Meet Our Industry Advisory Board

The Women's Engineering Program IAB currently consists of 33 members.  Click on each member's name to learn more about them:

Jen Anderson - Jessica BaileyOlga BraylovskyLaurie Burgett - Mark Carroll - Chantal Faucher -

Malia Francisco - Paula GerfenBeth Green - Karen Haenke - Betsy Huigens - Anh Linh Le -

Hannah Lewbel  - Audrey Marsalek - Jenee Pearson Hughes - Cynthia Murphy -  Jan Neuser - Jennifer Nichols - 

Terri Parks - Deb PatrickLaura Pickering - Nancy Pon - Linda Reed - Julia Riss - Monique RobertsErin Shaw 

Lynda Tesillo - Kathy Thomson - Audrey Van BelleghemTracy Van Houten - Deborah Willems - Angel Yu

Jen Anderson

Vice-Chair

Amgen

Jen has been with Amgen since 2010 as an IS business analyst. She’s currently in Operations Information Systems, supporting Amgen’s Quality organization, specifically Supplier Quality Management initiatives. She previously worked in Research and Development Informatics supporting the Global Study Operations Data Management team.

Jen currently leads an affinity group called the Amgen College Hire Network (ACHN) as the Group Facilitator. The goal of ACHN is to recruit exceptionally talented students and ensure successful integration from academia to Amgen. She previously held leadership roles in ACHN as the both the overall recruiting lead and Cal Poly recruiting lead.

Prior to joining Amgen, Jen worked for a military/defense software company in San Luis Obispo, California which has since been acquired by a Boeing subsidiary, Tapestry Solutions. Jen holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Bachelor of Science in General Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Jessica Bailey

Chair

Orbital ATK, INC.

Jessica Bailey is a Senior Integration & Test Engineer for Orbital ATK’s Launch Vehicle Division at Vandenberg Air Force Base, where she has worked on five different launch vehicle programs and supported over 60 missions during her 9 year career.  Over the past year, she has been supporting the establishment of a new Orbital ATK field-site location and launch vehicle program at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, where she has been instrumental in implementing the company’s best practices.  She will be a lead I&T engineer on the Minotaur-C launch vehicle which is scheduled to launch a commercial imaging satellite from Vandenberg AFB in 2016.  Previously, she was the lead field-site Mechanical I&T Engineer on our Nation's Ground-based Missile Defense Program for several years. 

Jessica has been a member of Society of Women Engineers since 2002 and has served as the Treasurer for the Central Coast Professional SWE Section since 2009.  Jessica earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2006 and an MS in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University in 2011.  She has served on the Women’s Engineering Program Industrial Advisory Board at Cal Poly SLO since 2009.  When she's not launching rockets, Jessica enjoys traveling and wine tasting on the Central Coast with her husband and hiking with their two dogs.

Olga Braylovsky

Intuit

Olga Braylovsky is senior business and technology executive with over 19 years track record of helping global organizations transform themselves through technology, process and data insights.  She is a passionate leader who focuses on driving change, growing talent and solving complex, cross-organizational challenges.  Olga started her career in HR Technology, successfully leading and delivering strategic technology programs working with companies across different industries.  She built a couple of consulting practices and expanded her expertise to broader enterprise applications.  Olga spent over six years at Yahoo in senior roles in Finance, HR and IT; her last role was a Vice President of Corporate Applications with accountability for all enterprise systems.  While at Yahoo, Olga received Super Star Leader award.  Currently, Olga is a Vice President of Workforce Technology, responsible for the infrastructure, applications and security solutions, enabling and support the company’s workforce.  Olga prides herself on her ability to build strong, long term relationships with customers, stakeholders, partners, and business leaders and deliver strong results through collaboration and influence.  She is actively involved in Women in Technology community and related initiatives; Olga is currently on the Intuit’s Technical Women Executive Advisory Board.  In 2016, Olga was recognized as one of the SF Bay Area Most Influential Women in Business.  Olga earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in business administration from San Francisco State University. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, traveling, enjoying good food in the company of great friends and reading.

Laurie Burgett

Solar Turbines Inc.

