Zonta has been advancing professioanl womens networks for over 90 yeaas currently linking in over 30000 active members
in over 1000 clubs. It also runs the amela earhart fellwship awarded to over 1000 women taking doctorates in aerospace - Amelai
in her timebeing a Zonta.
Here are some quotes of Amelia Earhart http://www.ameliaearhart.com/about/quotes.html
Quotes by Amelia Earhart
"After midnight the moon set and I was alone with the stars. I
have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty, and I need no other flight to convince me that the reason flyers
fly, whether they know it or not, is the esthetic appeal of flying."
"Anticipation, I suppose, sometimes exceeds
"Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price."
much more than a month ago I was on the other shore of the Pacific, looking westward. This evening, I looked eastward over
the Pacific. In those fast-moving days which have intervened, the whole width of the world has passed behind us -except this
broad ocean. I shall be glad when we have the hazards of its navigation behind us." -- Amelia Earhart, several days before
she left for Howland Island and disappeared
"...decide...whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If
it is, stop worrying...."
"I lay no claim to advancing scientific data other than advancing flying knowledge.
I can only say that I do it because I want to."
"Worry retards reaction and makes clear-cut decisions impossible."
field was wet, the lane was wet and the spirits of my mechanic and helper were damp."
"The stars seemed near
enough to touch and never before have I seen so many. I always believed the lure of flying is the lure of beauty, but I was
sure of it that night."
"Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense."
most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything
you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward."
ambition is to have this wonderful gift produce practical results for the future of commercial flying and for the women who
may want to fly tomorrow's planes."
"One of my favorite phobias is that girls, especially those whose tastes
aren't routine, often don't get a fair break... It has come down through the generations, an inheritance of age-old customs
which produced the corollary that women are bred to timidity."
"Preparation, I have often said, is rightly
two-thirds of any venture."
"The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune."
"It is far easier to start something than it is to finish it."
"Anticipation, I suppose, sometimes exceeds
"Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace, The soul that knows it not, knows
no release from little things."
"The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the
more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship."
soul's dominion? Each time we make a choice, we pay with courage to behold restless day and count it fair."
must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others."
must pay for everything.... They do get more glory than men for comparable feats. But, also, women get more notoriety when
"...now and then women should do for themselves what men have already done - occasionally what
men have not done--thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence
of thought and action. Some such consideration was a contributing reason for my wanting to do what I so much wanted to do."
my life I had come to realize that when things were going very well indeed it was just the time to anticipate trouble. And,
conversely, I learned from pleasant experience that at the most despairing crisis, when all looked sour beyond words, some
delightful "break" was apt to lurk just around the corner."
"Never interrupt someone doing something
you said couldn't be done."
"No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good
example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.
The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves."
"Adventure is worthwhile
"Never do things others can do and will do, if there are things others cannot do or will not do."
more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental
things like home, and love, and understanding companionship."
"The most effective way to do it, is to do it."
about Amelia Earhart
"Being men and being engaged in a highly essential phase of the serious business of air transportation,
they [airline mechanics] all naturally had preconceived notions about a woman pilot bent on a 'stunt' flight - not very favorable
notions either. It was, undoubtedly, something of a shock to discover that the 'gal' with whom they had to deal not only was
an exceptionally pleasant human being who 'knew her stuff,' but that she knew exactly what she wanted done, and had sense
enough to let them alone while they did it. There was an almost audible clatter of chips falling off skeptical masculine shoulders."
-- C.B. Allen, New York Herald Tribune
"Amelia is a grand person for such a trip. She is the only woman flyer
I would care to make such an expedition with. Because in addition to being a fine companion and pilot, she can take hardship
as well as a man-and work like one."
-- Fred Noonan, Amelia's navigator for the around-the-world flight
Earhart came perhaps before her time,...the smiling, confident, capable, yet compassionate human being, is one of which we
can all be proud."
-- Walter J. Boyne
2012 us winners of amelia earhart fellowship
Two women in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics have been honored as recipients of
the prestigious Amelia Earhart Fellowship. Sonia Hernandez and Divya Thakur were honored at a ceremony at the AT&T Executive
Conference Center at The University of Texas at Austin on October 27, 2012.
