As a project engineer on the New Product Introduction (NPI) team, my position at Honda Aircraft Company is unique. I’m lucky to get to work with and learn from the managers on the team. I support sourcing activities for our new products, mainly by managing the master sourcing schedule for every major component of the project. I also help organize the influx of proposals we receive from potential suppliers. In addition, I occasionally create cost models and presentations comparing potential suppliers. Since I started, I’ve been able to sharpen my technical and soft skills in numerous ways. My work environment is a combination of independent and collaborative work. I interface with the engineering department to maintain consistent schedules across Engineering and Supply Chain.
I grew up in Connecticut and was a competitive swimmer in middle and high school. I went to Duke for both my bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering. My work experience consists of an engineering internship, a consulting internship, and working as a teaching assistant in college. I was also a swim instructor and lifeguard in high school and college.
Above all, I love the people at Honda Aircraft. There are so many kind, interesting and brilliant people here I have the pleasure of interacting with and learning from. I’ve wanted to work in aviation for a long time. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to start my career in engineering or project management; I was split about 50/50. An opportunity presented itself in project management at Honda Aircraft and I recognized it as a chance I couldn’t pass up.
I like to bake, read, and play tennis. I’m a member of the Honda Aircraft tennis club. My husband and I enjoy biking and hiking.
My advice to young professionals is to seize every opportunity that comes your way. Take every chance to grow and work hard.