2021 Scholarship Recipients
Cranfield University, UK
Master of Science, Aerospace Vehicle Design
Léane fell in love with aviation at 15, when her uncle took her flying. "Since that day, every time I have heard or seen an airplane in the sky, I rediscover this world." One of her proudest achievements is becoming president of the aeronautics student association, so she could transmit her passion to others. "I like to transmit to others, especially young girls, because I really think that girls miss representation in aeronautics during childhood. That is what I love in the International Aviation Women’s Association. They represent the aeronautics of tomorrow and allow women to gather from all over the world to share their passion. By connecting women together, we inspire new vocations and change the place of women in aerospace industry."
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands
Leanne van Dam
Leanne is currently pursuing her MSc Aerospace Engineering in the track 'Control & Simulation' and the MSc honours programme. Many know her as the first female president of study association VSV Leonarda da Vinci (Sept. 2019 to Sept. 2020). After her studies, Leanne aspires to a career as a helicopter pilot in the Air Force. Leanne is a well-rounded student with many interests, and her demonstrated leadership skills strongly resonate with IAWA‘s commitment to Connect, Inspire and Lead. Leanne is looking forward to building a network with inspiring female leaders in the aviation industry. "I want to be a role model who inspires young engineers to live their dreams. Being a member of the global IAWA network helps me do that."
Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC), France
Master of Science, International Air Transport Operations Management
Since early childhood, Maedeh has been eager to learn about aircraft, and is now focused on aircraft design and operation, as well as machine learning and its use in complex transportation systems. She is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and is active in their annual aircraft design competitions. "Having a sense of belonging to a supportive community like IAWA and growing among strong women will play a remarkable role in my academic and professional future. As a motivated and confident woman, all I need is an opportunity to show my performance in the aviation world. For me, there is no space for excuses. I want to get the job I love and being a part of IAWA would give me this chance."
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), USA
McGill University, Canada
Southern Methodist University, USA
Taylor is a first generation college graduate, and credits her mother's selflessness and guidance for her academic success. She pays it forward as a mentor in the Academic Success Program, helping other students who are struggling with the changes law school brings. "Being able to contribute to this group is easily my biggest achievement in law school." Taylor served as a staff editor on the SMU Law Review Association and as an editor for the Journal of Air and Commerce. "It sparked my interest in aviation. I love how uniquely global this area of law is. I love combining my interests of environmental justice and aviation. Working on the journal in law review has drawn me to seek out how transactional work and the aviation industry can work together in my career.
Swinburne University, Australia
Bachelor of Aviation
A chance encounter in Grade 10 led Caitlin to pursue a career in aviation. "In 2016, whilst at high school in Vancouver BC, I attended a talk by a female first officer with Air Canada. She spoke about her career and how she was currently flying 787s between Toronto, Vancouver, and Brisbane. That was my aha moment and from there I was inspired to pursue a career in aviation. It took just one strong, motivated, enthusiastic female pilot to spark my interest in pursuing this career. I hope I can be that one person in someone else’s future!" Caitlin is dedicated to volunteerism, and received the Earl Beaumont Citizenship award. "This has been one of my proudest achievements to date. Being able to help others and doing my small part is a particularly satisfying experience."