2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Cassy Gardner, 24
Engineer, Banks Integration Group; Vacaville, Calif.; BS Biological Systems Engineering, University of California, Davis
Cassy Gardner, 24
Engineer, Banks Integration Group; Vacaville, Calif.
BS Biological Systems Engineering, University of California, Davis
Though Gardner is in an entry-level position at Banks Integration Group, she has significantly impacted her company and continues to help reshape its direction and culture. She exhibits tremendous leadership skills and sets a great example for others. Gardner is actively involved in creating a positive environment at Banks; she has taken the lead role in Bright Ideas, one of Banks’ management’s initiatives aimed at improving employee engagement. In this role, Gardner has engaged and collaborated with employees of all levels within her company. The initiative’s goal is to encourage each employee to improve the company by promoting empowerment, collaboration, leadership, initiative, perseverance, accountability, creativity, and a growth mindset. Gardner has developed the infrastructure to help employees make a positive impact and influence the direction of the company through this initiative. Additionally, Gardner has shown an aptitude for fostering client relationships and teamwork. She enjoys collaborating in order to achieve solutions to complex controls problems and has successfully done so on multiple technically complex projects. In addition to her contributions at Banks, Gardner enjoys working with children to foster interest in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. She recently participated as a mentor in the Women in Science and Engineering program at UC Davis and helped execute and coordinate an outreach presentation at the local Boys & Girls Club of America. She actively participates in the local International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) chapter planning and organizing events and also has spoken at the local student chapter of ISPE about controls engineering.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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