Meet the 2024 Advisory Board
The WE Local Advisory Board is made up of SWE leaders from across the U.S. who guide the strategic development of the conferences. Meet the leaders who make WE Local a success!
Pramita Mitra is currently a Group Leader, Exterior and Blockchain Applications within the Research and Advanced Engineering (R&A) organization at Ford Motor Company. In her current role, Pramita leads a team of engineers to deliver world-class solutions for factories of the future and vehicle ownership experiences - leveraging the intersection of emerging technologies such as Internet of Things, Blockchain, 3D Printing, etc. Outside of her day job, Mitra co-chair's the Supply Chain Working Group in the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative, a non-profit consortium of major automakers, suppliers and blockchain technology partners, working together to develop industry standards for automotive blockchain use-cases. Pramita received the Outstanding Paper Award at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress 2019, for her work on preventing connected vehicle data privacy leakage. She received the SWE Detroit Section Technical Award in 2017, the WE Local New Emerging Leader in Technology and Engineering Award in 2020, 13 SWE Patent Recognition Awards in 2020 and 2021, the Women of Color STEM Technology Rising Star Award in 2021, and the SWE Emerging Leader Award in 2022.
Mitra earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Notre Dame in 2013. She is very passionate about promoting the interests of women in STEM and carry out this mission through a number of volunteering activities. Inside Ford, Pramita co-chair's the Women of Ford R&A Chapter. She has been a Professional SWE Member since 2015. Pramita currently serves on the WE Local Advisory Board as the FY23 Chair-Elect, and on the SWE Magazine Editorial Board as a Member. In the past, she has served twice as the Co-Chair of the Program Committee in the Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing Conference; and twice as the Co-Chair of the SWE Detroit Professional Development Conference. Outside of work and volunteering, Pramita enjoys reading and food blogging.
Sandra Mandawe Paglieroni
Sandra Mandawe Paglieroni is a SWE senior life member and retired engineer. Her career in Silicon Valley spans 30 years in advanced manufacturing, program management, and quality assurance of telecommunication products at start-ups, medium sized companies, and large corporations. Her career included roles as senior manufacturing engineer, program manager, quality manager, and director of operations & new product introduction.
Mandawe Paglieroni graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering. Her SWE involvement started at Berkeley, and her passion for bringing together engineers in all stages of their careers continues to this day. She has held a variety of leadership and individual contributor roles at all levels of the Society.
Mandawe Paglieroni has been involved with WE Local initially in FY17 for WE Local San Jose as a Local Host Committee member, then on the WE Local Advisory Board as a member in FY22 & in FY23 as the Strategy & Continuous Improvement subcommittee lead. She is also active in the SWE Late Career & Retiree Affinity Group as the FY22 & FY23 Newsletter Editor.
Home base for Mandawe Paglieroni is in the San Francisco Bay Area. She enjoys singing in her church choir & in a competitive women’s acapella chorus, ballroom dancing, knitting and traveling.
Lisa Raab currently works as a Senior Principal Systems Engineer for Northrop Grumman in Amherst, NY. She has prior experience as an instructor in Electrical Engineering Technology at Erie Community College, and as a Communications Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, CA. Lisa holds degrees in Electrical Engineering, with a BS from UCLA, and MS from University of Southern California. Lisa has been a member of SWE for over 30 years, and has served in many roles at the Section level, including President at UCLA, Treasurer and President of the Los Angeles Section, and Treasurer and Girl Scout Outreach for the Western New York Section.
Ashly Lam is an undergraduate sophomore at the University of Southern California (USC) and an active member of her university’s SWE chapter.
As an executive board member of USC Women in Computing (WIC), an organization focused on empowering female engineering students, she collaborates with the board to organize impactful professional development events, including tech talks, workshops, panels, and industry recruiting events. With a strong emphasis on mentorship, Ashly aims to enhance retention rates and foster a supportive community for women pursuing technical careers at USC.
Additionally, Ashly serves as a managing editor for Illumin Magazine, an online publication that explores the science and technology behind everyday experiences. Alongside a talented team of undergraduate engineers from USC, she reviews, edits, and assigns articles for quarterly issues that showcase the magazine's core themes.
