STEM Scholarship Awards Ceremony – June 15, 2023


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Since 2013, WIDSC has awarded over $75,000 in scholarships to women in Brevard County who have an interest in careers supporting all aspects of national security and defense. See more about STEM Scholarships.

More about our Featured Speaker…
Krista Dawson, PMP, is the Executive Director of Engineering Services with Axient‘s Civil Air and Space Segment. In this role, Krista provides program management support for multiple NASA and NOAA contracts at Goddard, Wallops, Johnson, and Armstrong Flight Research Center. She practices operational problem-solving for process improvement and efficiencies in support of Axient’s corporate development and strategic growth, as well as mentoring for students obtaining STEM degrees. Prior to this position with Axient, Krista worked in intelligent transportation systems for Roadway, in addition to electrical design and systems engineering for Exploration Ground Systems at Kennedy Space Center.
Krista earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of North Florida and her Master’s of Science in Industrial Engineering/Engineering Management at the University of Florida. She is a member of the National Space Club, Project Management Institute, and Women in Defense Space Coast Chapter. She also lends support to her local community as a volunteer with events such as Cocoa Beach Operation Surf, Surfers for Autism, beach clean-ups, and Space Coast Little League. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with family and friends, especially fishing with her husband and son.
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