Your FY17 Dallas SWE Leadership Team is here to help you make the most of your professional membership! You can view our Officer role descriptions here (per our Section Bylaws). If you are interested in becoming an officer, section representative, or committee chairperson, contact us at email@example.com.
President – Shelley Stracener
Shelley has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Baylor University and works as an Senior Electrical Engineer for Abbot (formerly St. Jude Medical) in Plano. She specializes in PCB design, firmware development, and system integration. Shelley has worked in a variety of industries including server storage, electronics in aviation, and now medical devices. She has been a SWE member since 2002 and recently became a Life Member. As a SWE Magazine Editorial Board member and past webmaster and social media manager for two SWE sections and Region C, Shelley uses her passion for communication, connections, and mentoring to enable SWE members to reach their full potential. She is an avid cyclist and also enjoys crochet, scrapbooking, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Executive Vice President – Nandika Anne DSouza
Nandika Anne D’Souza, Ph.D., P.E. is a Professor in Mechanical and Energy Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas. Nandika also serves as faculty advisor to the UNT SWE section. The focus of her teach and research is on mechanics, design, polymers, and failure analysis. She is a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers. She lives in Plano with her husband, son, and daughter and enjoys reading, movies, and exploring new places, cultures, and foods.
Vice President of Membership – Zaineb Ahmad
Zaineb Ahmad earned her BS in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and her MS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She currently works as the Business Analyst for MEDHOST’s perioperative applications in Plano, TX. She has been recognized as a UAB School of Engineering 45 Engineers Making a Difference Honoree and Dallas SWE’s FY16 Distinguished New Engineer. As an active member of SWE, she serves on several committees at the section, region, and society level. She started serving as Dallas SWE Vice President of Membership in FY16.Buffer
Vice President of Outreach – Samica Norman
Samica Norman earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 2001. She then continued her education at Wayne State University earning a MBA in 2004. She has been in the Dallas area since 2013. She is a member of Dallas SWE’s Membership and Outreach committee. Currently, Samica is a Primary Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Outside of work she enjoys volunteering, attending and watching sporting events, traveling and playing golf.
Treasurer – Liz Hainey
Liz earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, and her M.S.E. and PhD in Chemical Engineering from The University of Michigan. After spending 10 years in the Oil & Gas industry, Liz joined Raytheon, where she is now a Technical Director for the ISR Knowledge and Awareness Systems business unit. She oversees the overall technical development for the department, and works closely with Business Development to provide innovative solutions to DoD customers. Liz is excited to be part of the Dallas SWE chapter so that she can expand her current mentoring roles within Raytheon to future women engineers. Liz lives in Plano with her husband and two boys, and enjoys playing both tennis and golf.
Secretary & Webmaster – Amber Scheurer
Amber has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida. She moved to Dallas in 2012 to begin working as a Process Engineer for Texas Instruments and after 3 years in that group she was accepted into the DLP® Products Engineering Rotation Program where she currently works. Amber held multiple positions as a collegiate SWE member including president of the UCF SWE section and as a professional she served the UTD SWE section as their counselor for 3 years. She has been involved in planning, executing, or speaking in at least one major outreach event every year since joining SWE in 2008 with an emphasis on parent/educator content.
Section Representative – Amanda Posadas
Amanda Posadas recently moved to Dallas in June 2013 to start her career with AT&T as a Specialist-Applications Developer focusing on performance management operation support systems. In 2013 she graduated with her MS in Systems Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). In 2011 she earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT). During in college, she was an active member of SWE as an officer at NMT and nominating chair at UTEP. Amanda enjoys volunteering, cooking, watching movies, and exploring the Dallas area.
Section Representative – Barbara Read
Section Representative – Pam Duffy
Pam Duffy, P.E. is a Senior Product Manager for Lennox International. She has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Central Florida and earned her P.E. license in 2013. In 2014, Pam was named to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s list of 40 under 40. Pam has been involved in SWE since 2004 and has held various leadership roles at both the Section and Region level. She has served as Atlanta Section Secretary and Webmaster, and Region D Treasurer, Membership Chair, Webmaster, and Region Collegiate Representative. Pam has also supported Region D’s conference efforts, serving as a conference planning co-chair from 2004-2006, followed by nearly 5 years on Region D’s conference planning committee where she supported the efforts of each year’s conference committee from a regional level, including helping to support the conference bid process.
Chairs and Coordinators
Fundraising Committee Chair – Open
Membership Committee Chair – Sarah Green
Sarah Green earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University. She is a food process engineer and has worked on a variety of food and beverage products. Sarah currently is a Process Development Engineer in R&D for Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Sarah has been involved in SWE since she was a freshmen at Purdue and held several leadership roles in outreach during her collegiate years. Her favorite things about SWE are networking with fellow engineers, professional development events, and volunteering for outreach events.
