An Advocate for STEM Career
Mona Simpson '87 (B.S. engineering-mechanical) is a self-professed "big fan" of Cal State Fullerton, as is her employer. The director for Site Services and Manufacturing Support in Boeing's Shared Services Group Supplier Management organization knows firsthand that Cal State Fullerton graduates arrive at Boeing with the best combination of academic training and hands-on practicality. "Boeing is the largest corporate donor to the College of Engineering and Computer Science. It's all about our desire to continue to attract the best and brightest students," said the alumna.
Since 1997, Boeing has donated more than $1 million to support scholarships, research grants and programs at CSUF. Over the past three years, the company has expanded its reach to provide tutoring services in the college's Center for Academic Support, explore the development of a composites lab and assist in projects like the Formula-SAE race car.
"Boeing provides charitable contributions and grants for scholarships, participates in advisory boards, oversees and mentors student projects in many areas, and provides technical talks to students," said Simpson, referring to the company's relationships with universities in the U.S. and abroad. "We try to help students with different types of mentoring and avenues into what it's like to work in the technology industry. We want to align those efforts and resources so we keep the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) pipeline flowing – and of course, we're hoping that Boeing is one of those beneficiaries."
In addition to being the Boeing executive focal for Cal State Fullerton and a recipient of CSUF's 2015 Distinguished Alumna Award, Simpson is a member of the Engineering and Computer Science College Leadership Council and the California State University Foundation's Board of Governors.
"I've been fortunate enough to stand on the shoulders of a great company and be aligned with a great school," said Simpson.