Date published: January 26, 2022
Katie P. may be new to the National Aerospace Solutions Team, having joined at Arnold Air Force Base just three months ago as a Control Systems Project Engineer for DragonFire. But, she is not new to her field. In fact, she was recently recognized by NAS parent company, Bechtel, as the Bechtel Distinguished Technical Specialist (DTS) for Industrial Control Systems and Cybersecurity.
Very few in the company are selected for this elite title, which is granted in various technical functions of the business. When selected, it signifies that inside and outside the company, you are regarded as an expert in your specific technical area. As a DTS you are available to support colleagues if they have questions and mentor others in that area.
“It was an honor to be recognized as somebody who is knowledgeable and an expert in this field,” Katie said. “Bechtel has a lot of talented individuals in different subject matters, so to be recognized among them is an honor.”
Katie has risen to expert level quickly, having joined Bechtel straight out of college. During her Bechtel career, she has supported numerous high profile projects, which eventually led to her role as Technical Director of the ICS/Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition Lab. She was responsible for setting this lab up – including procuring the equipment, staffing, and developing work processes. She advised projects on the requirements of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Risk Management Framework, Department of Energy, and International Society of Automation cybersecurity standards. While there she was promoted to Manager of Cybersecurity Program Directives. Katie’s DTS designation also took into account her involvement in external committees and organizations related to cybersecurity. In 2020, Katie was named a Founding Fellow for the Control Systems Cyber Security Association International, a global not-for-profit organization with 18,000 members supporting professionals who secure control systems.
Katie was presented with a certificate and lapel pin by the NAS General Manager and senior Engineering managers in early January.
Photo caption: Katie P., second from right, is presented with a certificate recognizing her as a Bechtel Distinguished Technical Specialist for Industrial Control Systems and Cybersecurity. Presenting her certificate, from left, is Engineering Manager Jeff M., General Manager Rich T., and Engineering and Functional Manager Janet R.