Could you tell us about the background of your career?
I started at Carleton completing an engineering project through the University at Buffalo [UB]. I was then hired full time after Graduating from UB. Since then I have held the following positions at Cobham; Design Engineer, Quality Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Product Manager Operations Manager and Value Stream Manager.
What are the highlights of your career?
To see us win several awards from a major defence customer for our program management and control actuation assembly product line.
Seeing the redesign and progressive cost savings on the control actuation product here in the USA.
Seeing how our teams work together to solve some very complex problems and having a customer recognize this.
Mentoring team members and seeing them grow, progress and move to higher positions.
Why did you choose engineering?
I was always good in math and science. I always enjoyed watching my father work on his race car and snowmobiles and seeing how things go together and work. I always knew I would NOT go into the medical field so I chose Mechanical Engineering.
What are the biggest challenges of your job?
Workload and all the competing priorities. Trying to balance the needs of the customers both internal and external.
What are your thoughts on the importance of diversity within engineering and in the workplace?
Diversity is a good way to help round out team dynamics and cultivate innovative ideas.
Why should someone consider a career at Cobham?
Cobham is a good company to work for. They promote teamwork. They also have a diverse portfolio of really unique products.
What does International Women in Engineering Day mean to you?
It’s a time to recognize the women engineers that make a big difference to a wide range of technical areas. It’s also a time to promote STEM for girls and young women.