Posted Sep 27, 2013 @ 12:28 PM
EB principal engineer to receive 'Women in Science' leadership
The Connecticut Science Center on Friday announced Kimberly
McLean, principal engineer for Electric Boat, as the winner of its first Petit
Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award.
The new award was established as part of the Science Center’s Celebrating Women in Science
initiative and recognizes exceptional leadership in promoting participation and
interest of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the
Center’s Women in Science steering
committee selected McLean based on her
mentorship, encouraging hundreds of young women to explore science and
engineering through volunteer work with the Girl Scouts of Connecticut spanning
16 years, developing annual events and activities. She is also a founding member
of the Society for Women Engineers New England Shoreline Section.
“I am very excited and honored to be the first recipient of
this award,” said McLean. “STEM careers give
girls an opportunity to make a difference in their lives and make the world a
better place. It is important to me to encourage girls to pursue science and
engineering, just as I was encouraged by others many years ago.”
The award will be presented Saturday night at the Connecticut Science Center’s Green Gala. The award is part of
Center’s Celebrating Women
in Science initiative, a two year effort to raise the profile of women in the
sciences and encourage girls and young women to pursue studies and careers in
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The Green Gala event will feature tapas dining on every
floor, full bars and dancing. Tickets are $175 each and available on the
Center’s website at
http://www.CTScienceCenter.org/gala. Benefactor ticketholders ($250 each) are
invited to a pre-event President’s Champagne Reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
prior to the event. President’s Reception attendees will be joined by honored
guest Jared Cohen and receive a signed copy of his best-seller, The New Digital
Age. The Leadership Awards for Science Education and Women in Science will be
presented at 9:45 p.m..
"Ms. McLean represents the best in Connecticut in the STEM
fields. She is an excellent mentor and true teacher. Helping others learn
sciences creates a stronger and more vibrant society for all of us,” said Dr.
William Petit. “The Petit Family Foundation is honored to be associated with Ms.
McLean and the Connecticut Science Center."