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Podhradsky is EmBe’s Young Woman of Achievement

April 19, 2017

A high-achieving young woman on the Dakota State University campus has been recognized off-campus. The Sioux Falls-based organization EmBe named Dr. Ashley Podhradsky as the 2017 Young Woman of Achievement at an awards ceremony April 13.

The EmBe Tribute to Women awards are an annual celebration of local leadership, recognizing the contributions women bring to Sioux Falls. The Young Woman of Achievement award is presented to a nominee between the ages of 21 and 35 whose community service and professional success indicates current leadership and her potential for extraordinary leadership and service.

Podhradsky is an associate professor of digital forensics and information assurance at DSU, and coordinates the Master of Science programs in information assurance and computer security. She is also the director of the GenCyber Girls Camp, and co-founded the CybHER program with DSU instructor Pam Rowland. Both the GenCyber Girls Camp and CybHER events are intended to engage and support girls and women in cyber security.

Podhradsky is a DSU alumna (’06, ’07, ’10). Two other DSU alumnae were nominated, Jennie Patrick (’04) with Sioux Valley Energy, and Suzy Collignon-Hodgen (’98) with Risk Administration Services. Collignon-Hodgen is also on the DSU Foundation board.

Sixty-five people were nominated in nine categories. Podhradsky was nominated by Rowland and Nikki Gronli, marketing specialist with SDN Communications. SDN is a regional business broadband provider.