Listee Features — Engineering


Dr. Suzanne Strohl embarked on her professional journey by earning a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Marymount University in 1995. During this time, she interned with the United States Department of the Army and did early work as a general engineer with the night vision and electronic sensors laboratory at Fort Belvoir. Her specialty was in lasers and electro-optics, and she worked on various weapons systems, including tanks and missiles. In 1995, she became the division chief for instrumentation at the United States Army Test and Evaluation Command and achieved her Master of Science in systems engineering from the University of Virginia in 2002. From 2004 to 2005, Dr. Strohl worked as a general engineer and team chief for

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Jacqueline Anim


With more than three decades of expertise in materials engineering, Dr. Jacqueline A. Anim has proudly influenced the field of material utilization for medical devices. Since 2009, she has excelled in multiple positions for Ethicon, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. She joined the company as a staff life cycle materials engineer until taking on the role of principal materials engineer in 2015. In 2020, she was promoted to senior principal materials engineer, in which she consults and designs directions for the use of materials in the manufacturing of medical devices, including surgical devices and robotic instruments. In addition, she supports the research and development of manufacturing plants and is responsible for overseeing the plants, new material selections, and

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Valarie King-Bailey


Backed by more than four decades of professional experience, Valarie King-Bailey is highly regarded for her skill in computer systems validation, software testing, and civil and environmental engineering. Since 2004, she has excelled as the chief executive officer and senior validation consultant of OnShore Technology Group Inc., which offers a broad portfolio of compliance-related software and services to support independent validation and verification for life sciences companies. As the founder of OnShore Technology Group Inc., Ms. King-Bailey’s career highlight has been raising $1 million in venture capital and breaking the seven-figure barrier for women-run businesses. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, less than 3% of women’s business enterprises exceed $1 million. She feels honored that her business has reached

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Helen McLeod is the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Genesee Polymers Corporation, a major manufacturer of industrial and consumer silicone products. A finance industry executive with three decades of corporate accounting and leadership experience, Ms. McLeod has focused her career on working with manufacturing and engineering entities. At Genesee Polymers Corporation, Ms. McLeod plays a fundamental role in managing everyday financial functions, as well as leading executive decision-making and growth processes that ensure the company’s ability to continue delivering high-quality and socially responsible products. Ms. McLeod began her professional journey as a student at the University of Michigan, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in economics and sociology in 1991. She immediately continued her education, enrolling

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Linda Perez


Backed by more than 40 years of experience in her professional endeavors, Linda Sanders Perez is highly regarded for her valuable knowledge and skill in various aspects of management, including project and program management, project planning and leadership. Ms. Perez’s career commenced immediately following her high school graduation. Young and eager, she joined the workforce at the Boeing Company, where she would excel for the entirety of her career until retiring in 2016. Well-known as a leader in engineering worldwide, The Boeing Company is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, telecommunications equipment, and missiles worldwide. The company also provides leasing and product support services. Joining the company in 1979, Ms. Perez initially served

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Siu Ling Ko


A highly regarded engineer and transit expert, Siu Ling Ko has dedicated her career to serving New York City Transit, part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. To prepare for her career, she attained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Technology, now New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She was encouraged to pursue electrical engineering by her teachers at Brooklyn Tech due to her aptitude for mathematics, leading her to apply and attend the highly regarded institution. At the time, she recalls well under 10% of the students were women, and it was not unusual for her to be the only female student in any given class or lab. Despite the lack of diversity in

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Col. V. Vanessa Sifford-Griffith began her career the University of Cambridge where she earned a Master of Music in piano, a Doctor of Philosophy in chemistry and a doctorate in physics, achieving the latter two degrees at the same time in 1982. When she returned to the United States, she took a job driving a truck as she looked for a position that was better suited to her taste and skill level. She was subsequently introduced to fiber optics by a road crew she encountered on one of her hauls, and she achieved certification in fiber optics from The Light Brigade Inc. in 1983. After a decade in the field, Col. Sifford-Griffith became president of Snake Fiberoptic’s Ltd. International in

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Carolyn Thorsen


Carolyn Crawford Chesnutt Thorsen knew she wanted to teach math by the time she was in high school, though she also holds longstanding love of music and has played the piano since age 5. First earning a Bachelor of Arts from Agnes Scott College in 1955, she began her career in 1964 as an assistant librarian with Hartsville Memorial Library in South Carolina before going on to join the Darlington County School District, where she taught music from 1965 to 1968 and math and psychology from 1968 to 1973. During this time, she furthered her education and obtained a Master of Education from the University of South Carolina in 1972. From 1973 to 1975, Ms. Thorsen served as a high

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Nazafarin Hedayati


Born to a Persian family in Iran, Nazafarin Hedayati, also known as Nazee Heda, immigrated to Yugoslavia with her father, where she spent a year and a half, before moving to Denmark to live with her other family members. Having been exposed to the oil and gas industries early on when she still lived in Iran, she found herself drawn to chemical engineering because she had not seen very many women in that field. In 1995, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen and during her study she had the chance to work on nitrate, phosphate, and silica storage methods with environmental scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia.

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Betsy Bear Hoff


Attributing much of her success to her dedication to her job and her company, Ms. Bear Hoff furthered her skills through graduate level studies at Cardinal Stritch University, where she earned a Master of Business Administration in 2006 followed by a master’s degree in business management in 2008. Driven by the desire to do her family proud and keep the company going as her predecessors did, she achieved the position of company president in 2018, becoming the fourth generation of her family to helm the Alloy Products Corporation, following her father, grandfather and great-grandfather. She recalls visiting her grandfather in his office when he was president of the company and telling him that one day, she would be sitting in

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