Three awards were given at the 2023 IEEE Military Communications Conference to engineering students from four universities

BOSTON–– The National Spectrum Consortium awarded its second annual Women in Spectrum Scholarship to three engineering students from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, and University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez today at the 2023 IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM).

The Women in Spectrum Scholarship promotes the academic accomplishments of female students studying engineering degrees at U.S. ABET-accredited universities. The winners are:

  • Kaitlyn Graves, PhD in Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Valentina Ramirez, Undergraduate Student in Electrical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
  • Jacqueline Malayter, PhD Candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

“The NSC is proud to continue this scholarship program as a means to support female engineers who are committed to academic excellence and leadership on their campus,” said NSC Executive Committee Member Dr. Sheryl Genco. “The spectrum industry needs more diverse voices, and providing support for women at the beginning of their academic careers is essential in strengthening the pipeline to eventual professional careers. This scholarship will remain as a core part of NSC’s mission for years to come.”

In recent years, the technology ecosystem has promoted women in technology with an emphasis on mentoring early-career women, and these three women exemplify the best that the current generation of electrical engineers has to offer. They are continuing the tradition of female innovators and leaders who have been at the forefront of advocacy for decades.

Each recipient received a $1,500 scholarship prize from NSC and a travel stipend to attend this year’s MILCOM conference. Scholarship applications were reviewed by NSC Executive Committee members Dr. Sheryl Genco, Prof Erik Perrins, Abir Ray and NSC Executive Director Joe Kochan.


About the National Spectrum Consortium

The NSC’s mission is to build bridges between key stakeholder groups – government and industry; industry stalwarts and startups; and civilian and military suppliers and users – to deliver two essential outcomes: breakthroughs in spectrum- and spectrum-using capabilities; and policy and regulatory insights to enhance, inform and sustain U.S. technical leadership. For more information, visit


Danielle Leopold-Bogage