Education | Engineering
Attributing her lifetime of success to fate, being prepared, and keeping her eye on the prize, Carolyn Winstead Meyers enjoyed a long career as an academic administrator, mechanical engineer, and educator. She started out as a steam generator analyst in the Machinery Apparatus Operation Division of General Electric in 1968 and as a systems analyst in the Information Services Division of General Electric in 1969, and steadily progressed from there. From 1972 to 1977, Dr. Meyers served as an instructor at the Atlanta University Center Consortium, and from 1979 to 1984, she served as an instructor of mechanical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. She proceeded to serve the latter institution as an assistant professor, associate professor, and associate dean of research for the College of Engineering. Other notable positions include director of the SUCCEED Coalition at the Center for Professional Success, dean of the College of Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering, vice chancellor of academy affairs and provost at North Carolina A&T State University, and president of Norfolk State University. Her final role before ending her professional journey was president of Jackson State University.
Now in retirement, Dr. Meyers focuses her time on hobbies like crocheting hats, reading, and writing, as well as volunteerism. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Institute of Aerospace, an affiliate of Cone Health, a member of the board of directors of the Piedmont Triad Council of International Visitors through the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and a member of the Division of Human Resources Development through the National Science Foundation. Previously, she was an affiliate of United Way of Greater Greensboro, the program director of the Undergrad Education Division of the National Science Foundation, a trustee of Westminster Schools, the chairman of the Waste Volume Reduction Subcommittee of the Mayor’s Commission on Solid Waste Disposal, a member of the Research Triangle Institute, and the chairman of MentorNet.
Highly-regarded as an executive in the field of engineering, statistical, and process improvement methodologies, Dr. Susan Schall is celebrating more than two decades of professional excellence. Although she considered becoming a lawyer in high school, she realized pre-law programs didn’t require the math and science she loved, so she turned toward engineering. A light bulb went off when she discovered industrial engineering, and she knew at once that it was going to be her career. Set on her path, Dr. Schnall earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the State University of New York in 1981. She then received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University and followed that up with a PhD in 1988. She is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) certified quality engineer and manager of quality organizational excellence, and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Dr. Schall founded SOS Consulting LLC in Front Royal, VA in 2004, backed by a line of technician and management positions in engineering and consulting firms. She was a methodology director at RR Donnelly Inc., in Illinois, the president of Susan O. Schnall Process Improvement Consulting in Virginia, and the technical superintendent of control systems at DuPont Engineering Polymers in West Virginia. Ms. Schall has also served in roles as the president of the Pennsylvania State University College of Engineering Alumni Society and the Pennsylvania State Industrial Engineering Industrial Advisory Council. Using her strong background, she has consulted for ABET Inc., the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and has lent her services to the board of examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award team.
With nearly 30 years of experience in chemical engineering, Dr. Bridgette Gomillion-Williams has earned a strong reputation in the scientific world. Years of hard work have led her to be an expert in polymer material science and engineering with specialized experience in reactive extrusion and foaming. Her ability to see the “not-so-obvious” solutions to problems and implement them has served her well in the field; she has a proven track record of innovating breakthrough product and process technology. Ms. Gomillion-Williams considers her greatest achievement thus far to be inventing and patenting the Continuous Flow Chaotic Maker. In the future, she intends to use the opportunities that are available to her in research and development to broaden her knowledge in material science.
Dr. Gomillion-Williams initially began her career at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in polymer chemistry in 1990. Shortly after that, she began working for the Dow Chemical Company, and in 2000, she furthered her education by earning a PhD in polymer science from the School of Material Science and Engineering at Clemson University. Since then, Dr. Gomillion-Williams has enjoyed a variety of research roles, including one as the technical research specialist at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation. Although she is no longer with the material science and engineering company, she garnered invaluable experience working with soft polymer foams, manufacturing parts for medical devices, conducting on-site research into production problems, supporting research and development teams, supporting manufacturing functions, and writing and executing protocols.