An IEEE Fellow is an honored grade granted by the IEEE Board of Directors to a Senior Member of the IEEE whose accomplishments have contributed to the “advancement or application of engineering, science and technology, bringing the realization of significant value to society”.
According to the IEEE, “the 27 women named IEEE Fellow this year mark the highest number of women elevated to this prestigious membership grade in a single year since IEEE was established.”
How cool is that?! And better yet, four of them are inventors!
To put this in perspective, only one woman was granted the status of IEEE Fellow in 1962, the first year a woman with that honor was listed. In fact, annual listings of women who’ve achieved the honor have only been consistent since 1989 – there were many years between ’62 and ’89 when women didn’t make Fellow. Last year, 18 women joined the ranks of IEEE Fellows, so 27 is quite an impressive number!
Check out Kathy Kowalenko’s article here. (I believe you can read the content on that link even if you’re not a member. If you can’t, drop me a line and I’ll try to post it some other way.) And be sure to check out some of the other amazing content the ieee.org site has to offer.