Debra Kimberling is a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer with 35 years experience in industry, government and academia. She has provided technical leadership at Solar Turbines Incorporated, a subsidiary of Caterpillar, where she developed fuel, sales and engineering tools for medium sized engines that saved the company millions and improved customer satisfaction. She designed Atlas Centaur Rocket components for General Dynamics Space System Division (now Lockheed Martin) including satellite payload and booster separation systems. She has developed submersible systems for the Naval Ocean System Center (NOSC is now Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, formerly SPAWAR) supporting research as a Navy Civilian Diver. She was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University where she taught strength of materials, dynamics and drafting. She has a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from Arizona State University.
Debra Kimberling is the President of the San Diego County Engineering Council (SDCEC). A key objective of the Council is to raise awareness of the achievements of the local engineering community. It hosts, with support from local Engineering Society Chapters, the annual San Diego Engineers Week festivities to celebrate engineering. Its awards honor engineers, projects and activities that advance the field of engineering in the community.
An advocate for engineering society engagement, Kimberling supports engineering society inclusion initiatives through the SDCEC. This includes developing leadership skills, learning techniques to improve workplace culture, and supporting engineering outreach initiatives. She finds it extremely rewarding to watch the volunteers advance in their careers as leaders, become Engineering Role Models and to give back, such as serving as a board member or even as a mentor for local engineering high school club.
A fellow and life member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Kimberling has served on all executive levels within SWE, been a member of the SWE Magazine editorial board, founded the SWE Outreach K-12 Educator workgroup, its first educator newsletter, and advocates for parent and educator programs. A former SWE Region Director and Strategic Planning Chair, Kimberling helped found and is the co-lead of the SWE Late Career and Retiree Affinity Group. A former SWE San Diego Section President, she founded the Corporate Connections Committee and first SWENext programs locally. Today she is a mentor for the local SWE Section and advocates on behalf of SWE, the San Diego STEM Ecosystem and is a member of SHPE, NSBE and the AAUW.
Passionate about building inclusion in the worldview of who can be successful in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM), Debra presents the AAUW gender equity research originally released in the 2010 “Why So Few Women in STEM” report. Her goal is to offer the terminology to better understand the unconscious hurdles women experience and to offer a pathway towards success. Her micro-affirmations presentations have included audiences from students to mid-career employees, executives and diversity councils. She also presents to educators and parents on recruitment and retention strategies to help influence early career decisions to keep youth’s STEM aspirations alive.
MEDIUM BIO (General Background)
Debra Kimberling, President of the San Diego County Engineering Council (SDCEC), has a M.S. in Aerospace and Aeronautics and a 35-year career history in industry, government, academia and non-profit organizations. As a technical leader at Solar Turbines, she developed fuel, sales and engineering tools that saved the company millions and improved customer satisfaction. She designed Atlas Centaur Rocket components for General Dynamics, submersibles for the U.S. Navy, and was an engineering professor at Purdue University. She is a Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), where she served as an executive board member, and is also a member of NSBE, SHPE and the AAUW. Kimberling founded the SWE Late Career & Retiree Affinity Group, the SWE outreach parent-educator newsletter, the SWE San Diego Corporate Connections Committee, SWE San Diego SWENext program and the first employee resource groups at her companies.
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Debra Kimberling, a fellow of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), is president of the San Diego County Engineering Council. She is a retired mechanical engineer with 35 years of engineering experience in industry, government and academia. She presents the gender equity research to help build a better support network for women and a more engaging and inclusive workplace culture for all. Debra advocates on behalf of SWE, K-14 Educators, AAUW, and the San Diego STEM Ecosystem.
SHORT BIO (SWE)
Debra Kimberling, SWE fellow, is a retired mechanical engineer with 30 years of SWE experience. She is the co-lead of the SWE Late Career & Retiree Affinity Group, president of the San Diego County Engineering Council, and active in the San Diego STEM Ecosystem and SWENext San Diego community.
SHORT BIO (college students)
Debra Kimberling, a fellow of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), is a mechanical engineer with over 30 years experience in industry, government and academia. She has a M.S. Aerospace Engineering degree (University of Washington) and a B.S. Engineering Science (Arizona State University). She has developed submersibles, rockets, gas turbine engines and taught engineering at Purdue University. An advocate for SWE and the STEM Ecosystem, Debra presents the Why So Few Women in STEM gender equity research and is president of the San Diego County Engineering Council.
SHORT BIO (middle-school students)
Debra Kimberling is a mechanical engineer who advocates on behalf of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and SWENext (SWENext.swe.org). She wants everyone to know about and have access to engineering role models. She is President of the San Diego County Engineering Council and runs the annual Engineers Week Awards Banquet.