Dear SHPE PSC members,[This is a message from our colleague Bill Fishburn, who] was President of the UW Student Chapter in 1993. Anita Abrego was a good friend and classmate. I hope you all will consider contributing to her memorial fund at UW to help future Latinas in engineering.
Anita Abrego Memorial Fund
Anita graduated from the University of Washington in 1994, though she was a member of the 1993 class of the Aeronautics and Astronautics (UWAA) Engineering program. A strong advocate for underrepresented populations, Anita was active at the UW in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).
She was a highly-recognized and awarded research scientist in the field of rotor blade dynamics. She managed wind tunnel test programs for NASA, for the U.S. Army, and for the U.S Navy, including the Tiltrotor Descent Aerodynamics test program during the development of the U.S. Navy V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor.
To honor her memory, two of her classmates from UWAA ‘93 have started a memorial student endowment fund at the University of Washington. It will target women pursuing engineering degrees, and it will be weighted toward awarding women of Native American and/or Latina descent. With a goal of making the fund a perpetual scholarship, we must raise $100,000 by January of 2018. We are asking everyone for their help with any and all sizes of contributions. We would like to remind contributors that many companies have matching programs, so if you are able to contribute, please pursue this with your employer.
You can contribute to the fund at https://www.washington.edu/giving/make-a-gift/?page=funds&source_typ=2&source=EDP. From there, search for ‘Anita Abrego Endowed’. For questions, please contact Bill Fishburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or Juan Carlos Varela at email@example.com . Thank you for your support and contributions.