The Amelia Earhart
fellowship was established in 1983 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart The fellowship of $10,000 is awarded
annually to women pursuing doctoral degrees in aerospace related fields. It is awarded to 35 fellows around the globe each
year and is given by the Zonta Foundation, a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance
the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Sonia Hernandez is a two-time recipient of the Amelia Earhart Fellowship, winning it consecutively in 2011 and 2012.
Her pursuit of success has taken her a long way from home. Growing up in Madrid, Spain, she knew she wanted to come to the
United States to complete her education. After attending college for two years in Spain, she transferred to St. Louis University.
She graduated in 2007 with a BS in aerospace engineering before attending the University of Maryland for her master’s
“As I was finishing my master’s at Maryland, I knew my passion was focused
on space research,” Hernandez said. “Apart from the fact that I fell in love with Austin when I came to visit,
UT has one of the best programs in the country, so I decided I wanted to come here for my PhD to work with Dr. Cesar Ocampo.”
Since then she has transitioned to work with Dr. Maruthi Akella, who is now her PhD advisor.
“The professors in the ASE department at UT
have such a deep understanding of their respective fields, and that enables the students to take that knowledge and run with
it. I know am particularly indebted to both Dr. Ocampo and Dr. Akella for the knowledge they have imparted on me.”
Hernandez’s research is focused on spacecraft trajectory design. She is currently working on a project that
designs trajectories to near-earth asteroids. There are thousands of asteroids orbiting the sun, some of which are relatively
close to Earth. One fear is that one or more of these asteroids could crash into Earth. Hernandez is researching an effective
method to deflect the asteroids away from our planet in hopes of preventing a mass catastrophe in the near future.
In addition to research, Hernandez’s passion is teaching. She is teaching physics this semester and also volunteers
with Austin Partners in Education, tutoring low-income students who are struggling with math.
the summers, Hernandez works in a co-op position at NASA. After graduating in spring 2014, she plans to return to NASA to
work full time to gain industrial experience. Ultimately, she plans to return to academia to teach and do research.
Divya Thakur has spent the last ten years on the forty acres – both
as an undergraduate and graduate student, receiving her BS and MS in aerospace engineering. She is currently pursuing a PhD
in the same field and credits UT and the ASE/EM department with shaping her into who she is today.
has worked on a variety of research projects during her time at UT. As an undergraduate, she spent two years working as a
research assistant at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).
“TACC helped in shaping
my undergraduate career,” Thakur said. “It gave me a lot of research experience and helped push me in the direction
of graduate school. The people are great and have supported me in my education.”
began pursuing her master’s degree, she worked with Dr. Belinda Marchand on developing optimal drug therapies for the
management of acute HIV infection.
“That was a very interesting project because it was different
from the typical aerospace problem,” Thakur said. “Yet the tools I was using all originated from the aerospace
Thakur is working towards her PhD under the direction of Dr. Maruthi Akella. Her current research focuses on cooperative control – fleets of multiple autonomous vehicles that work
in a coordinated manner to complete a task that is too difficult or too expensive to do with a single larger vehicle.
“One of the biggest benefits of replacing a large spacecraft with a multiple vehicle system is that you get
better performance efficiency and build robustness into your mission,” Thakur said. “When you work with one vehicle,
if it fails, the mission is over. But if one vehicle fails when you are using multiple vehicles, your mission can continue.”
Thakur plans to graduate in December 2013. During her time at UT, she found her passion
for teaching and plans to return to that after graduation.
“When I started grad school,
I was really inspired by the teaching element of academia,” Thakur said. “Because I’ve been a teaching assistant
for so long, I have realized how gratifying teaching is. But I also enjoy research, so I’m keeping my options open.”
Caused by 9/11, it wasn't until the age of 50 that I treated my self to spending time seriously studying Gandhi including
the 2004 opportunity to exchange views on global reconciliation with 1000 Gandhians at the Indira Gandhi National Cultural
Centre in Delhi where i presented my white paper on the coming wars between goodwill and badwill networks. These are the findings
that had most interpersonal meaning to me from studying Gandhi.
