Listee Features — Engineering


Helen Elizabeth Voegele Gourley was an optical scientist, consultant, and engineer who spent more than 70 years developing lighting and optical solutions for some of the most prestigious institutions and manufacturers in the world. A curious and analytical child with a natural passion for learning and a drive to understand how the world worked, Ms. Gourley found herself drawn to science and mathematics at a young age. In 1949, she was awarded a four-year New York state scholarship to attend the University of Rochester, quickly adding merit-based scholarships from the University of Rochester and optical manufacturer Bausch & Lomb to her total. During summer breaks at the University of Rochester, Ms. Gourley began her career with jobs at Kodak and

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Sherry Joy Barone is a registered professional engineer with more than three decades of expertise designing and testing projects for Raytheon, Hughes Aircraft, and the United States government. Since 2017, she has been the chief executive officer and co-founder of At the Table Productions, Inc., a woman-owned engineering collaborative focusing on developing novel energy and battery technologies for transportation systems. Ms. Barone’s current work with At the Table Productions focuses on creating new rechargeable battery cell technologies capable of storing energy from wind, solar, and other renewable sources. Pointing out that power sources for most transportation systems are critically outdated, Ms. Barone hopes to develop marketable cathode-powder and nanocell technologies capable of powering unmanned vehicles for both commercial and military

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Laila El Gammal


Laila El Gammal was inspired to pursue a career in the textile industry by her father, the late Mohamed Hussein El Gammal, a former leading figure in the spinning and weaving industry in Egypt. He was the managing director of the four largest companies in the field, the chairman of the Damietta Spinning and Weaving Company, and was the first to introduce polyester and viscose to the Egyptian market. After getting her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1963, Mrs. El Gammal earned a Master of Science in chemical engineering and dyeing from Alexandria University in Egypt in 1968. Mrs. El Gammal then began her career at the National Spinning and Weaving Company, where she spent a year working on

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Christine Darden


After accruing more than 40 years of practiced experience in the aerospace industry, Christine Mann Darden, DSc, retired in 2007 after having held a plethora of roles from data analyst to director of the Office of Strategic Communications and Education at the NASA Langley Research Center. During her years at NASA, she was selected as a member of the Federal Executive Service and served as director of the Aero-Performing Center Management Office. After her work as a data analyst in her early career, Dr. Darden worked as an aerospace engineer, a group leader of the sonic-boom minimization group, and a project manager and lead for the high-speed research IIA planning activities in the late 1990s. Before her tenure with NASA,

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With more than 40 years of professional experience, Bernice M. Narvaez has been a principal systems engineer with the Raytheon Company since 2017, having formerly been the IT program manager and principal systems engineer from 2015 to 2017. Prior to obtaining these roles, she was the lead systems engineer for software development with Praxis Engineering Technologies LLC from 2009 to 2015 and she previously held a number of positions with the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), including senior business process consultant from 2004 to 2006 and business process reengineering specialist from 2000 to 2004. From 1994 to 1997 and again from 1999 to 2000, Ms. Narvaez was a senior consultant with Comsys Information Technology Services, Inc., and, from 1997 to

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Amii Bean-Rozell


Inspired by her mother and father, a data management expert and a logistics coordinator, respectively, Amii N. Bean-Rozell has excelled as the director and an enterprise data manager for IHS since 2020. Previously, she worked for a number of years as a manager for engineering technology for EnerVest Ltd. and a senior data analyst for the World Wide Drilling Group at Apache Corporation. With EnerVest, Ms. Bean-Rozell maintained her focus on efficiency improvement initiatives to achieve optimal performance in multiple domains. Ms. Bean-Rozell began her career working with her mother. She initially wanted to be a chiropractor, but decided an undergraduate degree in business would be better for owning her own business at the time. Ms. Bean-Rozell’s mother helped her

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Now retired, Sandra “Sonee” Lapadot led a prolific technical career for 40 years, 35 of those years as an automobile manufacturing company official. She began her transition to non-traditional work in Columbus, Ohio, when she was hired by a road design firm as a draftsman. After moving to the Akron, Ohio, area and needing a more permanent employer, in 1966 she gained employment with the Terex Division of General Motors in Hudson, Ohio, when she was hired as a manufacturing system designer. As she progressed through this division of General Motors, she also held positions as manager of engineering change implementation, manager of production scheduling, and later as the general administrator of product purchasing. In 1979, she was relocated to

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Dr. Mi Lu is a registered professional engineer, who specializes in educating students at Texas A&M University. In 1987, she joined the faculty at the university as an assistant professor. Through the years, she has moved into roles of an associate professor and professor. At the university, she focuses on training students in computer engineering. Dr. Lu’s research interests include parallel computer, distributed processing, computer architectures, computer networks, computer arithmetic, computational geometry and VLSI algorithms. Dr. Lu became involved in her profession because she came from an engineering family; her father and mother are also both in engineering. One is into hydo-electronic power, which is a very prestigious service. They designed many important projects that are still in use today.

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Kathi Williams


With many years of practiced industry experience to her credit, Kathi L. Williams currently serves as an operating engineer for the International Union of Operating Engineers. In this capacity, she operates heavy equipment, supervises pipeline installment, and provides heavy highway and bridge construction services. Dedicated to her community, she contributes to those in need through the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the American Veterans, and Moose and Eagle. Additionally, Ms. Williams proudly volunteers with many veterans’ organizations in her area. Prior to embarking upon her professional path, Ms. Williams wanted to pursue a career in the military, and eventually work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In 1981, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in marine biology

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Basma El Zein


Basma El Zein, PhD, demonstrates proficiency in all aspects of her career, and is considered an expert in nanotechnology and renewable. She is currently the director general of the Governance and Sustainability Center. Since 2017, she has served as the dean of scientific research at the University of Business and Technology in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She has also been the director of the Research and Consultation Center at the institution since 2015. Dr. El Zein’s career in academia began in 1999 when she began as an instructor at the Jeddah International School. Throughout the years, she took on teaching and research positions at Dar Al Hekma University and the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology. Furthermore, she has been

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