Engineer Powerwoman Award
At WomenPower 2023, Deutsche Messe AG will honor for the eleventh time a female pioneer in the STEM field who through her commitment, her ideas and her work promotes technical innovation within her company and thus is a motivation and inspiration for fellow women.
The winner of the Engineer Powerwoman Award can expect a media-effective award ceremony during the opening of the WomenPower Career Congress on 21 April 2022, as well as an attractive PR package.
Engineer Powerwoman 2023
Dr. Christina Franke
This year, Dr. Christina Franke was named Engineer Powerwoman at WomenPower during HANNOVER MESSE. The award was presented by the chairwoman of the jury, Prof. Barbara Schwarze, Kompetenzzentrum Technik-Diversity-Chancengleichheit, Bielefeld.
“The WomenPower Congress Advisory Board is thrilled at the outstanding quality of the proposals from companies and research institutions for the Engineer Powerwoman 2023 award,” she declared. “The selection of the winner, Dr. Christina Franke, from three highly interesting nominated experts impressively demonstrates the potential of women working in technically-oriented companies. The award is intended to honor the winner and encourage her on her path, as well as to encourage companies to make significantly more women visible in their technical careers.”
The nominees for the Engineer Powerwoman Award 2023:
Dr. Cristina Alonso Alija is the Head of the Sustainability, Safety, Health and Environment department at Bayer AG. She studied chemistry and engineering in Barcelona, Spain, where she also completed her PhD in organic chemistry. Following this, her international career took her to the Netherlands, Argentina, Mexico, the USA and finally Germany. Dr. Cristina Alonso-Alija is passionate about science and a role model for all women in STEM careers. Among other awards, Dr. Cristina Alonso-Alija has received the Otto Bayer Medal for research on soluble guanylate cyclase stimulators, which led to the introduction of the innovative drug Adempas® (riociguat). She has also co-authored 19 scientific articles published in international journals (including Nature) and has been named as a co-inventor on 38 patent applications. As a sponsor of various corporate initiatives, Christina is committed to equal opportunities for women and men, for colleagues with different sexual orientations, and for people with and without disabilities.
Dr. Christina Franke joined Bosch Rexroth in Stuttgart in June 2022 as Head of Development in the Assembly Technology business unit. After studying design and production engineering at the University of the Saarland, and a year abroad in Sweden, she began working as a research assistant at the Institute of Production Engineering in 1999. In December 2003, Dr. Franke completed her dissertation on "Process Chain Planning in the Digital Factory" at the University of the Saarland. In June 2004, she started her career as a trainee in the Bosch Group, and quickly took on management tasks in Production and Quality Management. From 2011 to 2015, she was involved in setting up production at the Powertrain plant in Wuxi, China. This was followed by an assignment as a consultant to the Bosch Executive Board. In 2017, she joined the Central Purchasing Division of the Bosch Group as Head of Technical Project Purchasing for Commercial and Offroad Vehicles for Powertrain Solutions. From mid-2019 onward, she was responsible for the engineering arm of the Central Research and Pre-development Division, where among other things she led innovation work in the areas of Industrie 4.0 and electric mobility.
Zen-Zen Yen is an up-and-coming leading personality in the pharmaceutical industry. She holds a master's degree in biotechnology from the Technical University of Braunschweig, and started her career at Bayer AG in 2015 as part of the International Future Leadership Program. Within the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), Zen-Zen Yen was instrumental in establishing an "Emerging Leader" group for young professionals in the area of the German-speaking countries in 2016, as well as developing the global Women in Pharma (WIP) program and the regional Women in Pharma group in 2018. The goals here were to provide mentoring and promote career development among female professionals in these disciplines. Since 2016, she has organized several highly successful networking events, hackathons and mentoring programs in Europe and North America. In doing so, she provided a forum for women to exchange career-development ideas and strategies in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2019, Zen-Zen Yen became the first woman to join the Advisory Board of ISPE D/A/CH (the largest global non-profit organization in the pharmaceutical industry), of which she is now Vice Chair. In addition to all these achievements, she is also the international chair of ISPE Emerging Leaders.
Lisa Ihde , Young Engineering Award 2023
The winner was announced during the opening of the WomenPower Career Congress on 21 April in Hannover. Prof. Barbara Schwarze, in her role as chairwoman of the WomenPower Jury, presented the Young Engineering Award to Lisa Ihde.
The jury, comprised of the members of the WomenPower Congress Advisory Board, had nominated three young women for this new award. In the end, Lisa Ihde, from the Hasso Plattner Institute Potsdam, triumphed. She is a web designer, game designer, software engineer and author.
As co-author, she was instrumental in writing the book "Gamedesign für Dummies Junior". Like the IT industry in general, the gaming industry is heavily male-dominated. This makes it all the more important for women in the industry to get involved to a greater extent, in order to change the image of women in digital games. With her commitment, Lisa is a role model for all young women who decide to pursue a career in IT or game design, and who need strong role models for these career choices.
New: Young Engineering Award
You know a young female scientist aged 30 or under who is doing exceptional work in her field or is committed to going way beyond the call of duty. Then we want to meet this great woman. For 20 years, WomenPower has been one of the most successful networking and discussion events for women leaders in STEM fields, and it's time that we, too, become more diverse and intentionally reach out more to young women. That's why we are presenting the "Young Engineering Award" for the first time this year.
The “Engineer Powerwoman 2023” will be honored at the WomenPower congress on April 21, 2023. The award winner will receive a media appearance within the framework of the WomenPower congress on April 21, 2023, as well as an attractive PR package and exclusively 2 tickets for the Networking Night and the WomenPower Career Congress 2024.
The nominees for the Young Engineering Award 2023:
Lisa Ihde, Hasso Plattner Institute Potsdam, is a web designer, game designer, design thinking coach and book author. As co-author, she was significantly involved in the book "Game Design". The games industry - like the IT industry in general - is strongly male-dominated. It is therefore all the more important that women get more involved in order to change the image of women in digital games. With her commitment, Lisa is a role model for all young women who decide on a career in IT or game design and need strong role models for these career decisions.
Dr. rer. nat. Soraya Laghmari El Moussati works as a lead engineer for environmental technology at Bayer AG. After studying chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen, she also obtained her doctorate there before embarking on her career path. Soraya is passionate about chemistry; she is involved in the Bayer Business Resource Group Merge and also volunteers as a mentor with ROCK YOUR LIFE e.V.
Carolin Neumann studied information technology at the Technical University of Berlin, and is an Associate Application Consultant at IBM. There, she develops IBM's internal cloud services as well as tools for managing various project software. Carolin is a role model at IBM events for female students. In addition, she is the founder of BYTE Challenge, a digital, free and non-profit platform for students and teachers.
Statement Kamila Flidr
Engineer Powerwoman 2022
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