Sarah Loerzel '15 was honored last month at an AFCEA International Award Ceremony. Due to COVID-19, the presentation was made virtually via a world-wide broadcast in conjunction with the AFCEA West Symposium normally held in San Diego, CA.
Loerzel graduated from Clarkson University in 2015 with Bachelor of Science degrees in environmental engineering and biology. She is presently Lead Engineer for the Wide Area Surveillance Program’s Site Activation Team within the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA.
AFCEA International is a non-profit association serving the military, government, industry and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, information technology, intelligence and global security.
Loerzel received AFCEA’s Emerging Leadership Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the Lexington-Concord Chapter. She was previously honored with the Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award in 2017.
Specifically, for her service on the Young AFCEAN Executive Committee and as Young AFCEAN (YA) Membership Officer since 2016, Loerzel was cited for enthusiastically taking the initiative in planning and volunteering countless hours at events such as our New Horizons Symposium, our “Run for STEM 5K,” and leading a technical tour at MassRobotics. She spearheaded our YA membership outreach, where she created and dispatched welcome correspondence and ensured capture in the AI database. She has also taken the lead on our Children’s Discovery Museum science classroom at Hanscom AFB’s schools, ran our Lexington High School Science Fair judging and took the helm at our MathCounts project’s statewide competition session.
Loerzel was also commended for her exemplary mentorship. She has volunteered frequently to participate in Hanscom AFB’s Starbase Program functions, where she would personally speak with children about their career and encourage them to pursue STEM-centric fields.
Professionally, Loerzel has completed her APDP Level 3 Engineering Certification this year … the highest level achievable for Civil Service Engineers.
In the words of Lexington-Concord Chapter President Kevan Kivlan, “Sarah Loerzel’s contributions to our Lexington-Concord Chapter have been no less than extraordinary!”