FY17 Sonora Region Senators

Britany Chamberlain


Britany ChamberlainBritany Chamberlain is a master’s student studying Aerospace Engineering at Utah State University (USU). She is a 2016 NASA Space Technology Research Fellow with a primary research focus on hybrid rocket propulsion applications for small satellites. She received a BS in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in aerospace engineering and a minor in business from USU in December 2015.

Britany has been a SWE member since 2011 and has since held the positions of Section President, Vice President of Student Affairs, and Media Director.

Some of Britany’s favorite hobbies include snowboarding, camping, and attempting crafts she finds on Pinterest. She enjoys reading science fiction and high fantasy novels; her favorite series is The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist.

Natalie Vanderspiegel


Natalie Vanderspiegel

Natalie 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 (Solar), a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar, as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt in San Diego, CA. In 2016, Natalie was promoted to Value Stream Manager for the Controls Manufacturing & Test department in Solar’s Kearny Mesa facility. In this role, Natalie manages a team of ~ 60 hourly production employees on two shifts and five salary support team members. Her team is responsible for manufacturing and testing all control consoles and stations for Solar’s new production and aftermarket customers. 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), the Distinguished New Engineer Award at the Society level with SWE (2014), and the Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead Honoree Award (2016).

Fran Stuart


fran-swe-portraitFrances (Fran) Stuart is a 30 year plus SWE member who was recently announced as an FY17 Distinguished Service Award recipient.

During that time she has been very active and held leadership positions in the Orange County and Central New Mexico Sections and the MALs, the Sonora Region, and at the Society level. Fran served as the last Region B Director and first Region B Governor. She has been an integral part of many Region B conferences including co-chairing the first ever joint one with Region J in Las Vegas. Fran is retired after a career that spanned three years in the military, four years at Georgia Tech, twenty years in aerospace operations, and ten years as a small engineering business partner.

Fran and her husband Mike (also an engineer) are retired and are enjoying the good life on a ten acre ranchette in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. They enjoy travelling in their motor home especially to NASCAR events. Fran loves to read and enjoys quilting and needlework.

FY16 Senators

Natalie Vanderspiegel, Professional Senator
Deb Willems, Professional Senator
Carina Hahn, Collegiate Senator

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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