FY16 Sonora Region Senators

Natalie Vanderspiegel, Professional Senator


Natalie VanderspiegelNatalie Vanderspiegel graduated from the Missouri University of Science & Technology with a BS in Ceramic Engineering, MS in Ceramic Engineering, and MS in Engineering Management. Natalie worked as an Engineer for Caterpillar in various locations around the US before transferring to Solar Turbines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar, as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt in San Diego, CA. In October 2013, Natalie was promoted to Materials Manager for the Advanced Combustion Systems Manufacturing Division. She holds her professional certification in production and inventory management (CPIM) with APICS.

Natalie is a Professional Life Member of SWE. She has served as Section President, Vice President, Secretary, and Representative for the San Diego Professional Section. Her involvement in SWE extends with committee leadership roles at the Region and Society levels. Most recently, she served as the Chair for the Society’s Program Development Grant Committee. In 2015, she started her role as Senator for Region B.

Natalie’s philanthropic resume includes work with the American Cancer Society, Human Rights Campaign, and leadership in several of Caterpillar’s Employee Resource Groups. Natalie holds four US patents and has been the recipient of the 40 Leaders Under Forty Award for Central Illinois (2010), the Distinguished Alumni Award for Ceramic Engineering at MS&T (2011), the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the MS&T Alumni Department (2011), the Emerging Leader Award from the Sonora Region of SWE (2013), and the Distinguished New Engineer Award at the Society level with SWE (2014).

Deb Willems, Professional Senator


Deb WillemsDeb Willems is the Production Manager for 3D and SiPIN Wafer Manufacturing with Raytheon Vision Systems based in Santa Barbara. She is responsible for the overall cost and schedule for factory commitments and holds a key role in setting the strategic direction for the department and resources to keep up with factory growth demands. Deb has served on numerous SWE committees and task forces including the roles of Deputy Director of the Senate, Senator, Governor, Section representative (professional and collegiate), committee chair and Section President (professional and collegiate). She currently volunteers the Site Director for Raytheon Women’s Network and RayVETS , the veteran employee resource group. Debs’ technical career started as a helicopter mechanic in the Nevada Army National Guard and transitioned through roles in systems engineering, production control, manufacturing engineering and supplier quality. Deb has been recognized for her leadership, mentoring and dedication to outreach as a Raytheon Women of Distinction and SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award recipient.

Carina Hahn, Collegiate Senator


Hahn-Headshot Carina Hahn is a graduate student at The University of Utah and will be receiving both her bachelors and masters in Materials Science and Engineering in May 2016. She will be graduating from the Honors College as a Community Engaged Scholar and Undergraduate Research Scholar with minors in French and Dance. Her research interests are in improving thin film solar cell technology using benign and earth abundant materials. She has served as her SWE section’s Secretary for three years and is excited to take on the role of Region B Senator this year. In SWE she enjoys being involved in outreach and being a mentor to both high school and college freshman girls. This year Carina is a recipient of the SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member Award. In her free time she loves to be outside skiing, biking, running, camping, traveling and just enjoying the outdoors.

FY15 Senators
Tracy Van Houten, Professional Senator
Justina Mikels, Professional Senator
Olivia Leonhardt, Collegiate Senator

FY14 Senators
Tracy Van Houten, Professional Senator
Frances Stuart, Professional Senator
Celine Liong, Collegiate Senator

FY13 Senators
Amy Jo Bowdidge, Professional Senator
Frances Stuart, Professional Senator
Wendy Merkley, Collegiate Senator

FY12 Senators
Amy Jo Bowdidge, Professional Senator
Frances Stuart, Professional Senator
Kimberly Otteson, Collegiate Senator
Stacie Suggs, Alternate Professional Senator 

FY11 Senators
Deb Willems, Professional Senator
Penny Wirsing, Professional Senator
Christine Koloveas, Collegiate Senator
Stacie Suggs, Alternate Professional Senator

FY10 Senators
Deb Willems, Professional Senator
Penny Wirsing, Professional Senator
Amy Jo Bowdidge, Collegiate Senator
Sharron Casscaden, Alternate Professional Senator

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