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Paying It Forward: ARCS Member Awarded Woman of the Year Award

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

ARCS member Michelle Wells was recently recognized by Atlanta Women in Technology (WIT) for her dedicated long-time volunteer work in STEM and service organizations in the Atlanta community. She was awarded WIT’s 2019 Woman of the Year Award in the Non-Profit category.

Women in Technology is a nonprofit organization that focuses on empowering and encouraging girls and women involved in the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) fields. WIT’s team of more than 300 volunteers delivers professional development and networking opportunities to more than 3,000 professionals and programs at no charge to more than 1,500 students.

The Woman of the Year Award recognizes a member who has exemplified good stewardship of WIT’s efforts in her field and community. “This award has afforded opportunities to bring awareness to the work of medical physicists in healthcare,” Wells says.

As a board-certified medical physicist at Piedmont Atlanta, Wells uses applied scientific techniques to help doctors treat patients. She manages clinical medical physics services for progressive radiation oncology and supervises staff in their use of radiation machinery. “My passion lies in being able to bring technologies and education to the staff so that we can treat patients safely,” she asserts. Wells has been instrumental in helping Piedmont receive several accreditations since she first joined the staff in 2003.

Wells has served as an active member of ARCS Atlanta Chapter since 2014. “ARCS aligns with my passion for developing scientific leaders and supporting their research endeavors,” Wells notes. Despite her rigorous involvement in other organizations, the mission of ARCS is a mainstay in her life and career.

In addition to her work within ARCS Atlanta, Wells is a Leadership Atlanta alumna, active board member for both the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and the Georgia Tech Women’s Affinity Network, and past president of the Atlanta Junior League.

A common thread of women-based organizations within Wells’s collective organization involvement is no coincidence. Wells hopes that her involvement in ARCS and other women-focused organizations will help promote the benefits of and encourage diversity in STEAM fields. She states,  

“If you want to be the best, you need thought diversity. You won’t have thought diversity if you have single-gender or single-anything. To bring the best thoughts to the table, to develop the best vision, you need diversity across the board.”

By acting as a mentor to young girls and women, Wells continues to encourage them to follow their dreams and pay it forward for generations to come.  

ARCS Foundation congratulates Michelle Wells on her work in her community and this well-earned honor!

To find out more about Michelle Wells and her work, follow this link.