1)I was surprised that probably the greatest modern
archivist of Gandhi leads with the saying gandhi behaved more like a woman than any male leader. I have worked in the East
for much of my life- and in the 20th C it has usually been quite a cultural taboo to say a male leader has adopted
female values. I now start to see how urgently that needs to change while at the same time feeling the older i get the less
I understand why so many men with decision-making global power seem to misvalue cultures - and put us all at risk by so doing.
2) i hadn't previously realised that Gandhi was half way through his life when he became a change activist
nor the context. He had found litle work in India so had moved to South Africa where he was hired to try to prevent what became
apartheid law. One night his aha moment came from being thrown off a fisrt class carraige of a train for having the worng
colored skin. He decided his profession - as a barrister of Empire Law that he had studied at the bar of London - was the
problem - especially for peoples back in India. He launched his whole life towards changing that with a plan that began with
designing a whole new educational system. In this his greatest experienced helper became Maria Montessori.
I hadnt realised that my maternal grandfather's main contributions in life came from quarter of a century of interaction with
Gandhi as a fellow barrister. My grandad's transformation over this time began with being Mumbai's judge most responsible
for jailing Gandhi and ended with helping write up the legalese of India's Independence. I have started to see how much of
history we force our children to study at school is most written up by powerful men. Studying your own family tree is
an exciting way to retell history from a real human perspective, and perhaps one that especially values female and communal
insights. Almost every family tree has some deep cultural context to explore through which you may be able to help reconcile
the great cross-cultural conflicts that the 2010s will need to do if we are to productively linkin to each other's global villages
. Americans (as a newer continet of people than most) will, if they would only study their family trees, find many
extraordinary cross-cultural pathways got them to where they are today, and the curiosity they need to get to truly innovative
spaces of tomorrow.
As things turned out, my own passage to India turned out to be a steapping stone to Bangladesh
where 8 trips have since introduced me to the 15 milion greatest heroines I will ever meet. The way to introduce yourself
is to get deeply contextual in undestanding how Grameen
evolved. So I think it is worthwhile closing thos post by citing the Gandhi Prize's evelaution of Grameen at the start
of millenniu 3
: Grameen bank, Bangladesh
There are few institutions that inspire faith in humanity even
in the an environment of material greed, soulless careerism, exploitation and pursuit of naked power, institutions that live
with the credo that “small is beautiful” even when the world is being besieged by the philosophy of the big. They
are the institutions that live with a soul committed to fighting the inroads of global homogenization, seeking to provide
succor to the deprived yet diligent common people and proving that unity can work miracles even in an age of growing individualism.
The Gandhi Peace prize 2000 is being awarded to one such institution which has been helping the marginalized masses to reject
charity and to master their own destiny instead. It has been helping them tap their innate capabilities of entrepreneurship,
thereby bringing them hope confidence and cheer. Here is a fraternity of perseverance and service that promotes dignity and
adherence to truth. Here is development which enabled millions of women from poor households to acquire a new meaning in life.
Here is development with a human face which is not populist but people-centred and which promotes self-help and self-respect,
values dear to Mahatma Gandhi.
Professor Muhammad Yunus, economist at the University of Chittagong,
probably did not know that he was launching a revolution when he started his action project and lent a small amount of money
to a poor woman to help her build her own life. The success of this experiment gave birth to Grameen bank. This bank radically
reversed conventional banking practices with their emphasis on collateral security, practices which has given rise to the
witticism that the best way to get a loan in convince the banker that you don’t need one. Here is a new banking system
in rural areas that is based on mutual trust, solidarity, participation, peer monitoring and accountability. Its operations
indicate the faith of its founding father, Muhammad Yunus, that if financial resources are made available to the poor on terms
and conditions that are appropriate and reasonable “these millions of small people with their millions of small pursuits
can add up to create the biggest development wonder.” The success of grameen bank has won international acclaim and
emulation. With its participatory approach, emphasis on women entrepreneurs, women’s empowerment and employment creation,
the microcredit projects have come to be hailed as a very promising approach to poverty eradication.
Gandhi gave the world a talisman
“Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too0 much
with you apply the following test
Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man whom you have
seen and ask if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him
to a control over his life and destiny? In other words will it lead to Swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?
Then you will find your doubts and your self melting away”
bank, Bangladesh is an invitation par excellence, which passes the test with great elan