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Jill Meyers

Aerospace Engineer. USAF Veteran. STEM Champion.

For her lifelong support of STEM education, Jill has received several awards including the San Diego Chamber of Commerce 2016 Women in Leadership Award and the AIAA 2018 Outstanding Enhancement of the Image of the Aerospace Profession Award.  The New Mexico Technology Council recently named Jill a 2020 Women in Technology Award winner. And, in a you-can’t-make-this-up moment, Mattel recently tapped her to promote STEM careers for girls in partnership with the Columbia Memorial Space Center and “Barbie’s DreamHouse” in Southern California.

While serving in the United States Air Force, Jill maintained communications systems worldwide, supporting Strategic Air Command, U.S. Space Command, and the United States Air Forces in Europe. After transitioning to civilian life, she worked as an Aerospace Engineer for companies like Boeing, where she supported the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) surveillance aircraft and other government programs. At Northrop Grumman, Jill managed the development and delivery of state-of-the-art communication and navigation systems for the F-35 Lightning II “Joint Strike Fighter” jet.

In 2017, Jill supported the first-ever female commercial pilot from Afghanistan, former refugee Shaesta Waiz, in her dream of flying solo around the world in a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza, managing logistics for the global flight and planning all 32 outreach events in 14 countries. A Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Jill is an independent aviation consultant and regularly advises film and TV projects, including the award-winning 2019 documentary film Fly Like A Girl.  

Photos: courtesy Jill Meyers

Featured Presentation

Shifting the Balance: Women in Aviation

Pilot and Aerospace Engineer Jill Meyers takes the audience on a ride through history, celebrating trailblazing women in the fields of aviation and aerospace around the world--from Bessie Coleman, the first woman of African American descent to obtain a pilot’s license, to the unsung WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots) of WWII, to Colonel Nicole Malachowski, the first female Air Force Thunderbird pilot---sharing their personal stories, challenges, and triumphs.  For student presentations, Jill also explores the dynamic career paths that are possible through solid STEM education, from flying airplanes to designing spacecraft, to building and fixing fighter jets. 

Beyond the fields of aviation and aerospace, this show is about connecting with and following your dreams.

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