Wheeland recognized as SWE 2020 New Emerging Leader in Technology, Engineering



Dr. Sara Wheeland (left) was honored with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) 2020 WE Local New Emerging Leader in Technology & Engineering (ELiTE) Award at the WE Local Conference in San Diego, Feb. 1, 2020.


The professional award recognizes superb technical acumen, multiple work and community achievements, and continuous growing engineering experience. The competitive award is given annually to only 15 SWE members (across the Society of 45,000+ members).
Wheeland received the award for demonstrating outstanding technical performance, as well as leadership in SWE and the community, in the first ten years of her career. The award also recognized her continuing dedication to SWE’s mission – empowering women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expanding the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrating the value of diversity and inclusion. 
Wheeland is active in all levels of the SWE organization, from serving on the nominations committee of the local section, to leadership in the K-12 Outreach Committee at the national society level.  
With a background combining electromagnetics and materials, Wheeland led an internal NIWC Pacific effort investigating mechanical control of electromagnetic effects and wave dynamics.  She serves as the Project Manager of the Fixed Submarine Broadcast Systems Antennas project and currently manages the Materials Integrity Lab, which investigates anti-corrosion, harsh environment, optical and electro-mechanical materials and devices with specific focus on concrete and high-voltage material longevity/sustainment research. This work helps ensure worldwide 24/7 connectivity to submarines.  She particularly enjoys her work with atmospheric and wave propagation analysis as well as antenna system simulation and analysis.  STEM outreach is a passion of hers, encouraging young women to pursue careers in STEM through conference talks, workshops, and events such as Science Olympiad. 
By Patric Petrie, lead staff writer

 
For more information, please contact Patric Petrie in the NIWC Pacific Public Affairs Office at (619) 553-4395 or email Arlene.petrie@navy.mil.
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