On Saturday, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science will hold its annual awards dinner, celebrating the achievements of students, faculty and alumni. In recognition of National Engineers Week, the school is offering a sneak peak at this year’s honorees. Today, in the final post of the week, we’re highlighting the 2017 UCLA Engineering Alumna of the Year.

Alumna of the Year

Joanne Maguire MS ’78

Joanne Maguire is the former Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, which she led for seven years before her retirement in 2013. She is a recognized leader in the aerospace industry and was the first woman to win the prestigious International von Kármán Wings Award (2010) for her visionary accomplishments in space technology. In 2009, she received the Society of Women Engineers’ Upward Mobility Award. She has been selected numerous times by Fortune magazine to its annual list of “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” Maguire earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in engineering from UCLA. She also completed the executive program in management at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and the Harvard Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security. Maguire was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011 and is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

2017 UCLA Engineering Award winners

Lifetime Contribution Award
Lawrence E. Tannas, Jr. ’59, MS ’61

Professional Achievement Awards
Alumni Professional Achievement Award
Portonovo Ayyaswamy PhD ’71

Rising Alumna Professional Achievement Award
Emily Guglielmo ’03

Faculty Awards
Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award
Daniel Kamei

Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award
Jonathan B. Hopkins

Watanabe Excellence in Research Award
Mona Jarrahi

University Service Award
Ajit Mal

Edward K. Rice Outstanding Student Awards
Outstanding Doctoral Student
Haik Kalantarian MS ’13, PhD ’16

Outstanding Master’s Student
Allison Yip ’14, MS ’16

Outstanding Bachelor’s Student
Michael Wu ’16