Listee Features — Engineering

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 career as an automobile manufacturing company official for more than 40 years. At the start of her career, she was the manager of engineering change implementation for the Terex Division of General Motors in Hudson, Ohio, from 1975 to 1977. As she progressed with the Terex Division of the company, Ms. Lapadot held the posts of a manager of production scheduling and later the general administrator of product purchasing until 1979. Soon thereafter, she relocated to Detroit and continued working with the company as a senior staff assistant of non-ferrous metals in 1979, and held executive roles within the company until her ultimate departure in 1986. Ms. Lapadot joined the staff of

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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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Christine De Zeeuw


For just over three years, Christine E. De Zeeuw has excelled as an electrical engineer with SeaLandAire Technologies, where she designs and tests circuit boards for defense applications and the marine industry. She also dedicates her time to designing and testing sonobuoys. Although her career has just begun, she is especially proud of the work she has conducted on her first off-site field test on a naval base on San Clemente Island in San Diego. She was able to go along and test the hardware she had been working on for a long time, put all the pieces together and actually see it function in the field. It was satisfying for Ms. De Zeeuw to see the culmination of all

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Lisa Onishi


Dr. Lisa M. Onishi prepared for her career at the University of Washington in Seattle, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2000. She continued her education at the University of California Berkeley, earning a DSChemE in 2009, and, after garnering experience as an engineer at UCT Fuel Cells, she accepted a position at Intel in 2010. Since starting at Intel, Dr. Onishi has excelled as a chemical engineer, researcher and senior process engineer for the company. Initially, Dr. Onishi became involved in her profession because she believed that engineering would allow her to use science in an applicable, practical manner. She had an interest in chemistry and was drawn to the possibility that she could make

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Fern DoVale


Drawing upon 15 years of practical experience in engineering, Fern L. DoVale, PE, most recently served as an engineering manager at Integrated Engineering Software, Inc., in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, from 1992 until her retirement in 1993. Prior to this illustrious appointment, she held a position as the engineering manager at NPS Technologies Group, Inc., in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, from 1989 to 1992, where she also served as a project manager in Secaucus, New Jersey, between 1988 and 1989. Likewise, she is a past project engineer, lead engineer, senior engineer and engineer at Nuclear Power Services, Inc., in Secaucus, serving in these roles between 1980 and 1988. Ms. DoVale commenced her career in 1978 as an associate engineer at

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