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The Society of Women Engineers Honors Katy Weidenfeller with the Distinguished New Engineer Award.

CHICAGO -- Katy Weidenfeller recognized at SWE's annual conference for demonstrating outstanding technical performance in the first 10 years of her engineering career

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) today announced Katy Weidenfeller one of the recipients of the 2005 Distinguished New Engineer Award for outstanding contributions to the energy industry as well as providing dedication and leadership to promote the mission of the Society of Women Engineers.

Katy Weidenfeller is an Engineering Associate for ExxonMobil Corporation. In this position, Weidenfeller works on advanced separations technology and global energy efficiency improvements. Previously, she served as a global supply analyst, analyzing operating expenses and earnings and detailing profit and loss analysis for a portion of ExxonMobil's international crude sales. In this position, Weidenfeller served as a link between the controllers' organization and the business line, utilizing her technical knowledge and familiarity with the business to bring greater depth to the analysis of financial results.

During her eight-year career at ExxonMobil, Weidenfeller has also served in various capacities within the company. For four years Weidenfeller worked in the technical services department of the Baytown Refinery where she was responsible for maintenance engineering and support of operating units as mechanical contact engineers, and for two years in the mechanical engineering section.

"Katy Weidenfeller has increased her technical expertise through ambition," says Ronna Robertson, president of the Society of Women Engineers. "The engineering industry succeeds when people like Katy excel so early on in their careers."

In addition to her day-to-day responsibilities, Weidenfeller has served on ExxonMobil's Women's Interest Network (WIN) Leadership Team since 2001. As a member of WIN, Weidenfeller has been instrumental in the formation and growth of the organization. She served as vice president in 2003 and was president in 2004. Weidenfeller has worked with the rest of the leadership to develop and implement programs directed at WIN's mission: To facilitate the career growth and advancement of all women at ExxonMobil. Some of those programs include quarterly presentations by senior management, a mentoring program, a communications program, and a working mothers program. In addition, Weidenfeller has helped foster the formation of new women's groups at other locations, and has served as the liaison between WIN and The Black Employee Success Team (BEST) and the Global Organization for the Advancement of Latinos (GOAL).

Weidenfeller has been active in SWE since college. She was very instrumental in revitalizing the SWE Rice Section and served as the section president for one year. She also served on the National Conference Arrangements Committee for the Houston Conference. She is involved with the Baltimore-Washington Section, having served as president for two years, and currently serves on the National Membership Committee as the Region E membership coordinator.

"Katy has been an outstanding asset to ExxonMobil in her various job roles with the company, along with being a key change agent and excellent leader of the WIN group," says Hal Cramer, president, ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Company. "Katy has also been very active in the local community, positively reflecting on herself and the Corporation."

Weidenfeller earned her B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University.

The Distinguished New Engineer Award honors women engineers who have been actively engaged in engineering, demonstrated outstanding technical performance, and have had no more than 10 years of cumulative engineering experience as of December 31 of the past year. Each advanced engineering degree obtained on a full-time basis counts as one year of experience. Periods of unemployment are omitted from the 10 years.

The Distinguished New Engineer Award will be formally presented Friday night, November 4, 2005, at SWE's National Conference Awards Banquet in Anaheim, Calif. The National Conference, "Women Engineers Leading Global Diversity," is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center, November 3-5, Anaheim. The more than 3,000 attendees include professionals from every discipline of the engineering profession and a large number of engineering students and educators. The 2006 Conference is scheduled for October 11-14 in Kansas City, Mo.

About SWE

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and receive the recognition and credit for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. For more information about the Society please visit www.swe.org or call (312) 596-5223.
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