Shaping the minds of the next generation of engineers

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day, Shelley Gager, NEMA Segment Manager - General Industries, volunteered her time and knowledge at the annual STEM Days of Summer at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, South Carolina, USA, on Thursday, June 23. Representing ABB and the Society of Women Engineers, Shelley shared what it means to be an engineer with more than 400 students and their families.

At her display table, Shelley explained that engineers not only design products, but they also need to be able to think creatively and critically, working as a member of a team to solve problems. Engineers work every day to develop new, more efficient processes; find solutions to global issues and simplify people’s lives. She demonstrated some real-world applications and answered questions from curious, interested students.

In addition to this month’s STEM Days of Summer, Shelley also volunteered at the Society of Women Engineers’ Girl Scout event in May. Shelley described her engineering experience and a typical day in the life of an engineer and participated in a meet-and-greet session with the older scouts. As part of the day’s activities, the scouts also participated in hands-on activities, allowing them to earn their Junior STEM Career Exploration badge and Mechanical Engineering: Balloon Car badge.

Shelley Gager joined ABB’s NEMA Motors Division after nearly 20 years as a member of ABB’s Mechanical Power Transmission Division. She began her career in the coal mining industry, in which she gained an understanding of the needs of customers who require reliable, readily available and affordable solutions to continue to produce material. In her current role as Segment Manager for General Industries, she implements product strategy to support the business through distributor channels. In addition, she leads the NEMA business unit to profitable growth globally. Shelley earned a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of West Virginia. Born and raised in West Virginia, she currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband and two children

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