Passenger Seat Engineer, Boeing Company
WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?
I feel so lucky to have had the privilege of a well funded school district, engaged parents, and teachers who believed in my potential and encouraged me to pursue engineering. I barely knew what an engineer was in high school, and didn’t meet my first female engineer until college. I am incredibly indebted to organizations like IGNITE that make sure every girl has the exposure and encouragement to pursue STEM fields.
HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?
IGNITE inspires me to be a better role model and practice servant leadership. We all have the opportunity to use our platform for raising girls’ and women’s voices and to get them a seat at the table.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR WIDER COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT IGNITE?
IGNITE is positively changing the landscape in STEM fields by bringing in a more diverse field of candidates to be technology’s future leaders. Supporting IGNITE means you believe everyone has endless potential to be a changing force in the world.
MORE ABOUT DANA DAY:
Dana Day is currently a Passenger Seat Engineer at the Boeing Company. In her role, she travels globally to work onsite with suppliers and customers to bring in safe and conforming seats onto the airplane. Previously, Dana was a project engineer for cost-down campaigns within the airplane systems commodity. She led cross-functional teams through gated processes and review boards to bring big ideas to actual airplane savings. She was also a Flight Controls Design Engineer and a Production Support engineer, where Dana solved build issues on the airplanes.
She is an active member in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), most recently holding the 2019 WE Local Bellevue Chair position and the FY18 Outreach VP role for the local Pacific Northwest (PNW) Section, where her efforts reached nearly 1000 students. Most notably, she was the FY15 Chair for the SWE Outreach Committee, focused on STEM partnerships, opening communication to membership, and launching the SWENext program. Her passion is outreach and volunteerism and is a key co-coordinator for both the annual society conference and regional conference outreach events. She works on the planning committee and manages the volunteers (30 to 300+ volunteers) for these events.
Dana was selected for the 2015 SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award, which honors women engineers who have been actively engaged in engineering and the community in the first 10 years of their careers. In 2018, she was awarded the Kenneth Porter award for her STEM outreach efforts in the area by the Puget Sound Engineering Council.
Dana also enjoys sewing and weaving, along with camping with her husband and two small children.