We are pleased to announce the winners of Women In Aerospace Europe Grants and Awards 2022.
WIA-E GRANT WINNERS
Within the Grants & Awards programme, WIA-Europe provides Grants to cover attendance at aerospace workshops and conferences and is intended to support new and young colleagues with their first experiences in presenting a paper in an international context.
- Marie-Claire de Bruijn
Marie-Claire de Bruijn is a law student at the University of Cologne in Germany, where she enriched her enthusiasm in space law. She currently works as a Research Fellow at BHO legal, a technology law firm which is inter alia specialised in Air and Space Law and is based in Cologne. Marie-Claire aspires to contribute to an efficient, inclusive and sustainable future and meet diverse minds from all over the world. For these reasons, she now volunteers as a Coordination Manager at the World Space Week Association which promotes the World Space Week, an international celebration of science and technology and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. Additionally, she volunteers as a Business and Economy Lead at Domi Inter Astra, an Initiative under the Space Exploration Project Group of the Space Generation Advisory Council and winners of the Moon Design Challenge. She also wanted to meet and compete against other ambitious students when she took part in the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition in 2022. Here, her team was awarded with the Certificate for the Best Memorial in the Europe Rounds. Being also interested in engineering fields of the space sector, she progressively involves herself in this area as well as with the people active in corresponding fields. Marie-Claire co-authors the paper “A Universal Model on Space Policy: Framework for Emerging Nations in Space with Case Studies on India, Poland and Africa” which has been accepted for oral presentation at the upcoming IAC 2022 in Paris. Within this interactive presentation, Marie-Claire anticipates to meet gripping assessments.
- Yedida Jyothirmai
Yedida Jyorthirmai pursues her Masters in International Air Transport Operations Management, ENAC- Toulouse, currently working on UAVs as a Summer Intern at MENAPS, Toulouse. Growing up as a girl in a small village in India, Yedida was never exposed to aviation up close. Whenever she heard an airplane in the sky, she would always rush to her building’s terrace to watch the plane, which is how she fell in love with aviation. This growing passion for aviation made her move from a place where girls get married at a very young age and stop concentrating on their careers, to the heart of European Aviation -Toulouse. Yedida presented a paper at the International Conference on Research and Advance in Mechanical Engineering, which was later published in the conference proceedings on the topic of “Design and Analysis of Upstream Air Deflectors for Increasing Wind-Turbine Efficiency”. She has also co-authored a paper on Vibration Analysis of Functionally Graded Materials as a Rocket Nose Cone which she presented at the NCMDAO conference conducted by VSSC ISRO. Yedida is one of the founding members of the Aeromodelling Club at SASTRA (ACS), a Core member of the school of mechanical’s Tech fest organizers Sakshma19, and an organizer of south India’s biggest tech fest, Daksh19. Along with becoming a leader in the aerospace domain, Yedida wants to become a beacon for every single girl to show them the path to pursuing their dreams and achieving their goals.
WIA-EUROPE AWARD WINNERS
The WIA-Europe Student & Young Professional Award in the amount of €1,000 is presented to students or young professionals based on their essay.
- Katharina Siems
- Dr. Olivia Borgue