Get to know SWE’s incoming President, Rachel Morford, and listen as FY21 President Heather Doty wraps up her year as president in this special episode of Diverse! Listen as Heather discusses her reflections on SWE presidency and Rachel shares her ambitions and wishes for the year ahead.
Heather Doty (FY21 SWE President)
Heather Doty is a project engineer at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado. She works in the manufacturing and test operations organization on new business ventures, people integration, career development, staffing, and hiring. Doty supported strategic initiatives and coordination across the organization in her previous role as an engineering integration manager. Before that, she spent more than 15 years in structural engineering at the company, performing finite element analysis and supporting environmental testing for various space hardware programs, from the optical system on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to focal plane arrays for weather and earth-imaging payloads.
A senior life member of SWE, Doty joined the Society as a student at the University of Colorado Boulder. She served as FY18-19 Society treasurer and FY16 director of regions. She brings a long history of SWE experience at multiple levels of the organization, having served in nearly every officer position at the section and region levels. She has been recognized with the Region i “Inspirational” Distinguished Service Award and an Outstanding SWE Counselor and SWE Distinguished New Engineer.
A Colorado native with a thirst for knowledge, Doty holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering, a B.A. in music, and an MBA, all from the University of Colorado Boulder. She enjoys traveling, playing flute, and Zimbabwean-style marimba, creating culinary and brewing experiments in the kitchen, and playing board games with her family.
Rachel Morford (FY22 SWE President)
Rachel Morford is a Principal Director at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California, where she manages a team responsible for integrating multiple space and ground programs. In previous roles, Morford led the Aerospace team supporting the production, launch, and on-orbit testing of three high-value communication satellites; provided technical leadership and supported strategic development of international agreements between the U.S. Air Force and other nations; and spent several years as a systems engineer working on national security launches. Morford has led the Aerospace Women’s Committee, served on the Aerospace Diversity Action Committee, and is an enthusiastic member of multiple Aerospace Employee Resource Groups. She has been recognized with the Aerospace Woman of the Year award and the Aerospace Commitment to Our People Diversity and Inclusion award.
A senior life member of SWE, Morford joined the Society as a student at the University of Southern California. She has held several leadership roles in SWE at all levels, including Chair of the Collegiate Leadership Coaching Committee, Region Governor, Los Angeles Section President, and Director of Advocacy. Morford is a recipient of the SWE Distinguished New Engineer award and the WeLocal ELiTE award.
Morford holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and a certificate in technical management from the University of California, Los Angeles. An active alumna, Morford serves on the Alumni Association Board of Governors and the Viterbi Emerging Leaders Board. She enjoys traveling, running, and refinishing furniture.
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