Meet the FY18 SWE-HR Leaders:

President: Elizabeth Gregory

Elizabeth is an aerospace engineer who graduated with a PhD from Iowa State University in May of 2016. She is currently a research engineer with the National Institute of Aerospace at NASA Langley Research Center. She has been involved in SWE since 2002 when she was an undergrad at the University of Kansas. During the past decade she has served in a variety or roles within SWE at the local and national level. She is very excited to a part of the Hampton Roads section.

Vice President: Cathleen Saunders, P.E.

Cathleen is a civil engineer who graduated from Virginia Tech in May of 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree. She currently works as an Engineer for Quible & Associates, PC and her main focus is currently project management, site development, storm water analysis, and storm water design. Cathleen has been active in SWE ever since college and currently holds the East Coast Deputy Chair position with the Collegiate Leadership Coaching Committee and was previously the president of the Richmond Section of SWE from 2011-2013. Cathleen is very passionate about SWE and looks forward all of the events in Hampton Roads this year!

Treasurer: April Hauser

  April is a Structural Engineer II at Newport News Shipbuilding, a Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries and a Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) 2017 Modern Day Technology Leader honoree.  She graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering Technology in December 2014.  April's experience encompasses the design and completion of the SEAWOLF submarine class, maintenance of the Virginia Class Submarine, and the conception, arrangement and detailed design of COLUMBIA class.  She has witnessed and influenced the evolution of design from the drawing board to integrated digital shipbuilding, and has obtained knowledge of submarine design from the deck plate to Finite Element Analysis.  April has been an active member of SWE since July 2016.  

April is a member of the Career Pathways team that works with Hampton Roads public schools to mentor students and provide opportunities for these students to shadow engineers and designers and understand possible future careers.  April is also a mentor in the GEMS (Girls with Engineering Minds in Shipbuilding) program, where she enjoys the opportunity to encourage middle school aged girls to pursue education and careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Additionally, April is a member of the City Life Church in Newport News and serves in various volunteer capacities, always energetically and reliably.  

Secretary/Webmaster: Madelyn Hee

Madelyn is a Nuclear Engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, providing support for the construction of Virginia-class submarines for the United States Navy. Her vocation has provided her with a deep understanding in the relationship of trade work and effective production processes. 

She received her Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Old Dominion University in 2014. She was instrumental in reviving the ODU-SWE collegiate section in 2009 where she later held the positions of Secretary and the President (2009-2013). With other officers at ODU-SWE, the team performed a number of outreach programs to female students at middle schools – advocating the importance of STEM. Her other passion is robotics and she found the time to mentor 2 local high school robotics teams (2009-2013).

Madelyn is ready to share her experiences and journey. She endeavors to promote engineering especially to young female students. 

Social Chair: Olivia Higgins

Membership Chair: Daisy Becerra

Peninsula Engineers Council (PEC) Representative: Ann Hageman

Old Dominion University Collegiate Section Counselor: Stephanie Harrison

Stephanie is currently works at NASA Langley Research Center as an Aerospace Research Engineer conducting research on advanced technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System.  She graduated from Virginia Tech in May of 2013 with her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics.  She then continued her education and received her master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Old Dominion University in May of 2015.  She has been active with the ODU chapter of SWE since 2014, first as a student and now as ODU’s Collegiate Section Counselor.

Christopher Newport University Collegiate Section Counselor: Mary Perkinson

Mary Perkinson is a Senior Life Member of SWE and is currently serving on the Board of Directors as the Director of Advocacy. She is very passionate about initiatives that support the Society’s mission by inspiring our members to advocate for the advancement of women in engineering. Mary is an Engineering Manager II in Crane Engineering at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. She supervises a multidiscipline engineering team responsible for new crane installations and overhaul projects at the Newport News Shipbuilding facilities. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Interested in holding a position or leading a committee? Email us at 

Open positions include:

  • Outreach Chair
  • Scholarship Chair
  • Professional Development Chair
  • Professional Partnerships Liaison
  • Collegiate Section Counselor
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