Laurie holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University which has allowed her to work in a variety of interesting positions over 15 years to support Solar’s business - from the very technical to highly business-focused. Prior to joining Solar, she was employed at Hughes Missile Systems as a mechanical engineer working with cruise missiles and Tomahawk variants.

After joining Solar as a Mechanical Designer, she became Manager of Engineering Design/Layout and Computer Aided Design with 55 members focusing on industrial gas turbines. Five years later, she moved to Manager of Combustion Engineering where she was responsible for an R&D budget of over $30M. There, she and her team were accountable for design and qualification of combustion-related systems and equipment as well as sponsorship of research on low emissions, non-standard fuels, CFD technologies and fuel flexibility programs. Her next opportunity was to lead a factory of 225 employees producing over $165 million/yr of turbine hot section components. There, she and her staff implemented 6 Sigma lean manufacturing techniques. Next, she was assigned to Customer Services, managing Worldwide Service Parts Planning and Purchasing. Her focus, with the team, was to improve service quality to Solar’s end customers. Laurie is now on special assignment as a Project Manager in Global Business Process Compliance where she is working with offices worldwide to ensure compliance to a number of Caterpillar initiatives.

While all her assignments have been interesting, one of her favorites has been working with Cal Poly SLO toprovide industry support and meeting great future engineers!

Mark Carroll

HPE

Mark Carroll holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Physics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He currently works for HPE and is responsible for the general management and R&D of the Wireless LAN business. This consists of Product Management, Engineering, and Operations. Prior to this position he also served as VP and CTO for HP Networking, leading the technical and strategic direction for Data Center and Enterprise including Converged Campus. 

Prior to HP, Mark was the VP and GM of Wireless Infrastructure and Networking BU at Qualcomm. In this role, he was responsible for connectivity and networking products. He also served as the Vice President, Engineering, and Product Management for Linksys Division at Cisco where he led engineering and product management for carrier, SMB, and retail.

In addition to serving on the Women's Engineering Program Industry Advisory Board, he also serves on the non-profit Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. 

Chantal Faucher

Net App

Chantal has been with NetApp since 2005, first as a Director for Test and Quality, and then as a Sr. Director of OPS Engineering and NPI Program Management.  She is currently responsible for leading the Operations Engineering organization for the manufacturing, testing, and quality of all NetApp products.

Chantal is a seasoned leader focused on defining strategies and driving execution to achieve best in class results. She manages engineers located in 6 different regions and is consistently rated a top performer.  She is passionate about creating and leading talented teams to deliver results with innovation and decision empowerment.

Chantal received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Université de Sherbrooke and  BA from Université de Montréal.

Malia Francisco

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Malia Francisco Farkas is a Systems Engineer and program resiliency mission lead at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale, CA. She has been with Lockheed Martin since 2007, holding a variety of positions including thermal engineer, systems safety engineer and multiple project management technical lead positions. She has experience in various technical disciplines ranging from facility analysis and operation, facility and product design, fluid and thermal analysis, systems engineering, launch system integration and operations, systems operation, system safety and technical project management. 

Before Lockheed Martin, Malia previously worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation as a Launch Operations Systems Engineer testing spacecraft launch and deployment systems in orbit. 
Malia Francisco Farkas received her bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University in 2005. 
She is a determined and energetic engineer with exceptional leadership, communication, organizational, people and technical skills. She has been extensively involved in the Society of Women Engineers over her career with various positions at the section, region and society level.

Paula Gerfen

PG&E

Paula Gerfen is the Station Director for Pacific Gas and Electric Company at Diablo Canyon Power Plant.  She oversees all aspects of plant operations, maintenance, daily and outage planning, chemistry and radiation protection.  In addition to her daily responsibilities, Paula maintains qualifications as the Emergency Director on one of the Emergency Response Organization teams to ensure the safety of the plant, workers and public. 

Paula began her career at Diablo Canyon Power Plant as a Digital Engineer and progressed to Station Director through many positions such as Maintenance Manager, Operations Shift Foreman, Operations Shift Manager, Sr. Manager, Station Director Support, and Director, Operations Services.

