Feb. 24: Industry Leaders to Be Profs for a Day

Students to Learn about Engineering, Computer Science Careers

Cal State Fullerton graduate Mona C. Simpson of the Boeing Co. keynotes the Wednesday, Feb. 24, College of Engineering and Computer Science "Professor for a Day" event, being held during National Engineers Week to promote a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of, and interest in, engineering and technology careers.

Boeing's Mona Simpson is keynoting "Professor for a Day" activities Feb. 24 at Cal State Fullerton. 

Boeing's Mona Simpson is keynoting "Professor for a Day" activities Feb. 24 at Cal State Fullerton. 

Simpson (B.S. engineering–mechanical '87) will be among 21 guest professors — 14 of which are CSUF alumni — who will share their expertise and careers in the engineering and technology professions.

Simpson, who is Boeing's director of site services and manufacturing support, shared services group supplier management, will present “Satellite Orbits and Operations” at 1 p.m. at the Fullerton Marriott (southeast corner of campus). Though her keynote is by invitation only, journalists are welcome to attend.

Last year, Simpson received CSUF's Distinguished Alumna Award and currently serves on the college's leadership council. She has held several leadership positions at Boeing and, in her current role, is responsible for the contract management of domestic construction projects valued at more than $3.5 billion, including facilities services and the maintenance, repair and operations commodities used in the assembly of airplane programs.

Joining Simpson as guest professors are:

  • Yousef Alinaghian (B.S .engineering-civil '75, M.S. engineering-civil '77), president, CRC CLOUD

  • Caecilia Gotama (B.S. engineering-mechanical '82, M.S. engineering-mechanical '86) owner, PSPF Holdings LLC

  • Sean Peasley (B.S. computer science '88), principal, Deloitte

  • William Purpura (B.S.engineering-mechanical '76, M.S. engineering-mechanical '79, MBA '83), managing partner, Dargon Development

  • Olivia Stella (B.S. computer science '08, M.S. software engineering '10), software engineer for Panasonic Avionics

Guest professors are speaking in classes held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the College of Engineering and Computer Science,
 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831. A schedule is available upon request.