For Immediate Release: Sept. 7, 2011
By the Office of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va.—Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientist Dr. Virginia DeGiorgi was named one of the Top 10 Business Women list compiled by the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), the organization announced Sept. 7.
The ABWA Top Ten Business Women award nationally recognizes outstanding personal and professional achievements.
DeGiorgi’s achievement is due, in particular, to her world-renowned work and expertise in corrosion system modeling, conducted while on special assignment to the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Office of Innovation for the past decade.
She and her team are also credited with ongoing work that has the potential to dramatically change ship maintenance and significantly reduce its associated costs under ONR’s Maintenance Free Ship Technologies program.
“ABWA has played important parts in advancing my career,” DeGiorgi said. “The association has helped me to find my voice, learn the skills needed to develop my staff to become world-class researchers and instill confidence to take a more commanding leadership position in a technical community largely represented by men.”
Women are vastly underrepresented in the Navy and Marine Corps’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. This shortage is supported by data recently published in an August 2011 study by the U.S. Dept of Commerce on the gender gap in STEM jobs and academics.
“I also credit the Navy for its commitment to becoming a more diverse workforce,” DeGiorgi said. “This dedication has afforded me opportunities to realize my full professional potential.”
The ABWA was established in 1949 and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kan. According to the organization’s website, it has helped more than 500,000 businesswomen of diverse occupations, providing them with opportunities to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.
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