Prior to joining DCPP, she served in the United States Air Force. 

Paula has held a Senior Reactor Operating License and has a Computer Science degree from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo.

Beth Green

Northrop Grumman

Beth is Sr. Manager, Global Supply Chain Integration. In this role, she is responsible for setting and supporting GSC strategy, operating objectives and providing guidance to the organization based on goals, objectives & company policy.  Beth also manages the GSC Intern Program for the sector.

Previously, Beth was Senior Corporate Manager, Supply Chain Operations & RSKOM at the Corporate Office, Manager, Subcontract Performance & Execution; Project Manager & Operations, Subcontract and Strategic Alliance Management; Risk Manager and Strategic Planning; Materiel SEIT; and Subcontract Administrator. Beth has worked multiple development and production programs, international and domestic.

Beth is a recipient of the Society of Women Engineers Emerging Leader Award, DC Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS) Young Engineer of the Year Award, and NGIS President’s Award.  

Beth is Past Chair of the ISM Risk Management Group Board, Chair of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo’s Womens Engineer Program Industry Advisory Board, and past Board member of LMU’s MBA Alumni Association. 

Beth graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Management; received a MBA with a dual major in Finance and Mgmt/ Org. Behavior and MS in Systems Engineering from Loyola Marymount University. She holds certificates in Systems Engineering from Caltech and International Management from LMU.  She completed the Technical Management Program and Leadership Program for Women at the University of California Los Angeles Extension.

Karen Haenke

SCITOR

Betsy Huigens

San Francisco International Airport

Betsy is a civil engineer whose experience spans planning, design, and project management of infrastructure projects including airports, roadways, commercial, industrial, and residential development. She is a Development Manager at the Port of Portland. Her previous roles include supporting the Capital Improvement Program at the San Francisco International Airport, planning, design, and construction support of airfield facilities and supporting infrastructure at the Hamad International Airport (previously known as the New Doha International Airport), airfield planning at London's Gatwick Airport, planning and design of residential and industrial facilities and supporting infrastructure at the Waad Al-Shamaal New Industrial and Residential City, design of site improvements with a focus on sustainable design solutions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and planning and design in support of the Gabon National Infrastructure Master Plan in West Africa.

Anh Linh Le

Boeing

Hannah Lewbel

Lewbel Consultancy

Hannah Lewbel is an experienced technology leader and passionate advocate for diversity and equality. She has over 15 years inspiring and leading technical collaborative teams, building trust in both her personal and business relationships, designing and executing on high-quality consumer and accessibility products, developing new technologies, and improving innovation and processes. Hannah has worked for Apple designing the first Mac Mini and Amazon as a technical lead and then engineering manager for the early Kindle e-reader and Kindle Fire tablet products.

She leads business and client relations, and oversees software and hardware technical development for both the Lewbel Consultancy and partner organizations as a technical advisor.

Hannah is a strong, proactive role model for girls in STEM programs and an advocate for women in technology industries. She's a board member for orgs that focus on improving women's rights globally, a speaker and panelist at women in tech events, and an advisor for technical University departments and Women in Engineering programs. Hannah earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Full-Stack Software Engineering certificate from Hackbright Academy in San Francisco.

Audrey Marsalek

PG&E

Audrey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  She is currently serving as Chief of Staff to the SVP of Shared Services at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) in San Francisco.   Audrey started her career as an industrial engineering supervisor at United Parcel Service, with roles such as volume forecasting, load planning, route design and time study analysis.  She later joined the consulting firm Protiviti, Inc., where she worked as a supply chain manager in the warehouse/inventory management, sourcing/procurement and contract management fields.   Audrey joined PG&E’s supply chain group in 2011, before taking on broader roles within the Shared Services organization such as General Rate Case management, enterprise technology prioritization, and her current role as Chief of Staff to the SVP of Shared Services.  Audrey currently sits on PG&E’s Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (W-STEM) advisory board and works to continuously keep focus on developing, hiring and retaining W-STEM candidates within PG&E.

