AeroAstro alumna Deena Disraelly to receive Society of Women Engineers Award

Deena Disraelly honored for technical accomplishments and service to the engineering community.
Deena Disraelly honored for technical accomplishments and service to the engineering community.
September 26, 2018

Deena Disraelly, a research staff member in the Institute for Defense Analyses’ Strategy, Forces and Resources Division, and an MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics alumna (SB ’96), has been named a recipient of the 2018 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Prism Award in recognition of her leadership and contributions to the engineering community.

“SWE’s Prism Award recognizes women that have not only excelled technically, but also have made significant contributions to the engineering and larger STEM community,” says Alexis McKittrick, SWE Board of Directors secretary. “Deena stands out for her outstanding and consistent technical accomplishments and service to the engineering community. I can think of no one more deserving of the Prism Award.”

The award also recognizes Disraelly’s continuing dedication to SWE’s mission – striving to highlight the importance of women in engineering across the globe, leading by example, and demonstrating that a career in engineering can be a fulfilling, rewarding pursuit for women of any background.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to be named among this year’s distinguished SWE award recipients,” says Disraelly. “I am grateful for the opportunities that Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The George Washington University, the U.S. Navy, and the Institute for Defense Analyses have helped me pursue in engineering-related fields, service to our men and women in uniform, and service in the Alexandria community.”

In addition to SWE, Disraelly is a member of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps, the Military Operations Research Society, Casa Chirilagua, and ASIS International where she is the Global Terrorism, Political Instability, and International Crime Council Co-Chair.

Subsequent to receiving her bachelor’s degree, Disraelly earned masters’ degrees in technology and policy, and in logistics from MIT’s Engineering Systems Division (’04), and a doctorate in systems engineering and engineering management from The George Washington University where she is an adjunct faculty member.