The William States Lee College of Engineering will host two alumni panels for Women’s History Month! Come hear engineering graduates share their personal experiences of how Charlotte shaped and equipped each of them for success. Learn how they overcame social, academic, and professional challenges.
WOMEN in CONSTRUCTION Engineering Alumni Panel
Wednesday, March 23 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (virtual)
Moderator: Dr. Nicole Barclay, Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering Technology & Construction Management
Dr. Barclay has an educational background in Civil Engineering with a specialization of construction engineering and management from Clemson University, and in Civil Engineering Technology from South Carolina State University. As an engaging engineering educator and a researcher, Dr. Barclay works to help prepare civil engineering technologists, and construction engineers and managers for their future careers. Her work illuminates the impact of human interactions on infrastructure with the aim of informing decision-making especially for water infrastructure systems.
Lauren Watkins, BSCM 2019 (Transaction Coordinator, Foundry Commercial) — Prior to Foundry Commercial, Lauren started her professional career at Rodgers Builders as an Office Engineer for the renovation/addition of the Luxury Box Suites located at the Bank of America Stadium. Following the commercial construction realm, she went on to receive her Broker’s License and work underneath Sands Investment Group as an investment advisor for triple net retail centers. Lauren graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2019 with a degree in Construction Management and Engineering Technology. While at UNCC, she was involved in several organizations and even competed for the ASC Concrete Competition in the Fall of 2019. Her background is in commercial/residential construction and brokerage, business administration and net lease investment advisory services.
Rebekah Morlock, BSCE 2006 (Founder and Principal Engineer, Elevation Engineering & Design) — Rebekah has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UNC Charlotte and is a licensed structural engineer in 5 states. She has worked in every facet of engineering ranging from single family homes to the expansion of the Panama Canal. Her heart has always been in construction which motivated her to recently go and get her general contractor’s license and form pinkSTONE – a true design/build collaborative for highly-engineered structures. She is the Founder, Principal Engineer, Elevation Engineering & Design (formerly known as V2 Engineering) and Founder, Principal Engineer, pinkSTONE. She has her Professional Engineering license and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Madeline Murray, BSSE 2018 (Project Engineer, RJ Leeper Construction) — Madeline is currently a project engineer with R.J. Leeper Construction, and has just finished the Charlotte Convention Center renovation project in uptown. She is now working as the general contractor on a private office tenant upfit in Raleigh, North Carolina with Holder Construction Company. Madeline is currently working closely with eight trade contractors on the project to help manage their scopes of work. She graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering with a concentration in Engineering Management, and a minor in Mathematics. Her attraction to the construction industry is due to the general personality of people within the industry and the environment. Even though her industry choice is unconventional for Systems Engineering, she believes her education has benefited her greatly within this industry.
*Zoom details will be emailed to attendees prior to the event.
WOMEN IN ENGINEERING ALUMNI PANEL
Thursday, March 24 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (virtual)
Moderator: Dr. Tara Cavalline, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management
Tiffani Teachey, BSME 2003, MSEM 2005 Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Westinghouse) — Tiffani Teachey is a Sr. Mechanical Engineer at Westinghouse Electric Company and author of children's book What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z and two women empowerment books. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a Masters of Science degree in Engineering Management, both from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and currently working towards a PhD degree in Leadership Studies at North Carolina Agricultural & Technology State University. Tiffani is a leader and involved in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and The Links, Incorporated. She has served as Diversity Chair for the UNC Charlotte College of Engineering Alumni Council board and is currently on the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory board. Tiffani recently received the 2021 UNC Charlotte Distinguished Alumni award. Ultimately, Tiffani aims to make a positive impact on the community. As an engineer with more than seventeen years of experience, Tiffani has a passion for inspiring the next generation to engage in STEM careers. Tiffani was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, enjoys traveling and being a youth mentor.
Amber Stern, BSME 2003 (Principal and Director of Biomechanics, Engineering Systems Inc.) — Dr. Amber Rath Stern, Ph.D., P.E. is a Principal and the Director of Biomechanics at Engineering Systems Inc. (ESi) in Charlotte, NC. At ESi, Dr. Stern applies her expertise to a wide range of investigative scenarios, including accident reconstruction, slips, trips, and falls, product liability claims, injury causation, and motor vehicle injury analysis, including restraints, ejection, and occupant kinematics. Prior to joining ESi, Dr. Stern conducted research concerning eye injury mechanics and the biomechanics of bone as an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Dr. Stern graduated from UNC Charlotte’s Mechanical Engineering program with a BSME in 2003. She currently resides in Lake Wylie, SC with her husband, two sons (ages 9 and 12), and three dogs.
Pamela Phillips, BSME 2008 (Mechanical Engineer, Alliance Engineering) — Pam Phillips has spent 14 years in the manufacturing and consulting industries working to implement process improvements to increase productivity and safety. Some of the work that she has done includes product development and implementation of new mechanical components used in distribution centers and manufacturers such as Amazon, Tesla, and GAP. Pam has worked to develop a vision system that was already in production but had never been utilized on abrasive materials to mark defects successfully. Pam has been a part of many multi-discipline teams to implement large scale projects; she is currently working on a project with over 60 other engineers and three engineering firms working on a system for the US Government.
Heather Oxendine, BSET Electrical 2016 (Initiative Management Manager, Duke Energy) — Heather graduated from UNC Charlotte with BS in Electrical Engineering Technology in December 2016. She's been working at Duke Energy for 7.5 years, and is currently the Initiative Management Manager in Capital Investment Strategy for Customer Delivery. She is an engaged member of the Lumbee Tribe of NC and the Chair of Duke Energy’s Indigenous Employee Resource Group FIRST (Forever Indigenous Resource Support Team). She will begin classes in May 2022 in pursuit of a master's in Engineering Management (MSEM) at UNC Charlotte. Heather is married with three daughters and lives in Pembroke, NC.
*Zoom details will be emailed to attendees prior to the event.