We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Virginia Kobler was recently awarded the 2020 Service to the Flag award for Government by Women In Defense (WID), an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association. This award will be formally presented to Dr. Kobler during a Service to the Flag luncheon at WID’s National Conference on September 10 in McLean, VA.
Dr. Kobler was the first woman awarded a doctoral degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in 1979. Years later, she would be the first female engineer in the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command and the first to manage programs in advanced computing hardware and battle management algorithms. Dr. Kobler managed a group of engineers who developed algorithms for BM/C3 for Strategic Defense.
Dr. Kobler is recognized as a pioneer for women in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and gives her thanks to the support of her husband, Dr. Julian Kobler, and family and mentors such as Dr. Francis Roberts and Dr. Richard Wyskida.
Her advice for young women contemplating careers in the STEM fields is to stay positive. “If I had listened to the naysayers, I would have given up. Keep looking for professional advantages. Never let an opportunity out of your grasp.”
Congratulations, Dr. Kobler, on this well-deserved award!