ECE Alum Christine Miska Honored by Mass High Tech as One of Ten Women to Watch for 2008

Christine Miska, an alumna of the ECE department at WPI, was recently honored by Mass High Tech as one of ten Women to Watch for 2008. Christine was recognized along with nine other local women for leadership, innovation and dedication to their industries and communities.

About Christine...

After graduating from High School in Agawam, Massachusetts, Christine went to Worcester Polytechnic Institute to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.  At WPI, Christine was a coxwain for the crew team, captain of the cheerleading squad, president of the band and she earned a yellow belt in karate.  She became a proud member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.  Christine met her future husband, Walter Miska, a civil engineering major, and they graduated together in 1993.

Christine's first engineering job was working at Martin Marietta in Utica, New York at a GE Aerospace business that had been acquired only days before receiving her job offer.  She was hired into the GE Edison Engineering program that provided leadership training, rotational work assignments and a Master's degree in 3 years time.  After only 2 years she became the youngest supervisor of the leadership program.  She completed the 3 year program with a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and gained valuable experience as a radar systems engineer.

After Martin Marietta became Lockheed Martin, Christine and her husband moved back to Massachusetts in 1997 where she worked at Lockheed Martin in Hudson, New Hampshire.  She gained experience as a systems engineer for airborne signal intelligence systems, working in the field for 9 years.  Her assignments included leadership roles that gradually increased in responsibility, from a team lead to a program engineering manager of a $10 million program.  Her company changed names again as her business was sold to BAE Systems.  Last year, Christine transferred to BAE Systems in Lexington to the Infrared Imaging Systems (IRIS) business area.  She currently manages the IRIS Systems Engineering group that designs, produces, and delivers night-vision systems that protect the warfighter.  Christine is one of 20 employees in BAE Systems in North America selected to participate in the 2008 Leadership Enhancement and Accelerated Development Program.

Christine has participated in a number of mentor programs and programs that encourage girls to learn about engineering.  She led a Women In Technology program for high school students, facilitated high school hands-on demonstrations, and was a guest speaker teaching job interview skills for WPI's Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

Christine and her husband live in Ayer, MA with their 2 children.  Outside of work she plays volleyball, coaches her kids' soccer teams, and serves as the secretary of the school Parent Teacher Association.

March 14, 2008