SWE Santa Clara Valley Executive Council

Fiscal Year 2020-2021

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President

Allison Wright

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Currently Working in: Nondestructive Inspection

Allison is a Nondestructive Inspection Engineer in the Aircraft Manufacturing industry. Allison has been a member of SWE since she was a student at Iowa State University where she received her degree in Aerospace Engineering. She has held several leadership positions in sections, region, and Society levels of SWE. Allison received the SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award in 2016.  She lives with her husband, Alex, an Electrical Engineer, their five-year-old son, and various numbers of foster kitties!

The President can be reached at swescv.president@gmail.com

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Vice President of Member Services

Katie Talda

Major:  Mechanical Engineering

Currently Working in: Aerospace

I moved to the Bay Area to work at Lockheed Martin as a Systems Engineer. I have been a member of the Member Services Committee helping to plan some of the SWE SCV social events. During my time in collegiate SWE at the University of Utah, I was involved with the Outreach Committee and became the Vice President of Outreach FY2016. During the FY2017 school year, I was the Mechanical Engineer Representative and a senior SWE member that helped with planning and event setup of numerous events throughout the year. I am looking forward to continuing to expand the section and recruit other members through socials and events. 

The VP of Member Services can be reached at swescv.memberservices@gmail.com

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Vice President of Career Development

Sarah Sullivan

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Currently Working in: HVAC Construction Industry 

Sarah is an Engineering Supervisor at Air Systems, Inc. Sarah has been a member of SWE-SCV for four years since she moved to San Jose. She graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a Mechanical Engineering Degree focusing on Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). She's also an active member in  ASHRAE and SMACNA.

The VP of Career Development can be reached at swescv.careerdevelopment@gmail.com 

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Vice President of Outreach

Lucy Kaye

Major:  Mechanical Engineering

Currently Working in: Renewable Industry

Lucy works as a Test Engineer at an energy startup in Menlo Park (Mainspring Energy). She grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended Harvey Mudd College for undergrad where she became very involved with SWE and outreach. She recently finished her Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University where she helped grow and establish the Graduate SWE chapter as well as the Mechanical Engineering Women’s Group.

The VP of Outreach can be reached at swescv.outreach@gmail.com 

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Treasurer

Dr. Ceal Craig

Ceal worked in high tech for 35 plus years in senior management roles (Program Management & Manufacturing), beginning with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and then a MSE in ME from CalState Fullerton. Later in life, she earned a PhD in Education from Walden University studying the influence of FIRST robotics on young women's career decisions. She was active in SWE from college until the late 1990s, taking a break, and then reengaging almost 10 years ago. A SWE Fellow (2017), she has held section roles (LA/Orange County, Texas, and Santa Clara Valley), Region roles, and national committee chair positions. She is active in several not-for-profit organizations as an officer and BOD member. Married 47 years to a fellow Buckeye engineer, they have five cats and 27-year old bird.  

 

The Treasurer can be reached at swescv.treasurer@gmail.com

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Secretary

Lydia Aman

Major: Chemical Engineering & Biological Engineering

Currently Working in: Food Manufacturing

Lydia works as an engineering project manager for Cargill Salt. She graduated in 2018 with two engineering degrees in Chemical engineering and Biological engineering from Montana State. Lydia’s very enthusiastic about promoting women in STEM through SWE. She was an active member in her collegiate chapter and have recently joined the SWE SCV chapter in 2019.

The Secretary can be reached at swescv.secretary@gmail.com

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