Alan Mallory, International Speaker, Author, Coach, and Professional Engineer

Alan Mallory is an international speaker, author and performance coach who is passionate about leadership and human performance. A graduate from Queen's University, he has worked internationally with large organizations as a professional engineer and project manager focusing on innovation and building relationships. Living and working abroad has given Alan the opportunity to deepen his understanding of individual and team challenges, better appreciate cultural diversity and successfully adapt to different organizational structures. Alan has always had a keen interest in discovering what drives us to do what we do and how we can use this knowledge to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. Through his work and life experiences, he has discovered that his true passion is helping people reach new heights by cultivating effective ways of thinking and taking action.

Alan holds a world record from his family’s ascent of Mount Everest in 2008 but he has also overcome many internal ‘Everests’ in his life, from working through social phobia and generalized anxiety disorder to breaking free from depression. It was these internal challenges that sparked Alan’s passion for studying the human mind and set him on a journey of self-discovery and continuous self-improvement in the areas of mental health and emotional intelligence. Alan delivers a number of exciting presentations and training programs in these fields that are designed to help individuals, team members and organizations reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take.


Breakout Sessions:

Lauren Brush & Brandy Barnes, Engineers at Daimler Trucks North America

Session: Being a New Engineer in a Field Older than Your Grandparents

You’re about to join the workforce… what the heck are you supposed to be expecting?! Lauren Brush and Brandy Barnes are young, new to the workforce, engineers at Daimler Trucks North America. In their few years at the company, both have been promoted and acknowledged for their hard work, thoughtful designs, and commitment to teamwork and culture changes. “Being a New Engineer in a Field Older than Your Grandparents” is a fun, light hearted take on entering the workforce and what to really expect. Lauren and Brandy don’t pull their punches, and you’re sure to laugh while learning (hopefully) a few things along the way!

Lauren Brush is a Suspension Design Engineer at Daimler Trucks North America in Portland. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in communications from Oregon State University in 2017. While at Oregon State, Lauren was heavily involved in the Leadership Academy and worked as a COE student ambassador, engaging with potential students and families while also creating an inclusive atmosphere for new students within the college. Now having the rare experience as both a participant and an industry rep within the Leadership Academy, Lauren hopes to impact as many students as possible.

Brandy Barnes is a DEF Systems (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) Design Engineer at Daimler Trucks North America in Portland. Brandy is originally from Maryland and she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indiana Tech in 2017. While at Indiana Tech, Brandy was president of the NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), a resident assistant, and a member of the soccer team.  From her involvement Brandy developed a passion for helping students receive equal opportunities and professional development.  Now Brandy is the Vice Chair for Daimler’s employee resource group SEAD (Support Employees of the African Diaspora).  With this position she can continue to support young professionals and organize events for Daimler to reach out and help the community.


Dave Chin, BusinessCOACH of Oregon

Session: Daniel Pink’s “Drive”

Everything we think we know about what motivates us is wrong. From Daniel H. Pink’s, bestselling book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, comes a paradigm-shattering look at what truly motivates us and how we can use that knowledge to work smarter and live better. Most of us believe the best way to motivate ourselves and others is with external rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake. The secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. Drive is bursting with big ideas that will change how you think and transform how you live.

Dave Chin, owner of BusinessCOACH of Oregon, helps businesses reignite their passion and accelerate to success. His clients are re-energized, refocused, and growing their businesses more than they ever thought possible. They work fewer hours, earn more money and experience less stress. Dave is a Chemical Engineering and MBA graduate of Oregon State University who applying his talents at Intel for 14 years before following his passion to help businesses and starting BusinessCOACH of Oregon.


Andrew Chrostowski, Chairman at RealWear, Inc.

Session: Developing Your Leadership Style

Almost everyone will agree that leadership is a vital element in every successful organization, and its lack is nearly universally accepted as a primary reason for organizational failures, both large and small. Leadership is an acquired skill and one deserving of intentional study in a world of increasing organizational diversity, technological complexity, disruption, risk, and change. In this seminar, we will examine the differences between management and leadership, how leadership styles affect organizations, and elements to consider for finding and developing your own style to create sustainable superior performance.

