Girl Day, Vermont Engineer of the Year, & Top TVA Engineer (February 2019)

Thursday, February 21, is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day), which according to DiscoverE “helps focus a growing movement to inspire girls’ futures so they learn they have a place in engineering a better world.”

In the image above, Ashley B. McCleery, FL D 2020, volunteers at the UCF CECS Engineer’s Fair! The chapter presented “Little Package. Big Idea.” exhibit, which showcased the different engineering professions with interactive models. Another popular Girl Day event is hosted at the University of Texas at Austin on Saturday, Feb. 23.

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Janette K. Bombardier, P.E. (VT A ’80), has been named Vermont’s 2019 Engineer of the Year according to an article from the Rutland Herald. Bombardier serves as chief technology officer for Chroma Technology, a manufacturer of optical filters.

She was selected “for this award based on her technical accomplishments, stature in the profession, contributions to professional organizations and involvement in the community.” Bombardier previously worked as a director for IBM and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Vermont.

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The first female to win the top Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) engineering award is Marjorie S. Parsons, P.E. (TN Z ’98), a senior manager and electrical engineer. She has been with TVA for 31 years and received the Ike Zeringue Engineer of the Year award on Feb. 14.

Parsons is now eligible to compete as a finalist in the Federal Engineer of the Year Award to be announced later this month. Read the article for more information on Parsons who is “an industrial technical leader in the development of standards impacting regional grid reliability” and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in electrical engineering.

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