Jenee Pearson Hughes

Google

Cynthia Murphy

Chevron

Cynthia Murphy-Ortega is currently a Manager with University Partnerships and Association Relations of Chevron Corporation.  Her organization manages Chevron’s relationships with universities and professional societies and institutes throughout the world.  Cynthia joined Chevron in 1991 as an engineer with the Richmond Refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She held various engineering, maintenance, operations, financial, business planning and process safety management positions. 

Cynthia then went on to work in the technology arena with the Chevron Energy Technology Company in 1998.  She developed and managed Chevron’s technical competency development programs for new hires in refining and exploration & production roles.  She also worked in the Process Planning Group and performed process modeling on large-scale projects.  In her role as Organizational Capability Manager with the Process, Analytical and Catalysis Dept, she supported technical competency management, staffing/recruitment, new hire and competency development, and business planning. 

Cynthia participates on various Boards including the Dean’s Advisory Committee, the Chemical Engineering Advisory Committee, the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Advisory Committee and the Leadership in Engineering Advancement Diversity and Retention Advisory Committee at UC Davis; the Pacific Region Board for INROADS; the Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity Advisory Committee at CU Boulder; the Industry Advisory Council for Minority Education Opportunities at MIT; the Petroleum Geosciences Advisory Board and Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board at Chulalongkorn University/Thailand; and the Corporate Membership Council of the American Society of Engineering Education.  She holds memberships in various societies including AIChE, SWE and NACE. Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis. 

Jan Neuser

Aera Energy LLC

Jennifer Nichols

TriMedx

Ms. Nichols is currently a Clinical Engineering Manager with TriMedx in Los Angeles. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2003, earning a BS in Industrial Engineering and a MS in Engineering with a Specialization in Integrated Technology Management.  Jenn's engineering career began at UPS, specializing in logistics and supply chain.

In 2011, Jenn accepted a position with TriMedx, a healthcare equipment service firm.  TriMedx provides clinical technology management services including equipment repair, preventative maintenance, and data management to healthcare organization.  After six months of training and job shadowing, Jenn was offered the position of Clinical Engineering Manager at Glendale Memorial Hospital.  There she has implemented new processes for technician accountability, established weekly department meetings, launched cost controls measures, and several other items to improve the hospital's practices.

Jenn has been recognized for her contributions with the following awards: SWE New Faces in Engineering, Los Angeles Council of Engineers and Scientists Outstanding New Engineer, and Inductee to Who's Who in America in Science and Engineering.

Danielle Nishida

Keysight

Danielle Nishida received her bachelors and masters degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University. She has been with Keysight Technologies since 2014, where she first worked as an R&D Intern for Software and Modular Solutions Group.  She returned after graduation and now works as a FPGA Engineer where she has developed a high-speed data transceiver to read and write raw data to DDR3 memory, designed a multi-module triggering system and synchronization protocol for modular measurement hardware via PCle protocol, and de-framed and monitored sequences of incoming and outgoing data over optical PHY medium.

She has also been involved with outreach efforts for Keysight’s new hire community by organizing social events, professional development workshops, and philanthropic opportunities, as well as being the Society of Women Engineers career fair committee member and serving on the Women’s Engineering Program Industry Advisory Board. 

Terri Parks

Private Contributor

Terri Parks has over 25 years of experience in the Information Systems (IS) profession.  Terri obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and later an MBA from California Lutheran University.  Terri spent 12 years at Xerox, Inc in the Printing Systems development group.  She started as a programmer and eventually became a Project Manager overseeing the development activities for Xerox’ high volume printing services.  She joined Amgen’s IS organization in early 2000 as a Senior Project Manager; later becoming a Director responsible for supporting the IS needs for the Marketing and Development organizations.  While at Amgen, Terri had managed a variety of multi-million dollar projects, including the launch of several drug products and a leading edge Customer Resource Management system that was deployed world-wide.  In addition, Terri has been actively involved in the development of IS methodologies and process improvements, serving on multiple IS governance sub-teams.   She is an active member of the Cal Poly Women’s Engineering Advisory Board, and a member of the San Buenaventura SWE Chapter.  In 2013, Terri retired and now devotes much of her time to volunteer at a local children’s rescue facility.  She resides on the Casa Pacifica Human Resources board committee as well as being a member of the Casa Pacifica ANGELS board.

