Supporting Women in STEM Careers
SWE SCV promotes SWE's mission by awarding scholarships to local women pursuing an accredited engineering or computer science degree in the United States. In 2019, SWE SCV awarded 11 scholarships totaling more than $14,000.
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Irmgard Flugge-Lotz Scholarship
The Irmgard FluggeLotz Scholarship was one our first endowed scholarships, recognizing a true aeronautics pioneer. Born in Germany in 1903, she was one of the first women in the world to study aeronautics, earning her doctorate in 1929. She applied her mathematical skills to develop lifting line theory, a fundamental breakthrough to compute the lift distribution of an airplane wing. She left Europe in 1948 to teach at Stanford University, with a focus on fluid mechanics, numerical methods, and automatic control theory. In 1960, she became the first female full professor in Stanford's College of Engineering. In 1970, she was selected as the recipient of the SWE Achievement Award, the highest honor awarded nationally by SWE.