MFRA was honored to have been a sponsor of the Women and Drones Emerging Aviation Technology Awards ceremony held this week at CES 2023. Women And Drones is the leading membership organization dedicated to driving excellence in the UAS/AAM industry by advocating for female participation in this dynamic segment of the global economy. The organization enables women to connect, collaborate and make global business connections. It also elevates the entire drone industry by bolstering diversity, equity and inclusion which improves business outputs and profitability. Through their educational efforts, Women and Drones supports women and girls in the growing market for talent, with programs from Kindergarten to Career.
The Women to Watch Global Awards initiative recognizes women and organizations making significant contributions to the drone industry. Their contributions include inspiring innovations and solutions, leading people, and companies, promoting women in leadership positions, positively shaping the public perceptions of drones, empowering more women to enter the industry as well as advocating for more inclusive practices in STEM.
MFRA sponsored the ‘Women to Watch’ award in the Engineering category, received this year by Wendy Ljungren, Chief Operating Officer of Anzen Unmanned. MFRA also sponsored the inaugural Hall of Fame awards recognizing 12 inspiring women: Anita Sengupta of Hydroplane Ltd.; Erin Roesler of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site; Fiona Lake of the Rural Drone Academy; Huy Tran of NASA Ames Research Center; Jennifer Pidgen of Sundance Media Group; Lisa Ellman of Hogan Lovells; Marilyn Pearson of CAE; Miriam McNabb of DRONELIFE; Robin Murphy of Texas A&M University; Sabrina Saunders-Hodge of the FAA; Sally French of The Drone Girl; and Tracy Lamb of Quantum AI. Company award winners included the NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI). Congratulations to all award winners deserving of this recognition for their contributions to emerging aviation technologies.