Andrew is a senior executive with deep experience in developing teams and strategies that enable innovation, growth, and profitability improvements. He is an NACD Governance Fellow and a member of the Digital Directors Network. He has a passion for working toward improved board performance and digital governance excellence to shape and secure the digital future for everyone.  He currently serves as a board member on the Finance Committee for the Rogers Group, and as the Chairman of the Advisory Board for RealWear where he recently served as COO.  Before beginning his civilian career, Andrew served nine years as a physicist and program manager working on satellite and Command, Control, Communication, and Intelligence Systems (C3I) systems.  He has held positions of increasing responsibility with Hitachi, Warner-Lambert, Pfizer, Energizer, Goodrich Aerospace, UTC, Tyco and JCI.  He holds two undergraduate degrees in Engineering Physics from Oregon State University’s Honor Program where he was a distinguished graduate of Air Force ROTC. He has a Master’s Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and later completed a certificate of professional development at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Oregon State University Industry Advisory Board for school of Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing Engineering.


Darren Coil, Director of Business Strategy at Microsoft

Session: Leadership in the Fast Lane: Managing Your Career and Your Life

In your life and career as an engineer and beyond, it is essential to be flexible and adapt to change, both in yourself and in the industry. Darren Coil, Director of Automotive Business Strategy for manufacturing and supply chain at Microsoft, will share his journey as a leader in the tech industry. Participants will learn more about the ways they can successful move through transition in their careers and life, and set themselves up to be successful, no matter what life brings.

Darren Coil brings a background in manufacturing operations, hardware and systems design coupled with automation and controls to his role in Supply Chain Business Technologies at Microsoft. He is currently working on the Digital Transformation of Microsoft Supply Chain and focusing on Decision Making and Machine Learning.  He has worked with multiple major companies from nearly every major manufacturing vertical.  Darren has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from OSU and a MBA from Arizona State.  He started his career putting his studies to work during college at his family's amusement ride manufacturing business.  He ventured from there to work for Intel as an equipment development engineer and moving on to complex program management of Manufacturing operations and engineering.  He honed his skills in the business segment as a VP, delivering manufacturing execution systems to the major market verticals.  In his personal life, he is an avid adventurer and always up for a new challenge.  From travel, to flying, or diving deep under the water, he loves to explore the world with his family. 

Darren Coil brings a background in manufacturing operations, supply chain operations, hardware and systems design coupled with automation and controls to his role as strategy lead for automotive Supply Chain and manufacturing Business Technologies at Microsoft.  He has worked with multiple major companies from nearly every major manufacturing vertical, optimizing process, people and technology.  Darren has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from OSU and a MBA from Arizona State.  He started his career putting his studies to work during college at his family's amusement ride manufacturing business.  He ventured from there to work for Intel as an equipment development engineer and moving on to complex program management of Manufacturing operations and engineering.  He honed his skills in the business segment as a VP, delivering manufacturing execution systems to the major market verticals.  In his personal life, he is an avid adventurer and always up for a new challenge.  From travel, to flying, or diving deep under the water, he loves to explore the world with his family. 

Jeronimo Cruz, Project Manager at Kiewit Corporation

Session: Unleashing the Leader Within

At some point in life each of us has dreamed to have an impact, to better our world, or to do something we find exciting.  Why is it that often such ideals don’t come to fruition?  The answer is simple and lies within you.  The time to act is now!

Jeronimo Cruz currently serves as a Project Manager for Kiewit Bridge & Marine.  Throughout his 24 year career at Kiewit, he has worked on multiple construction projects across the country and in various capacities.  Some high profile projects include the Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge, in Washington, the Willis Av. moveable bridge in New York, and the Honolulu elevated highway, in Hawaii.

When not involved in the construction of a project, Cruz pursues new work by working with designers and estimating teams on new project proposals.  Prior to taking on his current role, he worked as a District Contract Administration Manager, where he provided contract management oversight and guidance to multiple construction teams across the country.

Cruz has an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys developing people and building strong teams.  These traits have served him well in his career, where he is passionate about in investing in developing people. He enjoys spending time with his family and working on his tree farm.

Cruz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Management with a Minor in Business Administration from Oregon State University.

