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Willie Hobbs Moore Awards

Willie Hobbs Moore

In 2013, the University of Michigan Women in Science and Engineering office established the annual Willie Hobbs Moore awards to honor faculty, staff, and students who demonstrate excellence promoting equity in science, technology, engineering, and math.  UM WISE honors outstanding advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM with three awards celebrating the accomplishments of Willie Hobbs Moore, the first African American woman at Michigan to earn a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering and the first African American woman in the country to earn a PhD in physics. They a

  • Willie Hobbs Moore Achievement Award for an individual in STEM whose achievements encourage and inspire others to achieve their goals.
  • Aspire, Advance, Achieve Mentoring Award for an individual who has served as a formal or informal mentor to students.
  • Claudia Joan Alexander Award for groundbreaking accomplishments and contributions to STEM.

Nominations for 2021 awards

Nominations are now open for the 9th annual Willie Hobbs Moore Awards.  Nominate a student, staff, or faculty that has had a profound impact on equity in STEM through innovation, mentorship, or research. Nominations are due March 5. 

2020 Winners

2020 Winners

Willie Hobbs Moore Achievement Award

Shanna Daly, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Co-Founder of the Center for Socially Engaged Design (CSED)

From a colleague: Professor Shanna Daly has made significant achievements in engineering research, education, and mentoring at Michigan. Her original scholarship, hybrid courses, and co-creation of the Center for Socially Engaged Design promote an engineering culture that clearly values, teaches, and rewards creativity. As a result, a diverse group of students – including women and students of color -- feel connection and belonging within the field. This creative engineering culture fosters their engagement in engineering to solve important problems in the world. Dr. Daly is a tremendous role model who expands views of skills and careers in engineering, and promotes a more inclusive engagement for all students.

Bruna Menezes, PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering and President of the student club Movement of Underrepresented Sisters in Engineering and Science (MUSES)

From a staff mentor: Bruna Menendez has been an effective mentor and outstanding role model as the President of the Movement of Under-represented Sisters in Engineering and the Sciences (MUSES) as well as serving in many other student organizations. She has held her position as President since 2018. Her staunch, visionary approach has kept women focused on their academic paths and pushed them to kept moving toward their personal and professional goals. She does not view her service as a sacrifice. She views her service as a pleasure and a treasured responsibility. Her impact has included retention of students in a range of majors, forging of strong ties with peer-led organizations and the positioning of MUSES to prosper for the next twenty years.

Aspire, Advance, and Achieve Mentoring Award

Jessica Cote, PhD candidate in Neuroscience and Vice President of the Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization

From a mentor: Jessica Cote is always actively thinking about ways to improve the environment for graduate students. She identifies problems, figures out ways to improve things and implements potential solutions. She is extraordinarily conscientious, devoting a great deal of time to teaching her students research techniques and process, making certain they understand the science behind their projects, and career-advising. Her mentees have flourished, receiving competitive summer fellowships, desired research positions, co-authorship, high honors, and acceptances into highly competitive graduate programs.

Angela Violi, Professor of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering

From several of her students: Dr. Violi is not only an innovator in the combustion modeling field, but also a great mentor who gives her undergraduate and PhD students knowledge, insights, and directions. She shows tremendous care to her students and creates an atmosphere which always feels comfortable, welcomed, and inclusive.  While Dr. Violi’s range includes professor and scientist it also covers mentor and role model. She is a shining example of the best of us, demonstrating her dedication to students and education extends far outside the confines of lab and classroom, insofar as breaking down barriers for others like myself.

Claudia Jones Alexander Trailblazer Award

Brian Beckford, Research Scientist in Physics

From colleagues: Dr. Brian Beckford demonstrates exceptional dedication to mentoring and supporting students and young physicists. The efforts that Dr. Beckford has undertaken have been both through personal relationships with students as a mentor as well as through programs and other initiatives designed to support and mentor STEM students. He creates an open and welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds within the group and the department. For these students, the value of having a mentor who looks like them is extremely important as most undergraduate students in physics have never had a professor of color. It is clear that Dr. Beckford’s commitment to guiding these students on their paths to success has made a lasting impact.

2019 Winners

2019 Winners

Claudia Jones Alexander Trailblazer Award

  • Dr. Anne J McNeil (Chemistry and Macromolecular Science and Engineering)
  • Dr. Anouck Girard (Aerospace Engineering)

Aspire, Advance and Achieve Mentoring Award

  • Cynthia Giffen (Comprehensive Studies Program)
  • Darryl Koch (COE)
  • Jill Harland (Chemistry)
  • Teanna Sims (Civil Engineering)

Willie Hobbs Moore Achievement Award

  • Dr. Susan Montgomery (Chemical Engineering)
  • Nisha Pillai (Computer Science)

 

2018 Winners

2018 Winners

Claudia Jones Alexander Trailblazer Award

  • Dr. Sue Lepri (Climate and Space Sciences Engineering)
  • Dr. Allison Steiner (Climate and Space Sciences Engineering)

Aspire, Advance and Achieve Mentoring Award

  • Antara Afrin (Undergraduate Emergency Medicine and Transplant Surgery)
  • Dr. Joi Mondisa (Industrial and Operations Engineering)

Willie Hobbs Moore Achievement Award

  • Alvaro Malaga (Dentistry)
  • Aeriel Murphy (Materials Science and Engineering)
  • Amber Spears (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

More past winners coming soon!