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Meet SWE’s FY19 Director of D&I, Natalie Vanderspiegel

SWE's FY19 Director of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), Natalie Vanderspiegel, says that SWE is her constant. SWE has been there and helped her through through many of her life and career stages and changes.
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Meet SWE’s Board of Directors: FY19 Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Natalie Vanderspiegel

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Natalie Vanderspiegel is the SWE Director of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) for the 2019 fiscal year. Since 2009, she has held at least one leadership role in SWE annually, including deputy speaker of the senate, section president, chair of the program development grant committee, senator, and strategic planning committee member. In recent years, she engaged in SWE’s strategic planning process, including the development of the new plan. As Director of D&I, Natalie helps SWE’s Affinity Groups and Women in Academia Committee meet their goals and further SWE’s mission. She also writes a monthly blog on alltogether.

Vanderspiegel is an advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) community and their allies. As a member of this community, Vanderspiegel knows how LGBT+ issues can negatively affect engagement and performance.

Natalie Vanderspiegel is a value stream manager for turbine overhaul at Solar Turbines Incorporated, a subsidiary of Caterpillar. She graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology with B.S. and M.S. degrees in ceramic engineering and an M.S. in engineering management. Upon graduation, Vanderspiegel performed materials-based research for engine components at Caterpillar and received four patents. She has been recognized by 40 Leaders Under Forty for Central Illinois, as a Distinguished Young Alumni from MS&T, and as a STEP Ahead honoree from the Manufacturing Institute. Vanderspiegel was named an Emerging Leader from the Sonora Region of SWE and recognized at the Society level as a SWE Distinguished New Engineer.

Just keep looking and find that one position that really aligns with your passion—where giving back is exciting and brings you joy, and brings energy and value back to your life.

-Natalie Vanderspiegel, SWE Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Read some of Natalie’s blogs:


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