Leadership Team Bios
Meet our FY17 Officers
Rachel is a structural analysis engineer at Boeing for Propulsion South Carolina. Rachel has been with The Boeing Company for the past 5 years, the first 3 years she spent in Seattle and the past 2 years in Charleston. In Rachel’s current role she is responsible for the structures and fire tests for 737MAX and 777X Propulsion. She has been involved with SWE for the last 9 years and held the role of President of her collegiate section at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Rachel also was the K-12 Outreach Chair for the SWE Lowcountry Section last year.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys fixing up her house, travel, kayaking, wine tasting, and cuddling with her dog!
Career: Design engineer at Bosch in North Charleston. My current responsibilities include being the DC motor expert for North America ABS development.
Education: I received both my B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.
Fun facts and hobbies: In 2015, I launched Phoebe Bickford Photography (phoebebickford.com.) I try to sign up for a half marathon once or twice a year and this June I’ll be completing a Reebok Ragnar Relay with friends (200 mile run from Madison, WI to Chicago, IL between 12 runners.)
Veronique (Ronnie) has been a member of SWE since 2009. She held the Secretary Officer position for her college SWE section during her senior year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where she graduated from with her BS in Aeronautical Engineering in 2013. Since graduation, Ronnie has been working for the Boeing Company as an Avionics & Flight Controls Field Engineer on the C17 program. She has held the Secretary Officer position for the Lowcountry SWE section for the past 3 years and has attended 4 of the Annual SWE Conferences since 2012. In her free time, Ronnie likes to play tennis, read, and be with family & friends.
What do you do?
I am an Avionics and Flight Controls Field Engineer on the Boeing C-17 program. My teammates and I work directly with the Air Force to keep the world-wide C-17 fleet mission capable. We work in an office right on the flight line at the Charleston Air Force Base.
What is a good/bad day like?
A good day is when I leave work feeling like I helped accomplish something that will positively impact the world. I love a day spent on the jets on the flight line, increasing my understanding of the various aircraft systems. It is a good feeling when I find something while analyzing flight data that will help the Air Force fix a problem on one of their jets. I enjoy working with a team with such diverse experience and knowledge-especially when it all comes together to solve a pressing issue!
Erin Bayles is a Lead Design Engineer for the 787 Program at Boeing South Carolina. Before Boeing, Erin received her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and has held various engineering positions in both the Architectural Engineering & Automotive industries. While attending the Society of Women Engineers WE08 Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Erin interviewed for an engineering position at Global Aeronautica in South Carolina. She had no idea that she would later be employed by Boeing. Outside of work, Erin likes to volunteer and does so weekly at the Lowcountry Food Bank. She also enjoys talking to students in afterschool programs encouraging them to get involved with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based programs. Erin became actively involved with the Lowcountry Society of Women Engineers as Newsletter Editor for FY15 & FY16, and is currently holding the leadership role of Treasurer.
Monique received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University. She began her aerospace career as a Quality Engineer at Northrop Grumman in Milledgeville, Georgia. Currently working as a Quality Engineer at Boeing South Carolina, she continues to work with cross-functional teams on corrective action implementation and process improvements. Since 2012 she has served as the Lowcountry Social Chair and the Section Representative. She is also a member of American Society of Quality. Monique is excited about the future of SWE and serving the Lowcountry section during FY 17-18!
Social Events Chair and Alternate Section Rep
Hi, I’m Sadie! I have been in Charleston and working at Boeing since January 2015. I graduated with my bachelors in Materials Science Engineering from Georgia Tech in May 2013, and worked at a small company in Marietta, GA (Applied Technical Services) before moving to South Carolina and starting what I considered my “dream job”. I work in the Non-Destructive Evaluation group within Boeing Research and Technology, but am currently on a rotation in a composites support group. My recent hobbies mostly include doing house renovations with my husband, and hanging out with my two dogs who I love (even though they occasionally drive me crazy). I also swim with the Palmetto Masters Swim Team, and occasional dabble in some shorter distance triathlons. I was involved with SWE while in college, and got back involved after joining Boeing! I’m hoping to get more involved with SWE and know that an officer role would give me that opportunity. I would like to think I am dedicated and determined at everything I do, and I believe I would be a great officer for our section!
Communications/Social Media Chair
Michelle grew up in Tucson, Arizona and moved to Tempe for college. She began her studies at Arizona State University in the School of Art, and then quickly found that her more suitable career would be started in the Materials Science & Engineering program. During her years in college Michelle joined the Society of Women Engineers, Material Advantage, and the Photography Club, exercising her interests in both the worlds of art and science. Michelle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Photography.
After graduating in 2012, Michelle moved to Charleston, SC to work as a Materials, Process and Physics engineer in the Boeing Research and Technology group. Since moving, Michelle has been involved in the SWE Lowcountry section, and served as webmaster since 2013. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Materials Science through the University of California Los Angeles.
Professional Development Chair
K12 and Collegiate Outreach Chair
Stephanie is currently a design engineer for the 777X propulsion system at Boeing’s Propulsion South Carolina site. She attended the Georgia Institute of Technology for a total of six years – four for her Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering, and two for her Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering, with a focus on System Design Optimization. During her undergraduate, Stephanie co-oped for GE Aviation, studied abroad in Europe, conducted undergraduate research, and was active in several on campus organizations, including SWE! While completing her Masters, she had two internships with Boeing, and in July 2016, she started working as a design engineer at Boeing.
Stephanie loves spending time with her husband doing home improvement projects. She also is an avid soccer fan, enjoys music, and loves to travel and hike! She is enthusiastic about promoting STEM education and volunteers frequently for STEM promotion events in local middle and high schools.
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