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The Society of Women Engineers Honors MSE Graduate Student Grace Pakeltis

The Society of Women Engineers Honors Engineering Graduate Student

Grace Pakeltis of the University of Tennessee Accepts SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member Award


Sept. 1st 2020 – The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has recognized Grace Pakeltis of the University of Tennessee for her impact on the Society as well as the engineering community with the SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member award. Grace will accept the award at SWE’s annual conference, WE20, which will be held virtually from November 3-14, 2020.


The SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member award recognizes Grace for her outstanding contribution to SWE, the engineering community, and her campus. Grace is currently the Graduate Member Coordinator for Society-level GradSWE.  In this role, she fosters community among graduate students around the world while providing resources and support to both GradSWE group leaders and individual graduate students.  She uses her passion for SWE and assisting graduate students to start a GradSWE group in her local UTK SWE section.  In addition to SWE, Grace is her departmental senator on the Graduate Student Senate.  In this role, she advocates for students on a variety of issues including mental health and diversity and inclusion in the Graduate School.  She has continued to use her passion for outreach by helping run events at the University like Materials Camp, Governor’s School, and Research Days.

The award also recognizes Grace’s continuing dedication to SWE’s mission – striving to highlight the impact and importance of women in engineering across the globe, leading by example, and demonstrating that a career in engineering can be a fulfilling, rewarding pursuit for women of any background.


“The men and women recognized have lived and learned through significant contributions to the engineering community, and they continue to lead in their careers and personal lives,” said Cindy Hoover, president of SWE. “They are leaders paving the way to empower and inspire future women engineers across the globe.”


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