We’re starting a new member appreciation initiative this year: Dallas SWE Member of the Month! With this program we hope to recognize some of our non-officer members whose technical contributions, leadership accomplishments, or SWE volunteer service are particularly noteworthy. If you would like to nominate a Dallas SWE member for his/her contributions, please email us.
This month, we would like to recognized Stephanie Watts Butler, Ph.D, P.E.! At WE16 in Philadelphia this month, she will accept the SWE Achievement Award, the highest honor given by the Society of Women Engineers. Congratulations, Stephanie!
Stephanie Watts Butler, Ph.D., P.E., has produced innovations in the semiconductor industry in the areas of control, process and package development, R&D management, and new product development. She currently is the Technology Innovation Architect in Texas Instruments’ High Voltage Power Solutions business unit, driving new technology innovations from concept to revenue by leading partnerships with TI’s technology organizations, manufacturing sites, universities, and product development teams. The result is amazing power semiconductors that enable TI’s customers to make smaller, lighter, and more energy efficient products. Dr. Butler has authored more than 40 papers and 16 U.S. patents. She is a Fellow of AVS and a Senior Member of IEEE and AIChE. SWE has honored Dr. Butler with the 2016 Achievement Award, and the Dallas Business Journal selected her as a 2015 Woman in Technology. She serves on the TxGCP Champion Board and UT Austin Department of Chemical Engineering Advisory Council.
My involvement with SWE began as a freshman in college. SWE was a supportive environment to develop my leadership and community service skills as part of a technical community. As a working professional, SWE continues to be a supportive environment for each new generation of engineers entering the workforce, while also providing opportunities to keep leadership and service skills fine-tuned throughout my career. The Dallas SWE section is an active community with different opportunities to easily network with people from a broad range of industries and even academia. I’m learning from individuals and situations that I would be unable to experience if I only focused on organizations within my industry. I’m also proud of the work the section does to introduce girls (and boys) to the exciting world of STEM and produce the next generation of innovators.