Danny Dig, OSU professor of computer science

Session: Learning From John C. Maxwell’s Live2Lead

John C. Maxwell is one of the most prolific authors and speakers about leadership in today’s society. His annual Live2Lead conference brings together some of the most high-profile leaders in various industries, from engineering, to business, to fashion, and more. The Live2Lead conference is then simulcast all over the world. This session will provide participants exclusive access to the Live2Lead simulcast, where they have the opportunity to view some of the content, and be inspired by the leadership journeys of individuals such as John Maxwell himself, Angela Ahrendts (former senior VP of Apple Retail), and more. Participants will also have the chance to preview content from the upcoming Leadership Academy Live2Lead series on October 30 and November 6!

Danny Dig is an associate professor of computer science in the School of EECS at Oregon State University, and an adjunct professor at University of Illinois. He enjoys doing research in Software Engineering, with a focus on interactive program transformations that improve programmer productivity and software quality. He successfully pioneered interactive program transformations by opening the field of refactoring in cutting-edge domains including mobile, concurrency and parallelism, component-based, testing, and end-user programming. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his research won the best Ph.D. dissertation award, and the first prize at the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals. He did a postdoc at MIT. Dr. Dig also has a strong interest and passion for leadership development, and is an Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team. He is certified to speak, facilitate, train, and coach individuals and groups about leadership, and has been trained and mentored by John Maxwell himself.


Sue Galatz, retired Business Director, NikeID at Nike

Session: “What’s Your Message?"

Effective communication doesn't "just happen"... it's designed.  The majority of this workshop provides the opportunity to explore four questions that unveil your message and intent. We'll wrap it up with a framework that pulls your presentation together.  (Note: although we talk about presentations, the best practices apply to all forms of communication). 

Sue Galatz recently retired from Nike.  While there, she served in various Business Director roles that spanned disciplines and fields. Before joining Nike, Galatz gained experience in directing global supply chain, engineering management, and corporate strategy at Mentor Graphics as well as Tektronix. She also has experience working as a business development consultant with numerous Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and education institutions (examples include:  Ford, IBM, FedEx, BMW, Nordstrom, Calpine, the US Navy, the State of Oregon, and the University of Nebraska). Galatz leverages strong communications and relationship building skills to bring great ideas to life. She is adept at making innovative ideas real, and making the complicated simple. She enjoys hiking, cycling, and other outdoor sports, along with art, travel, and community service. Galatz holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University, a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Portland, and a certification in Japanese from Shibusawa International School in Fukaya, Japan.

Debra Gale, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist at Thermo Fisher Scientific

Session: The “Gift” of Feedback and How It Can Make You a Stronger Leader

The most successful leaders are aware of how they present themselves and how others perceive them. This is achieved through good communication and trust in their relationships with others, which all comes down to the feedback loop. In this session, you will learn how to request actionable feedback from a supervisor or mentor, how to give quality feedback to others, and how to receive feedback effectively. Approaching feedback with a growth mindset is critical to strengthening your leadership skills!

Debra Gale is a Senior Staff Scientist in Research and Development at Thermo Fisher Scientific.  She joined Life Technologies in 2012, which was acquired in 2014 by Thermo Fisher Scientific.  Debra leads a global, cross-functional team to develop benchtop instrumentation and assays.  She partners closely with customers, in order to develop workflow solutions that increase efficiency.  In her product development role, Debra approaches projects with a continuous improvement mindset as a founding member of the site’s Process Improvement Team and a focus on the Quality System as an ISO 13485 Internal Auditor.  Additionally, Debra has managed the analytical chemistry R&D instrumentation facility and implemented ISO Quality Assurance monitoring of the NMR to ensure new materials and formulations characterization is robust and reliable. Debra was selected by the Thermo Fisher Scientific Chief Scientific Officer out of 5300 R&D scientists and engineers to join Thermo Fisher Scientific Leadership Academy with a cohort of 20 colleagues.  She recently received an Oregon Stater Council of Early Career Engineers Award from Oregon State University.  Debra is passionate about mentoring girls and young women in the fields of science and engineering.  Throughout her undergraduate and graduate work, she mentored many young women in engineering outreach programs.  Currently, Debra mentors female interns and colleagues at Thermo Fisher Scientific and leads her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop, focusing on robotics and coding. 

