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Stevens' Debra Facktor Lepore Honored by Women in Aerospace

Stevens Industry Professor Debra Facktor Lepore, president of DFL Space LLC, is one of nine women being recognized by Women in Aerospace for their outstanding contributions to the aerospace industry and to the advancement of women in the field.

Lepore is the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Member Award, which recognizes her enduring, tireless efforts on behalf of Women in Aerospace, Women in Aerospace Foundation and the aerospace industry. She will be honored at the 27th annual Women in Aerospace Awards - an annual celebration of women's professional excellence in aerospace - with a reception and dinner to be held on Nov. 1, 2012 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Arlington, Va.

"We congratulate Debra on this prestigious award," said Dinesh Verma, dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens. "Her technical and leadership achievements in the aerospace industry and devotion to advancing the field exemplify all that Stevens stands for."

The other 2012 Women in Aerospace award recipients are:

  • OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Gwynne Shotwell, president, SpaceX, Hawthorne, Calif., in recognition of her extraordinary technical and business sense with a charisma and passion for space, education and advancement of sciences as well as her participation in science, technology, engineering and math education and scholarship.
  • AEROSPACE AWARENESS AWARD: Susan Anderson, public affairs specialist, NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, in recognition of her promotion of public awareness for space exploration and her dedication to inspiring the next generation of space explorers and pioneers.
  • AEROSPACE EDUCATOR AWARD: Shella Condino, advanced placement Physics and Chemistry teacher, Presidio High School, Presidio, Texas, in recognition of her motivating force using rocketry to give her students an aerospace education and a pathway to be first generation college graduates.
  • LEADERSHIP AWARD: Simonetta Di Pippo, ASI European Space Policy Observatory, Brussels, in recognition of her role as a strong advocate of space exploration, highly skilled manager of complex space projects, mentor and as a leader for young women in the aerospace sector.
  • LEADERSHIP AWARD: Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator, Texas, is recognized for her strong and effective leadership in space and aeronautics throughout her service in the United States Senate and her sustained dedication to ensuring opportunities for women to seek and attain the highest achievements in the aeronautic and aerospace professions.
  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, is recognized for how she has inspired future leaders and for her lifelong dedication, selflessness, and commitment to furthering the advancement of women's opportunities in aerospace.
  • WIA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP: Kirstyn Marie Johnson, a junior in aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied to the 2012-2013 academic year.

Women in Aerospace (WIA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding women's opportunities for leadership and to increasing their visibility within the aerospace community. To learn more about WIA, visit: