YWCA Greater Cleveland

Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award

The Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award recognizes an outstanding female sophomore or junior student who is majoring in a science, engineering or technology-related discipline, including life sciences and pre-med. Full-time students are nominated by staff and faculty at their university; recipients must demonstrate academic performance overall and within one of the designated majors; leadership experiences and on-campus activities; and off-campus volunteer and community service. The $1,500 award was created through the generosity of Dr. Hwang, a recipient of the 2000 Women of Achievement Award.

The 2016 Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Scholarship Award winner is Allison Matia, a junior at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Allison Matia

Allison Matia is a junior at Baldwin Wallace University with an impressive 3.8 GPA in her Neuroscience major and Psychology minor. When she isn’t conducting her own impressive research, Allison serves as a research assistant to faculty members, tutors students in upper-level neuroscience courses, is President of STAND: for Human Rights, established BW’s first Fair Trade market, volunteers, and is a member of the BW Women’s Chorus.

A member of six academic honors societies, Allison is hard at work on an undergraduate neuroscience thesis that builds off research she began in the summer of 2015; pursuing her interests in evolutionary psychology and our chemical senses, she examined taste perception differences in rats based on their sex. She has worked closely with women professors at Baldwin Wallace, and aspires to pursue her own Ph. D. in biomedical science.

YWCA Greater Cleveland is thrilled to honor Allison with the Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award, and wishes her the very best for her future plans.


About Dr. Hwang

Dr. Jennie Hwang's lustrous career is highlighted by numerous national and international awards and honors. Among them are the only woman from Ohio inducted into the National Academy of Engineering and the only from Ohio inducted into International Hall of Fame – Women in Technology and distinguished alumni awards, She was also inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame; received honorary doctoral degree; named R&D Stars-to-Watch by the Industry Week; and featured in the inaugural volume of the book: “Road to Scientific Success - Inspiring Life Stories of Prominent Researchers”, published by World Scientific Publications.

An  international businesswoman, worldwide speaker, prolific author, corporate director, university trustee and community leader, Dr. Hwang's work spans both corporate America and entrepreneurial businesses, having held senior executive positions with Lockheed Martin Corp., SCM Corp., International Electronic Materials Corp. and currently CEO of H-Technologies Group.

In her 35+ years career, she has contributed to three arenas - business, technology and academia. She has served on various national committees/boards including National Materials and Manufacturing Board, Laboratory Assessment Board. She chairs the Panel on the Assessment of National Laboratories (U.S. Army Research Laboratory, National Institute of Standard and Technology).  Dr Hwang is specially credited in bridging the gap between technology and marketplace and in bringing innovations to commercialization. Dr. Hwang also serves on corporate, civic and government boards including her appointments to the Board on Army Science & Technology and the Assessment Board of National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). She is currently the Chair of Assessment Board of Army Research Laboratory of the Department of Defense.

Dr. Hwang has keynoted and lectured at numerous national and international events ranging from university commencement addresses to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tutorials to Federal Women’s Programs. She has authored 400+ publications, including being the sole-author of several internationally used books and an invited columnist for the Global Solar Technology magazine. She is also a prolific author and speaker on education, diversity, workforce, trade and business issues, and an editorial contributor for Financial Times –Agenda on corporate governance issues. Additionally she serves on the Board of NYSE-traded and Toronto Stock Exchange-listed companies.

Her formal education includes Harvard Business School Executive Program, Columbia Business Corporate Directors Program, and four academic degrees (Ph.D. in Engineering and two M.S. degrees and B.S. in Sciences.)  Further info: www.JennieHwang.com


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