This award recognizes a Florida Tech staff, faculty member, and student (male or female) who enhance the climate for women’s participation and development on campus. The award is named in honor of Florida Tech alumna, former university administrator and Melbourne resident, Joan Bixby. Bixby, who earned a Florida Tech master’s degree in contract and procurement management in 1975, started her university career as a development director in 1965. She left Florida Tech in 1975 for a career as a government contracting officer, and in retirement, she remained an active member of the university community until her death in December 2011.
The next award ceremony will be hosted by the Florida Tech Alumni Assoication in March 2020 during Women's History Month.