Engineering Advisory Board

The Sweet Briar College Engineering Advisory Board includes distinguished leaders from industry and academia. The board provides the program with planning support related to partnerships with industry, student internships, employment, recruiting, curriculum and fundraising.

The current board consists of the committed individuals listed below.

Sara Abbe

Engineering Unit Manager, Babcock & Wilcox

H | Lynchburg, Va.

Bob Bailey

Executive Director, Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER)

H | Lynchburg, Va.
L | LinkedIn Profile

Bobbi Ann M. Carroll

Senior Director of Automotive Partnerships, SiriusXM Satellite Radio

H | Detroit, Mich.
L | LinkedIn Profile

Suzan M. Jagger

President, Jagger Advisory

H | Litchfield, Conn.
L | LinkedIn Profile

Ron Kander

Executive Dean, Philadelphia University, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

H | Philadelphia, Pa.
L | LinkedIn Profile

Mary Kasarda

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Mechanical Engineering Department

H | Blacksburg, Va.

Thom Keehan

Founder & Managing Partner, Enterprise Kaizen

H | Milwaukee, Wis.
L | LinkedIn Profile

Sarah Lightbody ’12

Managing Consultant, Watson Internet of Things, IBM

H | Washington, D.C.
L | LinkedIn Profile

Megan Lucas

CEO and Chief Economic Development Officer, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

H | Lynchburg, Va.

Leo Obrst

Principal AI Scientist, Information Semantics, MITRE

H | Washington, D.C.
L | LinkedIn Profile

Christina (Johnson) Pappas ’08

Graduate Student, University of Virginia, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

Christina is the first student to earn a B.S. in engineering science from Sweet Briar College.

H | Charlottesville, Va.

Finis Southworth

Retired CTO, AREVA

H | Amherst, Va.
L | LinkedIn Profile

Tom Spangenberg

Business Unit Director, BW Integrated Systems

H | Lynchburg, Va.
L | LinkedIn Profile

Michael Staton

Senior – Principal Engineering / QA Manager, NovaTech

H | Lynchburg, Va.
L | LinkedIn Profile

Ric Woerner

Senior Project Engineer, Glad Manufacturing Company

H | Amherst, Va.
L | LinkedIn Profile

David Wood

Director of Technology, Ephox + TinyMCE

H | Brisbane, Australia
L | LinkedIn Profile