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By Catherine Cruz Norton, Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Pacific Public Affairs PEARL HARBOR (NNS) - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific celebrated National Women's History Month March 25 by reflecting on the valuable contributions of many of its women professionals in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professional career fields.
This year's theme, Women Inspiring through Innovation and Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), is fitting for NAVFAC.
"NAVFAC Pacific has developed a diverse workforce serving our Military and enhancing our productivity and effectiveness," said Vice Commander Capt. Pete Lynch. "We have remarkable examples of women engineers, and science and technology professionals with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. They each significantly contribute to our mission and personify the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment."
One example of this dedication to duty can be found in NAVFAC Pacific Supervisory Civil Engineer Majella Stevenson. An established civil engineer, Stevenson retired from the U.S. Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officer in 2010 after 20 years of devoted service.
Employed with NAVFAC for three years, Stevenson supervises program managers for NAVFAC Pacific's overseas assistance programs and spends the majority of her time managing the more than $40 million Philippine Operations Support Contract (POSC) program.
"Working for NAVFAC, I am able to develop more expertise in the financial and long term planning areas," said Stevenson. "I am currently a cadre member in the NAVFAC Leadership Development Program (LDP), which has provided me invaluable mentoring and opportunities to enhance my leadership and business management skills."
In addition to her full time job, Stevenson said she spends time paying-it-forward by mentoring young women who have expressed interest in pursuing an education and career in STEM.
"Too many young people believe that only those who are naturally born with strong math talents can succeed in engineering and the technical fields," Stevenson said. "In truth, learning math is a skill, not a talent, and can be learned with practice just like riding a bike."
Stevenson was named a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in March 2012, a distinguished designation among professional engineers. In addition, she said her proudest professional achievement was completing her 20-year military career as a Navy CEC officer.
"This gave me the opportunity to work with some of the finest people in the military, and I am grateful to be able to continue my service by working for NAVFAC Pacific."
NAVFAC Pacific employs approximately 31 female engineers and 14 women in science and technology career fields.
"The command is committed to promoting the value of careers in STEM, and to diversity in the workplace," said Lynch. "On behalf of NAVFAC Pacific, we join our colleagues across the Nation in celebrating the immense contributions of women in these professional fields."