The following individuals will select the winners of the 2014 EngineerGirl Essay Contest, "50 Years of Engineering in Society."
F. Suzanne Jenniches
Retired Vice President and General Manager
Government Systems Division
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Suzanne Jenniches is recently retired as Vice President and General Manager of the Northrop Grumman Government Systems Division. This Linthicum, MD-based operation includes the Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems businesses for Postal Automation Systems; International Air Defense and Infrastructure Systems; and Homeland Defense. In addition to the Maryland businesses, she was responsible for operational sites in Belgium, France, the Middle East, and North Africa. She led the Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems International Campaign and the Diversity and Inclusion Council for the Sector.
Upon receiving her B.S. in Biology from Clarion State College in 1970, Mrs. Jenniches began her career in science as a high school biology teacher. In 1979, she attained her master's degree in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering evening school and later completed extensive post-graduate work in international affairs at The Catholic University of America. She also attended the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. Mrs. Jenniches is a past president of the national Society of Women Engineers and has received numerous awards for her leadership and work in advancing the engineering profession.
Crystal Harris earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Science Engineering from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL in 2005. She started her professional engineering career as a Flight Test Engineer where she developed critical test plans and procedures to ensure company products and services complied with customer, regulatory and company requirements. She currently serves as part of a team that supports the global fleet of the C-17 Globemaster. She supports the United States Air Force strategic airlifter on a global scale ensuring the structural integrity and safety of the fleet.
Kristen B. Wendell
Assistant Professor of Elementary Science Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Center of Science and Mathematics in Context
University of Massachusetts Boston
Kristen B. Wendell is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Science Education. She works in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Center of Science and Mathematics in Context at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Kristen’s research focuses on integrating engineering design into preK-12 learning experiences. She has led teacher professional development and designed curriculum for science and engineering with teachers from the early childhood through high school levels. Previously, Kristen was an aerospace engineer conducting research on spacesuit design for human space exploration. She earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in science education from Tufts University.
Analytics Talent Development Engineer
Amy Hammar works in Information Analytics - Talent Pipeline Development at Caterpillar Inc. focused on analytic talent attraction and development. Amy has responsibility for providing and implementing strategy to create the best in class recruitment and career development processes. Amy is a Chemical Engineer from the University of Akron. She is a recruiter for Caterpillar Inc. and assists in STEM talent pipeline activities. Amy has been a professional member of the Society of Women Engineers since 2000 and has been active in her local section holding various leadership positions. Amy is active in youth activities as an assistant youth tackle football and basketball coach. Amy is married to Jeremy and has two step-children: Sara and Caleb, in addition to Bryce and Marianne.
Randy Freedman, M.Ed
National Outreach Manager
Society of Women Engineers
Randy Freedman is the outreach manager for the Society of Women Engineers. He has worked in the education space since 1994 and began his career as a public school teacher. He was the regional implementation director for the Discovery Channel and served as the K-12 solutions director for Sallie Mae with the Upromise Schools fundraising program. In his current role, Randy is responsible for the success of SWE's national K-12 outreach programs. Working in partnership with national volunteer leadership, Randy is responsible for the design and implementation of programs and resources for use by SWE members in K-12 outreach. Randy is a certified teacher and holds a Master's Degree in education.
Alcoa Technical Center
Yuling He is an Environmental Engineer in Alcoa Technical Center’s Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology group where she researches green technologies to treat wastewater and waste air. She earned her Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the State University of New York (SUNY) – Environmental Science and Forestry. Her thesis was about wastewater treatment using constructed wetlands. In addition to being an engineer, Yuling loves to cook and play ukulele. She also has fun outdoors enjoying the environment that she works so hard to protect.