Within USC's Viterbi School of Engineering, Ashly contributes her skills as a Viterbi Student Ambassador, representing the university at official admission events and information sessions. By sharing her personal experiences and insights, she offers prospective students insight into life at USC.
During her free time, Ashly enjoys practicing yoga, expressing her thoughts through journaling, and exploring the vibrant city of Los Angeles.
Jenni Johnson is an Environmental Engineer at CDM Smith in Boston, Massachusetts and a New Mexico Tech alumna (B.S. ‘18). At CDM Smith, she is responsible for designing and supporting a diverse range of water projects, including stormwater management systems, treatment facilities, and water and sewer mains. Jenni’s first role with WE Local began in FY21 as a Local Host Committee member for WE Local Albuquerque. After two years as a Local Host Committee member, she joined the WE Local Advisory Board in FY23 as the Community Relations Subcommittee Lead. Jenni’s SWE involvement began as a collegiate in 2016 and has since held multiple leadership roles. In addition to her current role on the WE Local Advisory Board, she is also a Co-Lead for the Early Career Professionals AG and a member of the SWE Boston Membership Committee. In her freetime, Jenni enjoys hiking, hockey, and exploring her new home, New England.
Nicole (Aldridge) Lawson
Nicole (Aldridge) Lawson is an embedded software engineer at Hubbell Incorporated in Avon, CT. She studied Computer Science and Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where she graduated with a dual major in May 2019. Post-graduation, she was in Northern California with Intel Corporation as a 3D NAND product development engineer until her division separated from the company and became Solidigm Technology. Nicole has been an active member of SWE since her days at Missouri S&T, serving on the collegiate executive board before moving on to serve as the SWE Sacramento Valley Section's secretary and then president. Her involvement with WE Local started when she joined the Local Host Committee (LHC) to plan WE Local Des Moines in 2021, and then continued as a member of LAB. She recently married her college sweetheart, moved 3,000 miles from the West Coast to the East Coast and pivoted her career to better align with her passions. In her (limited) spare time, she enjoys snowboarding and skiing with her husband, hiking, crocheting and crafting, training her dogs and participating in STEM outreach programs where she can connect with future engineers and scientists!
Dana is the Project Engineering Manager for Modular Power Sustaining Projects, responsible for the engineering projects affecting Lynnwood and Kaohsiung production. In her first year at Crane A&E she established a framework and gates for sustaining projects to operate under, while not limiting the team’s nimbleness and independence.
Prior to joining Crane A&E in January 2022, she was a technical project engineer for flight controls, airplane systems, and most recently, passenger seats at Boeing. She started her career as an MRB engineer on the 747 airplane, providing technical solutions to nonconformance issues. Beyond the workplace, Dana is a STEM Outreach Advocate and leader within the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at the society and local levels. In 2015, Dana was a recipient of SWE’s Distinguished New Engineer award, a reflection of her achievements in her career, at SWE, and in her community. She helps lead her daughter’s girl scout troop and coaches her kids’ soccer team.
Sophia Ung is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in
May 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a minor in
Computational Data Analysis. She currently works full-time at Merck in the Manufacturing Leadership
Development Program with Bio Technology Solutions for Global Animal Health Manufacturing in
DeSoto, Kansas. Prior to starting full-time, Sophia also interned with Merck in Global Vaccine Technical
Operations at West Point, Pennsylvania. Sophia has been actively involved in Society of Women
Engineers throughout college, serving on the Georgia Tech Society of Women Engineers executive board
as Vice President and President. In these roles, Sophia helped her section coordinate sponsored trips to
Society and Local conferences, and she is excited to foster more conference experiences as a part of WE
Local Advisory Board for FY24 and FY25. In her free time, Sophia enjoys traveling, painting, reading,
and discovering new music.
Helen Colvin is a Technology Business Systems Associate with Wells Fargo. She has been with Wells Fargo in a variety of software development related roles since 2009. She has been involved in SWE for over 20 years, beginning as a Collegiate member at Iowa State University, and is a Life Member of the Society.
