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Leading women in tech are honoured at Intel Women’s Achievement Awards

The Intel Women’s Achievement Awards are being celebrated to coincide with ​International Women in Engineering Day, which is marked each year on June 23rd. The day is part of an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women and girls in this exciting industry.

Engineers play a vital role in the Intel workforce, operating at the heart of our cutting edge manufacturing and design activities around the world, and we are proud to celebrate our many female engineers on ​International Women in Engineering Day.


For the past number of years Intel Ireland has recognised and acknowledged outstanding women at Intel through the presentation of the Women’s Achievement Awards.

17 women were recognised in the 2020 / 2021 Intel Women’s Achievement awards

The recipients of the awards each year come from all areas of Intel’s business operations in Ireland. The awardees are nominated by their organisations for having delivered a significant and measurable impact to Intel’s business and reputation. They embody the future direction of Intel, they role model the Intel Values, and are themselves role-models to those around them.

The presentation of the 2020 Intel Women’s Achievement awards were unfortunately delayed due to the COVID pandemic, but, we recently had the opportunity to celebrate last year’s winners along with the 2021 recipients, with a total of 17 women being recognised.

The 2020 / 2021 winners of the Intel Women’s Achievement awards are as follows;

Rebecca Tighe – Fab 24, Planar

Rebecca shows tremendous technical leadership in her role as a Planar Process Engineer, working on projects across the Intel Virtual Factory and driving new hire integration programs.

Laura Branley – Fab 24, Defect Metrology
Laura is a Process Technician in the Defect Metrology team at Intel where she has worked for 4 years. Laura is a key contributor to the team and was recently responsible for creating a unique tracer report for her area of production.

Sarah Jarett – Fab Construction Enterprise (FCE)
Sarah, who recently completed a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, is a key install expert who consistently displays strong role model behaviours in collaboration with her peers across the globe.

Lorraine Powell – Corporate Quality Network (CQN)
During 2019 Lorraine took responsibility for developing the data analysis solution for Intel’s Customer Field Failure Rate (FFR) program which provided a strong feedback loop to drive her team’s decision making process.

Patrizia Odierna – Manufacturing and Product Engineering (MPE)
Patrizia is the product owner for a team working on a key aspect of one of Intel’s latest processor technologies, coordinating activities to ensure that the technology content is robust and ready for customer milestones. Patrizia also gives generously of her time to encourage the next generations to the field of STEM, leading the MPE Women in Technology scholarship program since 2016.

Kate Mulhall – Intel Shannon
Kate executed a Cloud Native strategy that enabled consumption of Intel’s Xeon and Accelerator capabilities by our Telecommunications customers and ecosystem partners in a Containerized environment.

Morven Duffy – Fab 24, Metals
With over 20 years of experience, Morven drives the improvement roadmap for her toolset. A recognised expert within the Intel Virtual Factory, she solves problems with long-term fixes and also supports the training of all new engineers on the essential systems.

Denise Charles – Fab 24, Defect Metrology
Since joining Intel 10 years ago, Denise has become a senior technical leader in Defect Metrology. She uses her expertise to solve multiple challenging technical problems, increasing defect detection and improving product yield.

Riona Lynch – Fab Construction Enterprise (FCE)
In addition to her core work as a Senior FCE Project Manager with responsibility for ongoing construction projects, Riona has used her expertise and strong leadership skills to develop a Construction Internship and Women in Construction (WIC) Scholarship program.

Jacintha Cornally – GSC / Ireland Fab Materials
Jacintha has led the Ireland Fab Materials’ quality strategy for 4 years, driving gains in quality systems, processes and culture. Jacintha also leads the Global Fab Materials Quality Strategy team.

Ciara Power – Intel Shannon
Ciara recently joined Intel and is already a respected contributor and member of the team. She delivered a very complex feature into the software stack on which she was working, collaborating with engineers within and outside Intel.

Amy Fitton – Programmable Solutions Group, Cork
Amy is the Programmable Solutions Group Worldwide Customer Operations person for one of Intel’s key customers. She role model’s alignment to our cultural attributes and is an advocate for ‘One Intel’.

Joanne Rousseau – Fab 24, Diffusion
Joanne was the lead Diffusion IQ Engineer for the capacity expansion project of Intel’s Fab 10, executing flawlessly to deliver the project on schedule. Joanne supports the Intel STEM program by delivering talks to second level students, sharing with them her own experiences and path to engineering.

Jennifer McKenna – Fab 24, Silicon Research
Jennifer is a Researcher-in-Residence at DCU, working on a research project relating to Block Co-Polymer selective materials deposition. In addition to her research work, Jennifer plays a key role in promoting STEM education and careers within the Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) organisation.

Marina Lucey – Environmental Health and Safety
Marina is a key safety leader and influencer, demonstrating outstanding support for the Fab, driving multiple safety initiatives, ensuring the delivery of material and activities to drive continuous improvements and implementing metrics to measure progress.

Sarah Frawley – Movidius
Sarah is manager of the Movidius VPU IP Design Automation team. Sarah also supports multiple functional areas including Architecture, RTL Design, Validation, Design for Team, Emulation, Physical layout design, Pre silicon software and Tools.

Aimee Morrissey – Programmable Solutions Group, Cork
Aimee leads the Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) Sales Finance team – a group of analysts around the globe responsible for managing customer deals, forecasts and driving revenue growth.


Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core to Intel’s values and instrumental in driving innovation and delivering strong business growth. Through our 2030 goals, we are committed to advancing the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in leadership and technical positions at Intel, advancing accessibility, and embedding inclusive leadership practices in our culture and across our business.

The Women’s Achievement award recipient’s join a long line of Irish females making their mark in Intel which includes the first Irish female Vice President Ann Kelleher, who is now senior vice president and general manager of Technology Development at Intel Corporation and Ireland based Ann-Marie Holmes who is the Co General Manager of Fab Sort Manufacturing at Intel and Vice President of Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Operations Group.


Congratulations to each of the winners!



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