Amber Paterno
Manufacturing Project Engineer
Ball Aerospace

“I'm passionate about manufacturing because you can see the results of your dedication, focus and teamwork. From building one at a time, batches or continuous production you can implement improvements to change the results. It's amazing what a connected team can accomplish!”

Amber’s outstanding manufacturing leadership and organizational contributions were critical the successful execution of a Ball Aerospace program that produces a suite of remote sensing instruments. As Project Engineer, Amber built a high performing team and mentored junior employees to ensure a seamless program turnaround in under 90 days. By streamlining systems processes, Amber and her team generated a net program savings of $100K, and an additional time value savings of $18K. Following these efforts, Amber was promoted to Assembly, Integration, and Test (AI&T) manufacturing and test lead for a complex Ball Aerospace program focused on satellite bus structure and integration. In this role, she not only provides the AI&T team with a strong program execution focus, she also brings a continuous improvement mindset for future programs to leverage. Amber constantly navigates roadblocks so the program stays on target, while examining opportunities to address and eliminate setbacks.

Amber is an excellent resource for women in manufacturing, taking on a direct role to mentor and engage others. Her breadth of experience, institutional knowledge and established network, allow Amber to connect, collaborate and contribute in meaningful ways across the organization. She has mentored countless Ball employees, including a female colleague whom she successfully guided to transition from planning to manufacturing engineering. Amber has also helped organize training sessions for team members with the goal of mastering a variety of manufacturing integration disciplines.

Amber is fiercely committed to family, community and empowering others. She actively supports a community outreach program that provides women with the opportunity to discover their uniqueness through exercise and movement, apart from traditional gender labels. In addition, Amber is actively involved in numerous educational volunteer opportunities. As a co-classroom parent within her son’s school, Amber’s efforts create cohesiveness between parents, teachers and children. Amber has also taught English to underprivileged children and adults in Madrid. 

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