Director, Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance
Melanie Y. Jonason
Propulsion Sustainment Division AFLCMC/LPSE
Tinker Air Force Base
Refreshments & Discussion with Table Mentors
(Photos & Mingling)
As Xan Black said, "Our guest speaker is over 103 engineers, and she has oversight over 28,000 turbine engines – 50 types, in 152 locations."
Highlights from Melanie's Presentation
She earned her Bachelor's Degree in chemical engineering at Louisiana State University. Later she had to learn metals.
Point Whatever engineering you study, prepare well. You likely will learn other fields over time.
Many disciplines are linked, e.g., biomedical to mechanical and electrical to robotics.
|'Triggering something exciting inside you yet?|
Point Set goals high and adjust to do many different tasks.
Melanie worked her way through college.
At LSU, three to four other women were in engineering. All of her professors were male, and one was not supportive.
Point Have toughness.
She worked at NASA, a great organization where open-mindedness dominated.
The government is designed to allow moving up in steps. To move up in grade, however, an employee must merit promotion. That means being interviewed and producing results.
Point Be well-rounded. Understand business. Prepare yourself in multiple ways.
Melanie said that she earned her bachelor's degree and then went to work. To be promoted in the Air Force, she, as a civilian engineer, needed a master's degree. Being married with three kids going in different directions, working and earning that MS was her biggest challenge, but she accomplished her goal.
|Dana Drake speaking with vibrant, youthful showmanship|
Dana presented us with an acronym.
C - Create
H - Help
I - Inform
P - Problem-solve
I - InnovateN - Next Generation
C - Consider
H - Having
I - Impact on
P - Progress
I - In the
N - Next Generation
|SuperScouts, Girl Scouts |
of Eastern Oklahoma
Dana also shared a video of the Girl Scouts so we at least have to reference the achievement Dana underscored.
Back to the reception...
|Part of the 32 mentors who champion young women in STEM|
All but one came, and that engineer sent a substitute. Being engaged with young women was important! One male engineer attended with his sister and wife, both of whom are engineers. 'Hats off to him. Also, we want to salute all of these engineers and their companies for their commitments to the future.
Ashton Adair, Chemical Engineer, DCP Midstream
Terry Anderson, Industrial Engineering, DCMA
Diana Bittle, Software Engineer, American Fidelity
Xan Black, Petroleum Engineer, Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance
Shanequah Brison, Information Technology Engineer
Anne Copeland, Aerospace & Chemical Engineer, USAF
Leslie Crissup, Chemical Engineer, Enable Midstream Partners
Stephanie Dozier, Mechanical Engineer, Boeing
Dana Drake, Metallurgy Engineer, Tinker Air Force Base
Debbie Graham, Industrial Engineer, Astellas Pharma Technologies
Emily Heyne, Materials Engineer, USAF
Cassandra Hoyt, Systems Engineer, Boeing
Subashini Iyer, Mechanical Engineer, Boeing
Maggie Leuck, Chemical Engineer, DCP Midstream
Samantha Lewis, Industrial Engineer, Boeing
Donna Ord, Electronics Engineer, USAF
Jackie Pearson, Electrical Engineer, Department of Defense, US Air Force
Liesel Polwort, Civil Engineer, Olsson Associates
Jaishree Raman, Computer Science Engineer, American Farmers and Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company
Amber Sanders, Mechanical Engineer, Hitachi Computer Products
Theresa Seitz, Mechanical Engineer, OG&E
Susie Sjulin, Electrical Engineer, DCP Midstream
Marsha Slaughter, Environmental Engineer, City of Oklahoma City
Sandra Snelling, Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineer, USAF
Sarah Staggs, Mechanical/Aerospace Engineer, Boeing
Alice Summers, Mechanical Engineer, NOV Hydra Rig
Siv Sundaram, Civil Engineer, Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Brittany Tholen, Electrical Engineer, Department of Defense
Nathan Tholen, Electrical Engineer, Department of Defense
Tammy Turnipseed, Electrical Engineer, OG&E
Martha Walker, Aerospace Engineer, Northrop
Barbara Wollmershauser, Mechanical Engineer, Tulsa Engineering Foundation
|Anne Copeland, Melanie Jonason, Subashini Iyer|
|Martha Walker, Barbara Wollmerschauser, Adrianne Covington Graham, Dana Drake|
Adrianne Covington Graham is the executive director and CEO of the Oklahoma Engineering Foundation.
|Debbie Graham, Jaishree Raman, Siv Sundaram|
|Taylor Mastin, Leslie Crissup, Caroline Short|
Taylor and Caroline are engineering students at Oklahoma State University.