Representatives from the Diversity Council
Chinese Institute of Engineers-USA
Alex Chao is a Project Engineer with 787 Major Projects and Technology since November 2010. He joined The Boeing Company in 2005 as a Materials and Process Engineer for Chemical Technology. In that role, he led several technology development projects for coatings and finishes. In Spring of 2010, he helped provide on-site material & process production support at Fuji Heavy Industries in Nagoya, Japan for the 787 Program. Alex also served as leader for the Boeing Enterprise Coatings Natural Work Group responsible for enhancing coatings technology knowledge and information sharing across company stakeholders. In addition to the extensive work performed for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Alex has also supported multiple Boeing Defense, Space & Security projects including the C-17, Delta II, and Delta IV.Alex has a bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering from UCLA and a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from USC.
Chinese Institute of Engineers-USA
Lingjia Liu, Ph.D.
Dr. Lingjia Liu, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Engineer working in the Dallas Telecommunication R&D Center of Samsung Electronics. He is currently working on the standardization of LTE-Advanced system, which has been regarded as the global candidate for beyond 4G cellular standard. Dr. Liu’s achievements and outstanding contributions have led to international acknowledgment in the community, which includes more than 10 journal papers and more than 10 U.S. patents.
Dr. Liu shows great leadership and helps boost the image of the Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE) – USA /DFW Chapter (Dallas Fort-Worth Chapter) among students and young professionals. More than 50 new members have joined to the organization due to his efforts. He is also the organizer and the host of the telecommunication symposium which benefits engineers in DFW area.
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals
Heidi Bauer, a Project Engineer for the Water Business Group of CH2M HILL, worked as a wastewater treatment operator for two years after earning a master’s of Environmental Science and Engineering. Her work as a wastewater treatment engineer has focused on developing improvements to the wastewater treatment processes for several municipalities in Colorado to enhance nutrient removal and consequently improve river water quality. Heidi also serves as the chair for the Young Professionals Committee, a joint committee of the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association and the Rocky Mountain Water Environmental Association. As a member of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Heidi also serves as an alumni mentor to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Engineers student organization at the Colorado School of Mines.
Society of Women Engineers
Jillian Nondorf, Principal Engineer at Oshkosh Corporation, serves the corporation as a material expert. Her responsibilities range from failure analysis to material research and development. Jillian was instrumental in the manufacture of the armored hull for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle (MRAP M-ATV) used in Afghanistan by the U.S. Military. She developed a work request submission system to stream-line work flow in the corporate lab. Her current work includes light-weighting initiatives for Defense programs.As an advocate for engineering outreach, Jillian has held multiple roles within the Society of Women Engineers. She served two years as Outreach Chair of the Wisconsin Section where she coordinated events with local schools and Girl Scouts and is currently President and active in outreach. She is a committee member for the Girls, Engineering, Math, Science Program, and serves as a Mentor for the Horatio Alger Association, which aims to assist students who have faced extreme diversity in their lives.
Ting Lu, Ph.D.
Ting Lu, Ph.D., an Engineering Intern with Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, strives to protect public health and solve emerging environmental problems by integrating engineering and science. Her work provides a better understanding, optimization and control of engineered biological systems to remove contaminates from water and soil to protect public health and environment. By applying an interdisciplinary approach including ecological based modeling, molecular tools, chemical engineering and GIS mapping techniques, she successfully evaluated wastewater treatment plants performance under toxic shock loadings, developed biomarkers to evaluate the effectiveness of bioremediation processes at Superfund sites, studied algae as an alternative energy source, and identified pollution loadings while monitoring water quality within a watershed.
Jie Xu, Ph.D.
Dr. Jie Xu, Ph.D., has made major achievements in past five years that include the discovery of superharmonic waves at gas/liquid interfaces and the invention of a novel in-chip drop on demand technology. The latter one published in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering was highlighted by Institute of Physics for its “novelty, significance and potential impact on future research.” Dr. Xu later further invented a single cell encapsulation technology based on the drop on demand invention. These discoveries and inventions have broad applications in developing future portable medical devices. For example, one of his dreams is to develop a blood testing “App” for an iPhone. Very recently, Dr. Xu and his coworkers invented a novel way of enhancing boiling heat transfer by 100% with potential applications spanning from faster-cooking-pans to heat absorption materials for spacecraft.
Fela Odeyemi, received his Bachelors degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Masters degree in Electrical/Telecommunication Engineering and he is currently a PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics department at Drexel University. Fela is a research fellow at the A.J Drexel plasma institute and his main research area is Plasma Assisted Fuel conversion and hydrogen production. Currently, he is working on Low Temperature Plasma Conversion of Natural Gas & Low Value Hydrocarbons into Hydrogen and Solid Carbon Suboxides without Carbon dioxide (CO2) Emissions. This study has the potential to revolutionize the way energy is used today. The study aims to develop and demonstrate a system whereby energy can be extracted from hydrocarbons fuels without the emission of CO2. The result is you can power automobiles, power plants, industrial turbines etc with fossil fuels without emitting carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas known to be detrimental to the balance of global temperature. CO2 represents about 60% of all green house gases which are responsible for global warming.
Fela also mentors freshmen engineering students at Drexel University on how to design and develop simple Fuel Cell Systems as an auxiliary or emergency power source. Fuel cell technology is designed to provide electrical energy for cars, rural communities and low power devices.
Fran Lee, a Senior Systems Engineer with Motorola, holds a bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering and a master’s of Telecommunications Engineering for the University of Maryland. Since 2002 she has been involved with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Women in Engineering (WIE) Program at the University of Maryland. She has volunteered many hours to provide outreach to middle and high school girls. She successfully wrote grants to raise funds to support many of these programs. She volunteered countless hours to help organize the 2008 WIE Dream Conference, a free day-long conference for 300+ high school girls to learn about how engineering is a society-serving career. She is frequently on campus to share her experiences as a Senior Systems Engineer for Motorola through serving on panels and participating in networking events. In her current job, she specializes in designing and optimizing voice and data coverage and performing coverage testing for system validation for public safety radios.