Thursday, April 8 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Delivered Remotely

Pillar: Collaborative

In your career as an engineer, change is inevitable. Projects, teams, managers, locations, jobs - they will all change at some point, and often multiple times. This session, led by three OSU engineering alumni in different disciplines and stages of their careers, will delve into the challenges and opportunities that change can present, and provide concrete strategies and advice for both navigating and leading others through change. Change can be unsettling and even a little overwhelming at times, but our session will show how it can be positive, exciting, and beneficial for you, and your future as an engineer!


Presented by: Ben Nader, Product Manager at Facebook (electrical engineering ‘07); Samantha Wallace, Engineering Supervisor, Sustaining at Acumed (bioengineering ‘17), and Heidi Wolfe, Senior Director of Engineering Operations at L3Harris Technologies (mechanical engineering, ‘06).


About our workshop facilitators:


Ben Nader currently leads a team of engineering and product management for Video products at Facebook. His team focuses on the infrastructure that powers billions of videos each day on Facebook Watch (Facebook's flagship video product), Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Oculus.

Before Facebook, he founded Butterfleye, an IoT & smart home startup backed by notable Silicon Valley angels and venture institutional investors. With $7M, Butterfleye built and shipped a complex connected-device product & service powered by machine learning and advanced cloud-based intelligence. The team grew from 0 to 30 employees across various disciplines. Ooma Inc (an American publicly traded consumer telecommunications company. Ticker: OOMA (NYSE)) acquired Butterfleye in 2017, and Ben joined as VP of the video solutions team reporting to the CEO.

Prior to founding Butterfleye, Ben had held various product management, general management, and engineering roles. He has developed many different technologically advanced hardware and software products from conception through mass production and eventually end of life.

He has been recognized as a 'Change Agent' by USA Today, supported by his background at Texas Instruments, Maxim, Intel, and InFocus. He has written and published technical articles on audio/video connectivity as well as multiple patents pending.

In 2015, he was the commencement speaker for the graduating class of EECS students at Oregon State University. The speech is about "entrepreneur of life" and some parallels about an immigrant's life and the life of a tech entrepreneur/founder. Speech is on Youtube. OSU later awarded him to their Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers. 


Samantha Wallace is currently working as a Product Engineer at Acumed, a company that produces medical device and orthopaedic solutions, in their Sustaining department. She graduated from Oregon State as a Bioengineer in 2017 and graduated from the University of Portland with her Masters of Biomedical Engineering in 2018. During her undergraduate studies she participated in two internships, one at OHSU and the other at Qorvo in Bend, OR. Before joining Acumed in her current position, during her graduate studies Samantha’s master’s project consisted of developing a non-invasive and quantitative pediatric hydration monitor with two Doernbecher ER physicians that is currently being used in clinical trials. She also interned at Micro Systems Engineering/Biotronik working on spinal cord stimulation clinical studies.  As a student, Samantha was involved in a range of student organizations including BMES, SWE, CBEE student club, and she worked in the Women and Minorities in Engineering Department.


Heidi Wolfe joined L3Harris in June 2020 and is responsible for the functional and technical management of multiple projects across the enterprise engineering function. Her role has emphasis on talent development, leading continuous process and productivity improvement initiatives, digital engineering, and developing and monitoring technical standards for engineering. Prior to joining L3Harris, Heidi spent 13 years with the Boeing Company, where she gained a wealth of experience in commercial aerospace. Her background includes leadership experience in systems engineering, airplane level integration, business operations, and engineering operations on the 787 and 737 programs. Heidi is originally from Portland, Oregon and has lived internationally in Japan, Italy, England, and Malaysia. She holds an MBA from the London Business School with concentrations in strategy and change management, a master of science in Project Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University.


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