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For more than seven decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Their organization is centered around a passion for our members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties.
Lydia I Pickup was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey while her father was in the Army, but she claimed West Virginia as her early home. She graduated from Parkersburg, West Virginia high school in 1939. In 1942, following the US entry into World War II, she enlisted in the US Navy and went to the first WAVE boot camp in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She went to Link Trainer instructor school in Atlanta and served as an instructor in Jacksonville, Florida. After the war, using the GI Bill, she attended the University of Wisconsin majoring in Electrical Engineering but was called back into the service just before completing the degree.
In 1947, she joined the Naval Reserve and after the start of Korean War, she was posted to Seattle. When released in 1953, she remained in Seattle and went to work for Boeing Airplane Company. Lydia had a 30-year career with Boeing with her primary focus on change management and configuration control. She worked on many planes and related systems from the B-52 to SRAM missiles and various phases of the Saturn program’s use for manned missions to the moon. She was transferred for various times in the 60’s to New Orleans, Louisiana and Huntsville, Alabama. She retired from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in 1964.
The scholarship is worth $3,750.