NCWIT Pioneer Award
The NCWIT Pioneer Award recognizes technical women whose lifetime contributions have significantly impacted the landscape of technological innovation, amplifying the importance of capitalizing on the diverse perspectives that girls and women can bring to the table. Pioneer Award recipients also serve as role models whose legacies continue to inspire generations of young women to pursue computing and make history in their own right.
The 2015 winners of the NCWIT Pioneer Award are Dr. Christine Darden and Katherine Johnson. They will both be honored at the 2015 NCWIT Summit on May 19, 2015.
The 2014 winner of the NCWIT Pioneer Award was IBM's Eleanor Kolchin who received a scrapbook of commemorative artwork at the 2014 NCWIT Summit, created by recipients of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.
Past Pioneer Award winners include Computer Scientist and Programmer Jean E. Sammet who is best-known for her work on FORMAC, as well as Mathematicians Patricia Palombo and Lucy Simon Rakov who worked on NASA's Project Mercury at a time when computing was in its infancy.