In this special SWE Diverse Episode for Black History Month, Joanne I. Hill, the secretary for the African-American Affinity Group for the Society of Women Engineers, sits down with Nina Ahuja, the social media lead for the African American Affinity Group for SWE. Nina also has her own business where she consults with small and medium organizations on their process implementations and improvement initiatives. Listen as Nina talks about her background in engineering and what led her to pursuing a different career while utilizing her engineering degree.
Guest: Nina Ahuja
Nina Ahuja is very passionate about the Project Management world. She was first exposed to Project Management while on an internship as she completed her Masters of Science in Engineering in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Michigan Dearborn. Since graduation, she has worked in a variety of industries within corporate America. More recently, she focuses on her own business where she consults with small and medium sized organizations on their process implementations and improvement initiatives utilizing a strategic project management approach. She has been actively involved with her local PMI chapter for years; she is most passionate about the Women in Project Management Forum and volunteering with ongoing chapter efforts. In addition to her PMI involvement, she has also been an officer is her local Society of Women Engineers section and is currently the Social Media Lead for the African American Affinity Group for SWE.
Host: Joanne Hill
Joanne I. Hill is a Product Marketing Manager at Intel Corporation on the Cities and Transportation Road Infrastructure team, within the Network and Edge Internet of Things (NEX IOTG) Autonomous Transportation and Infrastructure (ATI) Group. Her responsibilities include understanding the customers’ needs and translating them into software/hardware product solutions for the go to market business strategy in the Road Infrastructure Segment. Prior to her arrival at Intel, she has over 20 years in the Automotive, Construction, and Transportation industries in the Product Development and Manufacturing functional areas.
Joanne holds a BS Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca New York, and MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Joanne’s depth of organizational participation within the Society of Women Engineers in the professional section as well as the National Society of Black Engineers on the collegiate and professional level, has ranged from being a local conference volunteer to professional development, conference planning, and chapter president leadership roles. These activities have allowed an easy segue to share her professional and technical skillset to positively enhance and impact her community. Joanne is originally from the south side of Chicago and now lives in Portland Oregon region.