Outreach Awards Committee Chair – Open
Outreach STEM Committee Chair – Open
Outreach Design Your World Committee Chair – Barbara Vilbig
See biography below in the Dallas SWE Investment Committee section.
Nominating Committee Chair – Open
Professional Award Committee Chair – Zaineb Ahmad
See biography above for VP of Membership.
Programs Committee Chair – Nandika D’Souza
See biography above for Executive VP.
Scholarship Committee Chair – Lynn Mortensen
Lynn Mortensen has a BS in Computer Science from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and has spent 30 plus years in the aerospace and defense industry. She retired from the Raytheon Company in 2013 having held many positions within the company in program management, product development and engineering management. Lynn has supported several SWE national conferences as a speaker. In 2016, she received a Dallas SWE Section Award for being a STEM Advocate. Lynn is active in the community promoting STEM through her participation, not only in SWE, but also as a member of the Tech Titans STEM Talent Team, the University of Texas at Dallas Jonsson School of Engineering Industry Advisory Council, the University of Texas at Arlington Engineering School Industry Advisory Board, STEM Advisory Board Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and as an active supporter of FIRST and BEST robotics.
Social Media Committee Chair – Kim Concillado
Kim is a controls engineer at Wynright Corporation and received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University. She has been a dedicated volunteer in Dallas SWE since she moved to the area in 2016, and she now leads our social media communications activities on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Outside of SWE, Kim spends her weekends caring for tigers, lions, bobcats and cougars as a volunteer and strong wildlife conservation advocate at In-Sync Exotics. She is also passionate about child abuse prevention and frequents the Dallas courts as a trained advocate of Dallas CASA. She can also be found on the University of Texas – Dallas campus as a Panhellenic alumni advisor for the Delta Zeta chapter.
This team provides historical perspective and guidance on Dallas SWE’s financial investment accounts, primarily to ensure funding for scholarships. Terms for each member run for 3 years.
Barbara J. Vilbig, P.E. is the administrative manager of Vilbig and Associates, PLLC (VA) established in 1983 by Barbara and her husband David in Dallas, Texas, continuing the tradition of the Vilbig’s in the construction industry and business in Dallas since 1886. She has been a member of Society of Women Engineers (SWE) since 1992, when she learned of the organization from an employee who worked for Vilbig & Associates. She was not aware of the organization during college. Barbara became active in Dallas SWE around 2000 when her “Mom responsibilities” began to lessen. She volunteered and assisted with the Girl Scout Badge Workshop and continued to be on the committee and chaired the event a few times. She served as Webmaster, Treasurer, and President. She continues to volunteer and serve Dallas SWE where ever there is a need. (Term expires 6/30/17)
Amy Herbel is a mechanical engineer at Trinity Industries. Since 2010 she has worked in the TrinityRail business group. She is responsible for the design of specific railcars and engineering project management for each customer order of those railcars from receipt of sales order through delivery. Her responsibilities include customizing the design to meet customer specifications and providing engineering support throughout the manufacturing process, as well as processing all change orders and insuring the product meets all regulatory requirements. Amy holds both bachelors and masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. (Term expires 6/30/18)
Tram completed her BS in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal Canada, where she grew up. She has worked in a variety of industries including Telecom (at Ericsson, both in Montreal and Plano), Manufacturing (Intertek Engineering Laboratories) and now finance (Guardian). Tram helps bringing awareness and knowledge to people, information she wished to know when entering the work force. She is fluent in English, French and Vietnamese. Tram is a proud mother of a 19 year old daughter, a sophomore at San Francisco University on a golf scholarship, and a 14 year old son, a high school freshman. Outside responsibilities, Tram volunteers in the community with nonprofit organizations such as EWB (Engineers Without Borders), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and LANWT (Legal Aid of North West Texas). (Term expires 6/30/19)
Since 1999, Liong has worked with Public Works Department of the City of Dallas, serving as a Senior Project Manager, with responsibility for managing various infrastructure projects under the Capital Project Improvement. Her responsibilities include ensuring that her projects are completed on schedule and within budget, meet their objectives while maintaining appropriate levels of quality, and are acceptable to all stakeholders. (Term expires 6/30/18)
Regional and National Leadership from Our Section
Kate Van Dellen – Region C Senator, Society Membership Committee Member
Jennifer Vilbig – Region C Nominating Committee Chair
Shelley Stracener – SWE Magazine Editorial Board Member
Nandika DSouza – Faculty Advisor for University of North Texas SWE
Grace Kaldawi – Counselor for University of Texas at Dallas SWE
Minal Issac – Counselor for Southern Methodist University SWE
Shilpa Nagaraj – Counselor for Collin College SWE
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