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BEYOND THE BOX

Sharon Spaulding is photographed at
Highland Middle School in Highland, New York.

Engineering as a Mindset
When IBM Packaging Engineer Sharon Spaulding isn't
working in her field, she's out promoting it
By Rebecca Lubecki

W

hether it's with potential, aspiring or current
engineers, IBM Packaging Engineer Sharon Spaulding
knows how to keep in tune with her
community. Spaulding is currently
a member of the Society of Women
Engineers, a group that fosters the
growth and development of women
in the industry, as well as DiscoverE,
a global program that encourages
students to understand what engineering is truly about.

Women Supporting Women
) ÃÄÃÄÉIÈ! Ä&ÉÈîÉÈQÃ3"Ä'Èing was looking to meet more women. She joined the Society of Women
Engineers for the social aspect and
for the support available.

"There's not a lot of women that
are joining and staying in engineering, so it's important that those who
have an interest continue at the
collegiate level, and that those who
Ä$Éà Ã&ÉÃ)!$ îÉÈÃ%&Ä1Ã&É$ÉNÃ
It's like-minded women, women
supporting each other to keep women in engineering."

Encouraging
Tomorrow's Engineers
Another way Spaulding facilitates
growth in her industry is through her
work with DiscoverE. Spaulding and
other volunteers visit students from
kindergarten all the way up to college
with an activity tailored to the level
of that particular age group. Projects range from building the tallest

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structure with only a few supplies to
recreating a ski jump and launching
a marble.
"There isn't always a right and
a wrong answer to this kind of
problem that we present, so people
need to think and solve things differently, work together with your
team to come up with solutions,"
she says. "It may be something
really simple but what they come
up with is just amazing."
Spaulding notes a difference
between the age groups she works
with. Younger students surprise her
because they don't limit themselves
in options for solving their activities
and overall, they aren't as afraid to
get creative.
"Younger people have an idea
of what engineering is but not what
it can really encompass. Students
always think it takes someone who
is exceptionally good in math and
science to do it. Well, in essence. it
doesn't. They just need curiosity
of how things work or how to make
things better."

An Unexpected Passion
Spaulding's career as a protective
packaging engineer was something
she fell into. "I was offered the position. I said: 'Sure, I'll try it.' I did this
over 20 years ago and fell in love
with it."
Her team is responsible for designing packaging for the items that
ship out of IBM's Poughkeepsie, New
York, location. That might involve
shipping spare parts or packaging a
multimillion-dollar mainframe.
"It's my responsibility that when
it leaves the plant, it's in the correct
packaging so when it gets to the customer, it's undamaged. There's a lot
of engineering that goes into it, and
it's something that you don't necessarily think about: How is it going to
get from your manufacturing site to
the customer?"
Today, Spaulding is considered
an expert on the topic (learn more at
bit.ly/32Q7gqt).

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