Forty years ago, many fewer women choose to enter the male-dominate engineering field. Today, Dr. Vicky Sholtes is working to change that, and serves as an inspiration for the next generation of women engineers.
Dr. Sholtes graduated as one of two valedictorians from Shenendehowa High School in 1974. She studied Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University and went on to receive a masters and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, and, later, an MBA from Widener University.
Dr. Sholtes has been with The Boeing Company for the past 31 years. She was an instrumental member of the team that won the Department of Defense Systems Engineering Top 5 Program Award in 2010.
She is currently senior manager for systems engineering for Boeing Company and has been responsible for the people, processes, tools and technical integrity for all systems engineering activities in Philadelphia. She has provided technical and administrative leadership and direction for Boeing aircraft systems design teams.
Beyond an active work schedule, she devotes countless hours to mentor and provide leadership to young women engineers. She is a member of the American Helicopter Society, is a life member of the Society of Women Engineers, the International Council on Systems Engineering, the Society for the Advancement of Materials Engineering, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Engineering Explorer Post 747, the American Society for Testing of Materials, the North American Thermal Analysis Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi and Mortar Board.
Dr. Sholtes is on the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association Board of Advisors and is active in career development interactions with students and faculty. She is active in the Women in Aerospace and Technology Program sharing a love of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) with girls throughout the Philadelphia region. She is an active member and mentor in Boeing Women in Leadership, in the Boeing Leadership Association, the Schoharie Historical Society, and the National World War II Museum.