Systems & Validation Engineer
Pratt & Whitney
"Manufacturing is engaging because it’s a global and fast-paced environment that exhibits the most advanced technologies, bringing together a variety of disciplines to realize products that have the ability to enhance people’s lives. It is rewarding to lead a team that designs, manufactures, and tests jet engines that are innovating the world of aviation."
Anita demonstrated not only excellent leadership, organizational, and communication skills, but also exceptional motivation and ambition in accomplishing the business goals of the final SDD F135 STOVL Propulsion System validation efforts. She managed the intensity of extremely tight deadlines, paired with high visibility, to set an example for current and future test engineers relative to work ethic, focusing on results, and persevering through challenges.
Anita has been integral in mentoring members of her test team as well as new hires, interns, and those outside of the discipline working through her engine integrated product team. Some had recently joined the Pratt & Whitney workforce with little experience; where others were more experienced, but still looked to Anita for guidance. Anita had constant daily interaction with less experienced team members to ensure development of their overall test engineering competency. She also took it upon herself to mentor new hires and interns to ensure that they transitioned smoothly into their new assignments. She consistently showed exceptional leadership attributes and set a positive example for her peers.
Anita has been very active through memberships and associations both in and outside of work. This includes dedicated service over the years with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Through Anita’s dedication and continued involvement with ASME she was awarded the Society’s Old Guard Early Career Award during 2012. Anita also has been active in other community associations and mentoring programs for university students.