms. Mesch took her first step on the career ladder as field engineer for offshore drilling rigs at Baker Hughes. She then moved to various global positions in technical sales, program management, engineering and now product management. She has always worked in a male-dominated environment, in which she learned to assert herself. Ms. Mesch aims to pave the way for future generations, to which end she organizes career workshops, gives lectures and regularly brings people from different professional backgrounds together. She is currently working on solutions towards increasing process efficiency, developing new products/services, improving manufacturing processes and creating the basis for the use of technologies such as ML and AI.