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SMC Member is Nominated for Women’s History Month STEM Award

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE -- Ms. Roberta Ewart, Space and Missile Systems Center chief scientist at SMC's Development Planning Wing, recently won the Air Force Space Command's 2008 Department of Defense Women's History Month Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Role Model Award and was selected as one of the nominees representing AFSPC at the Air Force-level. 

According to the award's description, "STEM recognizes DoD military and civilian personnel who have distinguished themselves in support of the DoD mission, global war on terrorism, or whose activities best epitomize the core values of their respective military service or organization." The award covers the timeframe from March 2006 to February 2008. 

The citation accompanying her award reads in part, "Ms. Ewart expertly led a team of 50 highly skilled operators, engineers and acquirers to develop an analytically rigorous architecting and engineering process for the 20-year, $20-billion dollar counterspace mission area. ... Her visionary pursuit delivered decision tools for space modernization and provided Air Force Space Command the best mix of systems for ensuring space supremacy. ... She aligned key disadvantaged and women-owned efforts within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Air Force Research Labs and the Small Business Innovative Research Program towards successfully meeting the needs of the future space warfighter ..." 

"I am very grateful for the excellent teachers and professors who guided and helped me along the way," said Ms. Ewart. "To them I owe this STEM honor. In addition, the United States Air Force offers great opportunities to both its military and civilian personnel, and I am proud to continue to serve in the Department of Defense." 

Ms. Ewart is a distinguished graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., with a major in physics. Her degrees include a master's degree in Theoretical Physics and Philosophy of Science from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, Air Force's first-ever Marshall Scholarship; a master's degree in Electrical Engineering (focusing on electro-optics and satellite design) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.; and a Degree of Engineering in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. Ms. Ewart also holds certificates as Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level 3 Program Manager and also for Systems Planning, Research and Development. 

As an Air Force officer, her assignments included the National Aeronautics and Space Administration where she served on flight control teams for space shuttle missions; a mission controller the first Satellite Control Squadron, Falcon Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo.; an instructor for the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corp at Ohio State University (as a captain) and one of the three female instructors hand-picked to address women recruiting and graduation shortfall at large AFROTC detachments; and Air Force Research laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M., designing and building high power lasers and laser communications systems. 

As a lieutenant colonel, Ms. Ewart came to Los Angeles AFB in 2000 as chief engineer with the SMC Developmental Planning Wing. In 2006, she was selected as SMC's principal scientific authority to advance the knowledge of emerging technologies for the improvement of Air Force space capabilities. 

Ms. Ewart earned the AFROTC North East Region National Leo Codd Teaching Award and was twice a regional finalist for the White House Fellowship Program. 

Since reporting to Los Angeles AFB, her awards include the 2003 AFSPC John J. Welch Award for Science and Technology Management; the Air Force Association's 2006 Los Angeles AFB General Schriever Chapter's award for Senior Officer Excellence in Leadership; and the 2006 Military Operations Research Society David Rist Prize team runner-up honors.