In celebration of the 115 anniversary of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State, we are inviting alumni to present during the monthly Steidle Café. The program will be held over Zoom and to receive the link please register at matse.psu.edu/café.
March speakers will be:
Erica Redline, ‘06
Principal Member Technical Staff, Organic Materials Science Dept., Sandia National Laboratories
Erica Redline is a Principal Member of the technical staff in the Organic Materials Science Department at Sandia National Laboratories. She received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in 2006 and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Materials Science at the University of Minnesota in 2011. While at Penn State, Erica was an editor for La Vie, the Penn State Yearbook. Erica also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for the University Ambulance Service and was a member of the Emergency Medical Services Association. As a undergraduate student, Erica spent time working in the labs of Profs. Paul Painter and Evangelos Manias, the latter with whom she completed her senior thesis.
Erica’s work at Sandia focuses on polymer science and ranges from developing next generation encapsulation technologies to studying polymer degradation in extreme environments to resolving polymer processing issues for various injection molded parts. She was recently awarded $2.46M from Sandia’s Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD) program for her proposals on self-healing polymers guided by computational design and thermosets with tunable coefficients of thermal expansion. Erica is an active reviewer for DOE, NSF, and various journal publications as well as a member of the American Chemical Society and the Society of Women Engineers. In addition, she has served as a co-organizer of the Service Life Prediction of Polymers conference in 2018. Erica continues to volunteer her time in STEM outreach activities, mentoring students, and serving as a Sandia recruiter. Prior to working at Sandia, Erica spent two years as a polymer engineering consultant at the E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. In her free time, Erica enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, skiing, baking, knitting/crocheting, and freelance makeup artistry.
Melissa Marshall, '00
Vice President-Global Internal Audit & Risk, Westinghouse
Melissa Marshall is the Vice President of Global Internal Audit & Risk for Westinghouse with accountability for Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management. She is responsible for rebuilding and transforming the Internal Audit team so that the department is viewed as a strategic business partner. Previously, Melissa was the Vice President and Chief Compliance & Risk Officer and oversaw Global Trade Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management while building out the Global Ethics & Compliance function. Prior to that, Melissa managed the new plant commercial offer process as the Director of Commercial Planning. Her team was responsible for developing the pricing and financing strategies and cost estimates to support Westinghouse’s integrated proposals and marketing deliverables for new nuclear power plants. Melissa’s first role at Westinghouse was the manager of the Enterprise Risk Management program where she developed the program and processes to identify and mitigate large, enterprise-wide risks. Prior to Westinghouse, Melissa worked in Alcoa’s Internal Audit group and Deloitte Consulting’s State Government – Technology Integration practice.
Melissa has a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State with honors in Metals Science & Engineering and a minor in Economics. She has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. She also has a graduate certificate in Strategic Decision & Risk Management from Stanford University. Melissa is a licensed CPA in the State of PA.