11th Annual AWIS-Chicago Innovator and Motivator Awards Reception

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Save the date! – November 2, 2017

The AWIS-Chicago Executive Board is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Innovator and Motivator Awards!

The 2017 AWIS-Chicago Innovator Award

Ramille Shah, Ph.D

Northwestern University


The 2017 AWIS-Chicago Motivator Award

Jini Ramprakash, MBA, M.Sc.

Argonne National Laboratory

Save the date! – November 2, 2017

Please join us in celebrating Ramille and Jini at our networking event, part of our 11th Annual Awards Reception on the evening of November 2.

Location: Salero, 621 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL60661

Time: 6 pm – 8.30 pm

Food/Passed Pintxos will be served. Cash bar.

Networking followed by talks from our two award winners.


The annual AWIS Chicago “Innovator Award” exemplifies AWIS Chicago’s commitment to recognizing women in the Chicagoland area who have provided innovative research contributions in science and engineering. Our Innovator award goes to a female scientist with innovative contributions to fields of science, technology, engineering, or math (research or non-research) The Motivator award is an individual (male or female) with demonstrated service, support, and mentorship of women in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Every year, we accept nominations for these awards from the public and present them at our yearly awards dinner. 

Our 2016 Innovator award winner was Dr. Yamuna Krishnan from University of Chicago. Our 2016 Motivator award winner was Dr. Miiri Kotchi from University of Illinois – Chicago.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at info@awis-chicago.org

What does my registration fee go towards?

The registration fee goes towards hors’ d’oeuvres, the organization of this event, and towards allowing AWIS Chicago to continue hosting events in the future. AWIS Chicago is a non-profit organization so every dollar counts! Thank you for your support!

What is the dress code for the event?

The dress code is business casual.

Public Transportation

CTA Pink and Green lines – Clinton stop

CTA Bus – 56 or 20

Ogilvie Transportation Center is two blocks from Salero

Questions? Email awis.chicago@gmail.com

2017 AWIS-Chicago Innovator:
Ramille Shah, Ph.D
Northwestern University

2017 AWIS-Chicago Motivator:
Jini Ramprakash, MBA, M.Sc.
Argonne National Laboratory