The SWE Space Coast Section slate of officers for election as submitted by the Nominating Committee for the SWE Space Coast Section is listed below. Additional nominations will be accepted by email no later than May 9, 2017. Please confirm nominees are current SWE members and willing to serve. Nominations must also be seconded by another member. Nominations should be sent to LMcPherson@IwakiAmerica.com
Ballots will be emailed to members on or about May 11.
2017-2018 SWE-SC Officer Nominee Information
President – Carolyn Bacque’-Carson.
Carol has been a quality engineer in the Safety & Mission Assurance division supporting the Launch Services Program at NASA Kennedy Space Center for the past four years. Carol supports the Atlas V, Delta II, Delta IV, Pegasus & Falcon 9 missions that launch NASA’s spacecraft. Prior to that she was a hypergolic fluids engineer for NASA working on the Auxiliary Power Units (APU) for the Orbiter and Solid Rocket Boosters for three years. She also worked as a contractor at United Space Alliance for four years working on the Orbiter Maneuvering /Reaction Control Systems and APU.
Carol earned her degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2004 and her Master of Science in Management in Aviation/Aerospace Industrial Management in 2008 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). While attending college Carol also acquired her private pilot’s license and instrument rating for single engine airplanes. She joined SWE while at ERAU and has been a member ever since. Carol is the current section President and has been the section Secretary, Vice President, Treasurer, scholarship chair, ERAU collegiate counselor, IGEW/WOW module leader, publicity chair and an overall active professional member.
Vice President – Adia Griffin
Adia Griffin has been at Kennedy Space Center for 10 years, for the last 4 years she has been working for Jacobs Technology as the Pressure Vessel and Pressurized Systems Subject Matter Expert and Project Lead. Adia serves as an Ambassador to the Clarkson School at Clarkson University where she encourages those high school students ready to take the next step ahead of schedule to go to the college a year early as she did. Adia has been a member of SWE since her early college years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering Physics. She has been a part of the Executive Council since 2010 taking on the role of Newsletter Editor and Publicity Chair and Outreach Director. She has participated in our outreach events since 2009 and a few years later became Chair of Wow! That’s Engineering Workshop, which she has continuously lead since 2012. As Director of Outreach 2013 & 2014, Adia raised over $11,000 for our outreach programs seeking local company donations. She also took on the Chair role of Introducing Girls to Engineering Workshop 2014. Adia continues to represent the SWE Space Coast Section in the community through other outreach events as well.
Secretary – Jamie McLean
Jamie works for APT Research as SMASS II Deputy Program Manager for the KSC NASA Safety & Mission Assurance contract and manages the day to day S-MASS II activities and operations supporting NASA Safety and Mission Assurance divisions. She has thirty years of KSC experience in Safety Engineering, Quality Engineering and Industrial Engineering with United Space Alliance and Lockheed.
Jamie received her BS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a Florida Spaceport Leadership Association (FSLA) member; supported SWE Awards committee and outreach projects over the years. She supports the Space Coast Georgia Tech Club on the Scholarship Evaluation Committee, 2005-2015.; Georgia Tech, College of Engineering, Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni, Inducted 1996; Georgia Tech, Athletic Hall of Fame, Elected 1992. Jamie served as section treasurer this year.
Treasurer – Jacqueline Lee
Jacqueline is currently a System Survivability Engineer with Northrop Grumman. She graduated with her B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Before becoming an engineer, she was a banker with US Bank for 4 years where she gained a financial experience and appreciated the business of checks and balances. She became very involved with the Society of Women Engineers during graduate school and served as SWE-Los Angeles as their Section Treasurer for FY 2015. She owes a lot of her professional success to SWE and loves to use this opportunity to give a little bit back.
Section Representative – Kristin Freeman
Kristin is a Systems Engineer in the Design Visualization Group (DVG) with The Boeing Company at Kennedy Space Center. She currently supports the Space Launch System Green Run Operations Team for Core Stage testing that will occur at NASA Stennis Space Center before shipment to NASA Kennedy Space Center for launch.
She has a Masters in Space Systems Management from Florida Institute of Technology, B.S. in Engineering Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, as well as a Space Studies certificate from International Space University. After being an active SWE collegiate member and holding many leadership positions since 2004, she moved up to a Professional member in 2009 and became a member of SWE-Space Coast. She currently is the Alternate Section Rep and participates in leading workshops and volunteers at the annual Outreach workshops–IGEW and WOW!. She has previously served as the Director of Outreach, and Section President.
Alternate Section Representative – Caley Burke
Caley Burke is an aerospace engineer for NASA’s Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center. She analyzes launch vehicle trajectories for NASA’s unmanned spacecraft. Additionally, she is the KSC lead for the International Space Apps Challenge. Caley engages in space and science focused outreach for NASA and with SWE at NASA Family Days. She is a social media mentor to the FIRST Robotics Team 1592 Bionic Tigers. She has been the social media coordinator for the section the last couple years and a general member for 13 years when not out of the state for school. Caley received her BS in Aerospace from Purdue and her MS in Aerospace from MIT.
Director of Outreach – Andrea Wesser
Andrea Wesser-Brawner has assisted thousands of entrepreneurs, research faculty and others in starting technology companies, pursuing federal funding for R&D, and generating revenues. She has led the development and operation of five technology accelerator programs, some with federal partners such as U.S. Department of Energy and Economic Development Administration. She also handled business development and large federal grant management for the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research, an industry-led consortium for the manufacturing of sensors and photonic devices. She has been an entrepreneur while executive in a number of micro- and nano-technology based start-up companies. Most recently, she started her own consulting firm, Impacta, Inc., which assists for-profit, academic institutions, and non-profit research organizations in technology commercialization plans and innovation ecosystem development initiatives. Andrea has been active in SWE at both the local and national levels and served as Outreach Director the past two years and as Chair of our Introducing Girls to Engineering Workshop in 2016.
Director of Professional Development – Claire Offer
Claire Offer is in her first year as a professional SWE member. She has been a SWE member since her freshman year of college at Oregon State University . Claire graduated in June 2016 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She was involved with the revamping of OSU’s SWE section which caused meeting attendance to grow from 10-15 infrequent members to 30-50 steady members. In her time at OSU, Claire served as president of the collegiate SWE section for two years and social media and website coordinator for one year. For Region J, Claire served as Region Collegiate Senator and Region Collegiate Representative, each for a year term. Following graduation, Claire, her boyfriend, and her dog-child moved to Florida to work for NASA in the Propellants and Life Support program. Claire is excited to get more involved with SWE locally and hopes to slowly get more involved with Region D.
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