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Kayleen Helms
Dr. Kayleen Helms | Image: Photo courtesy of: Kayleen Helms

Dr. Kayleen Helms, former aerospace engineering student and member of the aerospace engineering advisory board, was awarded the 2019 Prism Award from the Society of Women Engineers.

The Prism Award recognizes an individual who has charted her own path throughout her career, providing leadership in technology fields and professional organizations along the way.

Helms earned a master’s and a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University. She continued at Texas A&M as a post-doctoral research associate and lecturer in aerospace engineering, where she helped establish the materials science and engineering graduate degree program. She also taught several courses in mechanics and materials science, and received the 2001 SEC Faculty of the Year Award. Helms also coordinated and taught six College of Engineering study abroad programs, and was very active in undergraduate curriculum, recruitment and outreach, including serving as a Women in Science and Engineering board member.

Helms joined Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group in the Assembly Technology and Test Development (ATTD) organization in Chandler, Arizona, where she has been in multiple groups supporting manufacturing, design, and quality and reliability (Q&R) for 12 years. Externally, she leads efforts interacting with customers, industry consortia, and tool and collateral suppliers. Internally, she leads or supports efforts across ATTD, business groups, sales and marketing, and Q&R to address structural integrity challenges in manufacturing, thermal-mechanical enabling and other Q&R risks, influencing business processes. She has authored several technical publications and contributions to industry standards.

Additionally, Helms is a member of several professional organizations across disciplines and active in various service roles.

She will be recognized at WE19, the world’s largest conference and career fair for women engineers in Anaheim, California, Nov. 7-9.