AFRL Sensors Directorate senior security research engineer wins Women in Engineering Award

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  • By Zach Tateman
  • Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Felicia Harlow, an Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate senior security research engineer, was selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Dayton Section to receive the 2020 IEEE Dayton Section Women in Engineering (WIE) Award.

The IEEE is an organization that strives to advance technology. Within the IEEE, the Women in Engineering work to promote women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, and inspire young girls to pursue careers in these areas.

Harlow, who has been volunteering with the organization since 2007, was recognized for her contributions to IEEE at both the local and regional level. Some of her most notable achievements were founding the Women in Engineering affinity group in the Dayton Section of IEEE in 2015, as well as planning and organizing a STEM workshop for the 2019 WIE Forum USA East.

“This group is about empowering women,” said Harlow. “It’s about women recognizing their talents and maximizing their capabilities to further their careers in science and engineering.”


A successful engineer herself, Harlow has been with AFRL since 2005, and the Sensors Directorate since 2007. She was nominated for the award by Neeraj Pujara, AFRL Sensors Directorate Integration and Operations Division Chief.

“Felicia has always set a great example here,” said Pujara. “It’s good to know that our own AFRL employees are out there working to shape the future generation of scientists and engineers.”

Two other AFRL Sensors Directorate members were also recognized by the IEEE Dayton Section. Dr. Muralidhar Rangaswamy, Multispectral Sensing & Detection Division Technical Lead for Radar Sensing, received the Fritz Russ Award and Christopher Bozada, Aerospace Component & Subsystems Technical Advisor, received the Harrel V. Noble Award.