Debra holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Oregon State University.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Oregon State University, under the direction of Gregory Rorrer.

Ian Gilkerson, Senior Manager at Boeing

Session: Pivoting Into Your Career

As a college student, up until now, you have spent most of your life in the academic world. However, in a couple of years (or less), you will expand into the professional world, where expectations are very different. In this session, Ian Gilkerson of Boeing will share some essential tips for how you can successfully pivot from academia to the professional world, such as developing relationships that will support you now and beyond.

Ian Gilkerson is currently a senior manager in Product Development leading the Digital Transformation for future Boeing Commercial Airplanes products. He has led several teams developing large-scale enterprise software projects. Prior to his promotion to management, he spent time working extensively with partners and suppliers around the world to explain Boeing data and configuration methodologies.

He is a big-picture thinker, but believes that the details add up to move companies, industries and humanity in the right direction. He enjoys networking and mentoring individuals and the team. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. He and his wife grew up in a small farming town located 40 miles outside of Portland, Oregon and they enjoy returning to the family pear orchard with their children when they can.

Sahid Rosado Lausell, Recruitment & Diversity Initiatives Coordinator at OSU College of Engineering

Session: Engineering for Social Justice

The profession of engineering in the United States has historically served the status quo, feeding an ever-expanding materialistic and militaristic culture, remaining relatively unresponsive to public concerns and without significant pressure to change from within. This session calls upon engineering students to cultivate an understanding for social justice and to develop the skill and knowledge set needed to take practical action for change within the profession. Sahid Rosado Lausell, Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives Coordinator for the College of Engineering, will facilitate a workshop that will help students understand issues of social justice and equity, and provide examples and tools for ways they can promote social justice in their engineering realm.

Sahid Rosado Lausell is the Recruitment & Diversity Initiatives Coordinator for the College of Engineering. Her main duties involve coordinating and developing new recruiting efforts for the college, as well as recruiting, retaining, and supporting underrepresented students in the college.  As the co-advisor for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and oSTEM (Out in STEM), she works to ensure a diverse and inclusive environment for all our students. Sahid has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, and both a M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Ed.M in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Michael Silvey, Operational Excellence Analyst at Genentech

Session: Enabling Operational Excellence

Organizations can achieve world-class status through continuous improvement and challenging standards in order to increase throughput, product quality, and innovate new solutions. In undergraduate studies, engineers are trained to solve complex technical problems focusing on optimizing technology and processes to achieve ‘ideal’ performance. During this conversation, we will begin to unpack obstacles that often prevent manufacturing organizations from sustaining improvements and understand how a change management and people approach lead organizations to achieve business targets.  

Michael Silvey started with Genentech ~4 years ago after graduating from Oregon State with a BS in BioEngineering. He is a leader in business development and change management pursuing a Masters of Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship focused in Biotech Management from Johns Hopkins University.   Currently, he is the lead of the Operational Excellence team at Genentech’s Hillsboro manufacturing facility where he leverages skills and experience in Drug Product and Drug Substance Pharmaceutical Processes, Leadership, Lean Manufacturing, and Change Management.  These skill sets, experiences, and education enable him to continue pursuing his passion to lead and  develop teams of technical experts to deliver innovative products to patients at lower cost and faster.

Sneha Sinha, Engineering Student Council President & Leadership Academy Member

Session: Everyday Inclusive Leadership

Everyday Inclusive Leadership is a way to approach your daily interactions with intention and purpose. Being a leader is all about understanding your team and supporting them in the specific ways that they will thrive through. As a woman of color, Sneha’s active pursuit of developing inclusive engineering cultures both in academia and in industry has been formed through a lifetime of first-hand experiences and scientific research. Learn about the role of inclusion in engineering and management, and identify ways to empower your team.

Sneha Sinha is a 4th year Industrial Engineering undergraduate student focusing on Engineering Management. She works as President of the Engineering Student Council as well as an College of Engineering Ambassador, where she identifies opportunities to support students through various initiatives. As Intern in the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Sneha supports the office by engaging underrepresented students through social media and events, collaborating with student organizations and cultural centers on campus, and working on various projects to highlight the importance of diversity & inclusion in engineering.