Helen graduated with her Bachelor's in Computer Engineering in 2004, her MBA in 2006, and her PhD in Human Computer Interaction in 2008, all from Iowa State. Helen also served as the Local Host Committee Chair for WE Local Des Moines, and she'd served in a variety of executive board positions with the Heart of Iowa Section.
In addition to volunteering with SWE, Helen is a Superintendent for Science, Engineering, and Technology for the Story County Youth Fair and a registered Leader with 4H; an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and a sister of Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies social sorority.
Grace Hattery is a third year mechanical engineering major with a minor in Theatre Design and Technology. She attends Ohio Northern University(ONU) in Ada,Ohio, just 20 minutes from her hometown Kenton, Ohio. Grace has been blessed with being able to study abroad twice, participate in a professor's research(which included becoming a published author), and Co-Op during her time as an undergraduate. Outside of the classroom at ONU, Grace is involved in SWE as the Outreach Coordinator, the president of Themed Entertainment Association, and serves as the Vice President of Administration for her sorority Delta Zeta.
Iva Milisavljevic holds a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering and is currently serving as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Alfred University. She is working on a Department of Energy-funded project that aims to develop novel battery materials. Iva has been a dedicated member of the Society of Women Engineers since 2019, where she has held several leadership positions. For the past two years, she has been a part of the WE Local Advisory Board, serving first as a member and later as the Collegiate Competition Subcommittee lead. Iva's passion lies in providing professional development opportunities to students, especially international students. When she's not busy working, she loves to hike and spend time outdoors. She is also a proud mother of a cute, six-month-old baby named Tara.
Sneha Narayanan is a Director in Clinical Development Strategy & Operations at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA and has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester, Masters in Biotechnology Management from Harvard University and MBA from Boston University. She has been involved with SWE for over 10 years, first with the SWE Boston section having served as Treasurer, Collegiate Counselor and VP Membership and then with SWE-Kansas City while also serving as an LCC Coach. In addition to her current role on WE LAB as the co-lead for Strategy /CI, she serves as the VP Membership for SWE Boston for FY24.
In her free time, Sneha loves to be outdoors with her husband, toddler and golden retriever! She is a runner that is currently training for her 7th half marathon and volunteers at the Boston Marathon every year. She serves on the Conservation Commission of her local town in MA and loves to cook!
Stacey DelVecchio, F.SWE is the President of StaceyD Consulting, focused on the business of additive manufacturing. She is a technical advisor with the Society of Manufacturing’s Additive Manufacturing Technical Community. Prior to launching her own consulting business, she was the Additive Manufacturing Product Manager for Caterpillar Inc. where her team leveraged the technology in all spaces, including new product introduction, supply chain, and operations. She also managed their Additive Manufacturing Factory. In her 35 years in industry, most of which was at Caterpillar, DelVecchio held numerous positions in engineering, manufacturing and leadership.
DelVecchio holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. She is a Past President of the Society of Women Engineers and has received the society’s Advocating Women in Engineering Award. DelVecchio is a past vice-chair of the Women in Engineering Committee for the World Federation of Engineering Organization where she represented the American Association of Engineering Societies. She continues to champion the global expansion of the Society of Women Engineers and is a strong advocate for women in engineering. In 2021, DelVecchio edited her first book, Women in 3D Printing: From Bones to Bridges and Everything in Between.
Brittney is currently Director, Technical Operations & Supply Chain at Aligos where she is responsible for the company’s global supply chain strategy for demand needs, identifying capacity limitations, months on hand inventory, & financial planning considerations for various clinical trials. Brittney has more than 15 years of experience working in both technical development and supply chain organizations in the consumer products and pharmaceutical/biotech industries.
Brittney has extensive program management and strategic planning experience with Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and it's 40k+ member base, holding various leadership positions over several years of involvement including serving on their Board of Directors as well as chairing SWE’s important society nominating committee. She also volunteers considerable time as a crisis line volunteer, answering suicide/988 line calls for those in crisis and serves as Chair of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention’s local chapter board.
Brittney is a past SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award winner. She received her B.S. in Engineering Science with a Chemical focus from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. In her spare time, she enjoys completing DIY projects from her garage workshop, traveling to new countries, trying new foods, golf, going to classic rock concerts, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and two rescue pups.