Engineer Powerwoman Award
An independent jury consisting of members of the WomenPower Congress Advisory Board nominated three women for the Engineer Powerwoman career award.
Sophie Borgne is Engineer Powerwoman 2020
Sophie Borgne was named Engineer Powerwoman at the WomenPower congress during the HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days . Borgne accepted the prize, which is endowed with 5,000 euros, in a virtual session following laudations by Elke Büdenbender, patron of the initiative Klischeefrei (Cliché-Free), and Professor Barbara Schwarze, CEO of the Competence Center for Technology-Diversity-Equal Opportunity. The prize, which is usually awarded during the opening of the WomenPower career conference, became part of the digital event after the corona pandemic caused the cancellation of HANNOVER MESSE. Engineer Powerwoman 2020 marks the eighth time that Deutsche Messe is honoring a pioneer in the STEM field who through her commitment, her ideas and her work promotes technical innovation within her company.
Sophie Borgne is Senior Vice President Digital Plant Business at Schneider Electric. Her work focuses on the Internet of Things and the associated optimization of traditional industrial automation. Since joining Schneider Electric in 2001, Borgne has been involved internationally in Africa, China, France, and Italy and led teams in various functions. She regularly gives lectures and shares her expertise in Industrie 4.0. In addition, Borgne is an ambassador in the Schneider Women in Tech network, which aims to break through gender stereotypes and inspire young girls to pursue a career in technology, true to their motto: "Don't set limits and do what you want to do”.
An independent jury consisting of the members of the WomenPower congress advisory board nominated three experts as finalists for the Engineer Powerwoman Award.
Dr. Katharina Helten works as Head of Mechanical Modules for the Business Unit Electrification Technologies within Vitesco Technologies, the powertrain area of Continental. As part of the pre-development, her department develops key components such as the electrical machine for future electric drivetrains.
She holds a Diploma degree from RWTH Aachen and a doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) from Technische Universität München, both in Mechanical Engineering.
Since more than 15 years, Katharina Helten actively volunteers to support female experts and leaders in STEM areas, i.e. as active member of Femtec.Alumnae e.V..
A life for human space travel - fascinated by the moon landing in 1969, the then four-year-old decides that one day she too will fly into space.
Claudia Kessler is an entrepreneur and visionary. She is an aerospace engineer with more than 30 years of experience in international space sector. After a long time as CEO of an aerospace personnel company, she created her own company with Astronautin GmbH. In 2016 Claudia started the initiative "First Female German Astronaut" - out of 400 highly qualified applicants, Dr. Thiele-Eich and Dr. Randall were selected. As one of the few female managers in the space industry, she is a trailblazer for women in managerial positions. In 2009 she founded the network "Women in Aerospace Europe" that promotes the international career of female specialists and managers. With the Astronautin GmbH, she not only brings the first female German astronaut into space, but women to the top of the economy and society.
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