Diane Simard Wins Outstanding Woman in Business Award

DENVER, Colorado – August 31, 2016 – Diane Simard, Sr. Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Bye Aerospace, was recently named the Outstanding Woman in Business in the Technology and Telecom sector by the Denver Business Journal.

“We are so honored to acknowledge and thank Diane for her contributions to Bye Aerospace and to the community,” said George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace. “Her tenacity and ability to identify meaningful business strategies and her endless passion for helping others are qualities that have contributed to the growth our company is experiencing.”

Simard, who has been with Bye Aerospace for eight years, was acknowledged for her contributions to the pioneering new development of the Sun Flyer electric aircraft and other clean energy technologies and platforms developed by the company. She was also recognized for being the founder of the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE), a new specialty at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. COPE is the first in the country to offer graduate-level specialty coursework in psychosocial oncology to doctoral students. Simard helped develop the program after experiencing intermediate-stage breast cancer in 2015 and discovering the lack of graduate-level training for clinical psychologists to assist cancer patients, survivors and their support networks.

“My thanks to the Denver Business Journal for this award, and congratulations to all the outstanding nominees and winners,” Simard said. “Also, a special thanks to everyone involved with Bye Aerospace for your positive support and encouragement over the past year.”

Bye Aerospace brings advances in energy and design efficiencies to aerospace applications. In addition to the Sun Flyer, one of the company’s primary programs, “StratoAirNet,” was recently shown to be valuable in extending the reach of theater of battle early warning and detection capabilities while providing a potential for significant savings in acquisition, operations and maintenance costs. StratoAirNet, Bye Aerospace’s concept for a high-altitude, long-endurance solar-electric aircraft, was successfully demonstrated virtually in the Advanced Concepts Event 2015 (ACE15) at the Air Force Research Laboratories, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.