Priya Chawla

Engineer

Northrop Grumman Co.

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As an alumna of the ACCEND program, Priya graduated with a simultaneous B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from the College of Engineering and Applied Science from the University of Cincinnati (UC).

In 2014, she launched Association for Computing Machinery––Committee on Women chapter (ACM-W at UC). In two short years under Chawla’s leadership, the UC ACM-W group garnered attention, and funding, from local and outside supporters, notably Microsoft and Google. As a result her chapter received the ACM Excellence Award for Outstanding Community Service, enhancing her college’s diversity and encouraging other women to take leadership positions in the organization.

Priya has received the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence (PLME), C-ring Award, Annie Fitzgerald Award and James Rankin Award to recognize her service to others and looks forward to grow and foster other ACM-W chapters across the nation as a Council Member.

Priya is now an engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation and is part of the Future Technical Leaders program, where only 25 spots are offered across the nation. As part of the program, she launched a sector-wide initiative this year called “eNGirls” (engineering girls) to help motivate high school girls to learn about the defense field and to increase diversity in the engineering talent pipeline.

As a recently appointed Council Member of the Association for Computing Machinery — Committee on Women (ACM-W), Priya looks forward to continue to shape and drive equal opportunities for women in engineering across the nation.