Deb Patrick

Raytheon

Deb earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. She has been with Raytheon since 1985 and has held various engineering and management positions. She spent 2o years working as a thermal engineer responsible for the thermal design solutions for electro-optical sensors. After that, she spent 12 years in functional and program management.  She is now a Senior Manger Engineer.

Laura Pickering

Innovation Quest

With 30+ years in the high tech industry, Laura Pickering has a proven record as a leader and catalyst for growth. She has vast experience and success in business development, customer success, sales, marketing and product development. Having joined two very successful, high growth startups when they were young, NetApp and Oracle, Laura has spent the majority of her career contributing to and learning from the best.

Laura is currently managing partner and co-founder at Innovation Quest, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship at public universities. Most recently, Laura was CEO of Novawise, a Nova Scotia-based developer of enterprise software. Laura was also CEO and co-founder of Sizijee, Inc. a US developer of Internet applications. Laura retired from her position as vice president, Office of the CEO, and Environmental Responsibility Officer at NetApp, Inc. where she was a key advisor to and member of NetApp’s executive team and led the Company’s environmental initiatives. Prior to joining NetApp, Laura held key leadership, sales, development, and marketing positions at NetManage, Data General and Oracle.

Laura has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Nancy Pon

Fluor

Ms. Pon has over 25 years of experience in mechanical engineering design and management in the fields of oil refineries, chemical, petrochemical, cogeneration and telecommunication facilities.  Her additional responsibilities included supervising other mechanical engineers, front end engineering and staffing planning, equipment specification development, providing technical documents for procurement activities, preparing technical bid summaries, purchase requests and change orders.  She is experienced in heat transfer including thermal and mechanical design of heat exchangers utilizing HTRI and HTFS computer design software.

She is currently the Department Manager of Mechanical Engineering and Project Document and Data Management (PDDM) group that processes all engineering and Supplier documents on Projects.  Her administrative responsibilities include personnel assignments, performance assessments, annual department budget planning and other departmental activities.

These assignments included supervising and  managing Fluor's Southern California Long Beach Mechanical Engineering Group, leading task force teams responsible for meeting schedule and budget requirements supporting the overall project schedule, and individual efforts in the areas of design development, project management, plant start-up and troubleshooting.

Ms Pon’s telecommunications experience includes program coordination of the deployment and mobilization of various field offices ‘markets’ across the United States to support the overall planned market release schedule in the telecommunications industry.  Additionally, she has performed site surveys, prepared service order requests and building information forms including sketches of proposed layouts and space available.
 

Linda Reed

Private Contributor

Linda Reed is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. She holds a BS in electrical engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and a BA in advertising from Michigan State University. She retired from Northrop Grumman Space Technology in 2013. Immediately prior to retiring she was the Program Planning Manager for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency Program (AEHF).  Her prior positions include Director of Quality Space Programs in the Electronics Systems Sector Navigation Systems Division,  Director of Mission Excellence Infrastructure Space Technology Sector, and Black Belt Development Manager in Space Technology’s Six Sigma office.

Julia Riss

Secretary

Accenture

Monique Roberts

AECOM

Erin Shaw

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Lynda Tesillo

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lynda has been with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory since 2015.  She has worked as a systems engineer in LLNL’s Defense Technologies Engineering Division. She graduated Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Before graduating, Lynda held a number of internships with a variety of companies. She interned for PCL Industrial Services as a Field Engineering, for Eaton Corporation as a Clutch Engineering Intern, and for Apple Inc. as a Battery Qualification Intern. 

Kathy Thomson

Private Contributor

Kathy received a B.S. in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is retired from Lockheed Martin Space Systems after 28 years of IT experience. She held the position of Director, Operational Intelligence as well as Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO), Director of IT Operations, which included all classified computing and telecommunications, and Manager IT Security. She has experience with systems programming, application development, hardware architecture, and IT finance to name a few.

Kathy was also a member on the Board of Directors for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Employee Assistance Program, an Executive Lead on the Young Women’s Mentoring Round Table and a 2005 YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women and Industry) Award winner for the Silicon Valley.

