Susan Kawa

Career scientist, bringing the power of simple analytics to the small business community

I come to web-based teaching with over 20 years tech industry experience in software, electrical, and systems engineering, including fascinating assignments across commercial technology, government defense, maritime, and aviation segments.

After shivering through my Electrical Engineering Bachelor's Degree at Cornell University, I basked through Master's Degree studies (Systems Engineering) at sunny Florida Tech. My day job, a technical leadership role with a top-10 defense contractor, is analytics-centric: I hold a Six Sigma Green Belt, practice Earned Value as a Project Engineer, and spread wisdom on Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) along technology's front lines. I’ve completed dozens of focus assignments on analytics, metrics development and retooling, and team “reprogramming.” Mentoring in the engineering department is my specialty.

My affiliations include: INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering), Society of Women Engineers, the 99's International Organization of Women Pilots, and American Mensa. In my free time, in addition to writing analytics coursework, I judge the science fair at the elementary level (because I'm not very scary), and write science grants for the local public schools.

I'm delighted to debut as a web-based instructor. Enjoy my course! I look forward to your feedback.

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