Always interested in science, Diane M. Vanderwalker, PhD, eventually went into material science in school, and chose to work on dislocations of precipitation and materials. There were different problems she was able to work on over the years, and it wasn’t just one problem. She liked having different types of publications. Dr. Vanderwalker began her professional career as a NATO fellow at the University of Oxford in England from 1981 to 1982 before serving as an assistant professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook from 1983 to 1985. She then served as a materials research engineer at the U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory, now known as the Army Research Laboratory, in Watertown, Massachusetts, from 1986
Initially interested in pursuing a career in mathematics, Sandra J. Cynar, DEng, was encouraged by a friend of her father, whose wife was a mathematician, to go into engineering. Once she got into engineering, she had her son in 1970 and stopped working to raise her family. When it was time for her to go back to work, she wanted to do something that would afford her also to be able to spend more time with her son, which is when she went into education. Dr. Cynar began her professional career as a controls engineer at General Dynamics in Pomona, California, in 1963, remaining in this positon for one year before becoming a management trainee at Pacific Telephone in Alhambra,
Backed by expertise in engineering, Jennifer J. Ingmire has thrived at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), a subsidiary of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). She joined NAVAIR as an aerospace engineer at the NAVAL Aviation Depot in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1995. She transferred to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in 2001 as a human systems engineer. In 2003, she moved to NAWCAD Patuxent River as a mechanical engineer, where she advanced in her career to an Assistant Program Manager for Systems Engineering (APMSE). Over the years, Ms. Ingmire has worked on a wide range of programs and projects for the organization, but one that really stands out to her is the International Instruction for
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. Schall 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
Growing up, Susan R. Kelley always enjoyed science classes. She began to hone in on chemistry in high school, but didn’t have much of a desire to complete labs and lab reports. When a family friend mentioned that engineering was a real-world application of science, she was intrigued. Ms. Kelley proceeded to apply to the Georgia Institute of Technology as a chemical engineering student, and ended up earning a Bachelor of Science in the subject in 1992. While she was there, she worked as a co-op student at Hoechst Celanese in Spartanburg, S.C. The Polymer QA department gave her a chance to gather real world experience, which she highly valued. She also worked 20 hours per week on campus at
Driven by scientific curiosity, Susan Waggoner dedicated her career to electronics engineering, particularly energy and power in batteries. She started as an engineering technician at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indiana in 1978, and was promoted to electronics engineer of test and measurement equipment four years later. Ms. Waggoner rose again within the company in 1991, this time to electronics engineer of energy and power. She remained in the role until her retirement. One of the highlights of Ms. Waggoner’s journey was obtaining patents for methods and systems of detecting leakage of energy storage structure liquids. She was thrilled to make a difference in her field. To further spread her reach, Ms. Waggoner served as a steering committee member
Taught at a young age to always do her best, Alicia Garcia Clark has built an impressive resume over the years. She was the first woman to study textile engineering and the only woman to work at Celanese, and experienced continuous promotion throughout her journey. She started with Celanese Mexicana, a subsidiary of the Celanese Corporation, as a chemist in 1951, and became a laboratory manager in 1953. When the company decided to start a long campaign to improve their product, they took her from the laboratory and made her a technical assistant in the Sales Promotion Department. Ms. Clark was successful in selling new ideas to the mills because they believed she was genuine in wanting to help them.
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