Audrey Van Belleghem

Anita Borg Institute for Women in Computing

Audrey Van Belleghem is Vice President of Operations at the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Computing, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the representation of women in technical roles at all levels.  Additionally, Audrey serves as Vice President and General Manager of the Grace Hopper Celebration, the world's largest conference for women technologists.  In addition to her work at ABI, Audrey has formerly volunteered to serve on the TechWomen program as a Technical Mentor.  TechWomen pairs women in Silicon Valley with their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa.  Audrey has previously held Chief of Staff and Director positions at NetApp, a storage and data management company.  She is a past recipient of the Top 100 Women of Influence award, given by the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal.  Audrey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

Tracy Van Houten

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Tracy Van Houten is a systems engineer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA. Highlights from her 10-year JPL career include working as the lead systems engineer on a concurrent engineering design team called Team X and being a systems engineer on the Mars Science Laboratory project that landed Curiosity on Mars in August 2012. She is currently working on two projects -- SMAP, an orbiter launching in 2014 that will map Earth’s soil moisture and Mars2020, the Curiosity-like rover with a new science payload that will launch in 2020. Tracy is committed to inspiring the next generation of space explorers and engineers and has mentored more than twenty summer interns during her career, many of whom now work full time at JPL.

Tracy received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Cal Poly in 2004 and her M.S. in astronautical engineering from USC in 2008.  Tracy is a highly involved SWE Life Member, and has served in several local, regional and Society-level positions over her 14 years of membership, which started as a Cal Poly freshman.  Tracy was the Cal Poly SWE president for the 2002-2003 school year and was named a Distinguished New Engineer by SWE in 2012. In addition to serving on the Cal Poly SLO Women's Engineering Program Industry Advisory Board, Tracy is the chair for the engineering advisory board of a local public high school, and the president of the executive board at her church. Tracy resides in Pasadena with her husband and their two young children.

Deborah Willems

Raytheon

Deborah Willems is a Principal Manufacturing Engineer with Raytheon Vision Systems.  She currently works in a wafer and chip factory, manufacturing focal plane arrays in Lompoc. Currently the President of Raytheon Women's Network-Goleta and volunteers as member of the Lompoc Unified School District Community Education Foundation Board of Directors, and Lompoc HS STaRS mentor. In 2007 Deborah received the RWN-Goleta Women of Distinction Award and the SWE Distinguished New Engineer award in 2011. When not traveling for work, SWE or playing with her golden retriever, Deb spends her time training for triathlons and completes several half marathons each year. 

Angel Yu

Western Digital

Angel Yu is Manager of System and Reliability Firmware Development for hard disk drives at Western Digital. She manages feature development to ensure robustness and accuracy of data transfer from the host computer all the way down to the disk using cutting-edge technology that maximizes drive capacity and saves cost. She frequently collaborates with cross-functional teams from feature inception to feature release to align requirements and expectations for smooth execution to meet schedule.

Immediately after graduation from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Angel joined Western Digital, where she has risen up in various engineering and management positions. Starting as an Applications Engineer, she participated in the qualification and launch of Western Digital hard disk drives in the first generation X-box gaming console. As a Senior Firmware Engineer, she worked on complex spindle motor algorithms for mobile hard disk drives, including an experimental one-inch hard disk drive. Her management roles have taken her across the globe to the factories in Malaysia and Thailand where she led the training effort on Power ASIC failure analysis.

While Angel has been at Western Digital for over 15 years, she took a short break and joined Anheuser-Busch as a Process Engineer where she applied her firmware development skills in the brew house and mentored the Process Support Team on programming needs and process improvements.

As one of the first graduates of Cal Poly’s Electrical Engineering Joint Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Honors Program, Angel was able to pursue her Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in conjunction with her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. In 1999 she graduated Magna Cum Laude and with distinction. Angel was also an Engineering Ambassador her last 2 years at Cal Poly and received the SWE Outstanding Woman in Engineering and Technology Award. She is currently a member of Cal Poly’s Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Women’s Engineering Program industrial advisory boards.