This year at WE20, I was recognized as an Outstanding SWE Counselor. I am grateful for the SWE members in B-Section at Kettering University and other Kettering SWE members who took the time to nominate me for this award. I enjoy working with both of the SWE sections at Kettering. Their enthusiasm for outreach and supporting women in STEM is inspiring. I am happy to be able to continue to support them as their counselor even though I have moved on to another position.
SWE published a complete list of all WE20 award winners on the All Together Blog and in the conference edition of the SWE Magazine.
The WE20 Virtual Awards Hall is also open for anyone to view and leave messages for each award winner.
There was additional coverage in a news article was published by Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The text of a full press release is included below.
The Society of Women Engineers Recognizes Bioengineering Faculty Member
Rebecca M. Reck, Teaching Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Accepts the Outstanding SWE Counselor Award
September 3, 2020 – The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has recognized Dr. Rebecca M. Reck, teaching associate professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for her impact on the Society as well as the engineering community with the Outstanding SWE Counselor award. Dr. Reck will accept the award at SWE’s annual conference, WE20, which will be held virtually from November 3-14, 2020.
The Outstanding SWE Counselor award recognizes Dr. Reck for her steadfast support and encouragement; for shining as a mentor and role model; and for helping young women in STEM studies grow in both knowledge and integrity.
“I enjoy working with collegiate members of SWE. Their enthusiasm for outreach and supporting women in STEM is inspiring,” said Dr. Reck, teaching associate professor.
The award also recognizes Dr. Reck’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 Heather Doty, president of SWE. “They are leaders paving the way to empower and inspire future women engineers across the globe.”
For more information about SWE, visit https://swe.org/. For more information about the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois, visit https://bioengineering.illinois.edu/.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. The not-for-profit educational and service organization is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. To ensure SWE members reach their full potential as engineers and leaders, the Society offers unique opportunities to network, provides professional development, shapes public policy and provides recognition for the life-changing contributions and achievements of women engineers. As a champion of diversity, SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in their personal and professional lives. For more information about the Society, please visit www.swe.org or call 312.596.5223.
About Bioengineering at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
The Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is widely regarded for its excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and for research advances that address grand challenges in medicine and health care. For more information about Bioengineering, please visit https://bioengineering.illinois.edu/ or call (217) 333-1867.