The Society of Women Engineers Recognizes
President of Efficiency Engineers as Entrepreneur of the Year
Lehigh Valley, PA, October 2016 - The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has recognized Michele S. Stuart, PMP, President of Efficiency Engineers for her impact on the Society as well as the engineering community with the Entrepreneur of the Year award. Ms. Stuart will accept the award at SWE’s annual conference, WE 16, in Philadelphia, PA on October 28, 2016 during the formal awards banquet.
The Entrepreneur of the Year award recognizes a woman engineer who has demonstrated a conviction to dreams and a willingness to make them happen. Also, she is skilled in technical, business planning, administrative, and financial techniques, and excels in business leadership. Ms. Stuart knew that she had the right experience and capabilities to be seen as an expert and was willing to risk her own finances to launch a business. Innovation is key to entrepreneurship and she was way ahead of her time. Knowing that overhead is what can drive a firm’s profitability, she decided to set up EE as a virtual company – an almost unheard of concept in the mid 1990’s. Knowing that she would be unable to build the firm alone, she put together a team of experts and continues to use master’s level engineers as staff. Moreover, in her desire to expand the exposure of students to EE’s offerings, she has mentored over 85 interns since 1994 with 64% being female. Mentoring of the clients as well as her staff is a core expertise of Ms. Stuart and a key to her success.
“It is wonderful that SWE supports all who work to expand the access of STEM to girls and reinforces professionalism among women engineers. I am proud to be awarded this prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year honor and happy to share it with all my staff from over the years – Thanks for all your energy, intelligence and support!” said Michele S. Stuart, President, Efficiency Engineers.
The award also recognizes Ms. Stuart’s continuing dedication to SWE’s mission – striving to highlight the impact and importance of women in engineering across the globe, leading by example, and demonstrating that a career in engineering can be a fulfilling, rewarding pursuit for women of any background.
“The individuals acknowledged in this year’s awards program have made a significant impact on their community as well as the engineering and technology community as a whole,” said Jessica Rannow, president of SWE. “These leaders are who make it possible to remain a catalyst for change as we work together to empower women in STEM and close the gender gap in engineering.”