Society of Women Engineers

Board of Trustees, Trustee

Paula McDonald, Trustee

Paula McDonald is a Materials Engineer for rockets used in Missile Defense applications.  She currently works for Raytheon after spending 15 years at Aerojet Rocketdyne.  She holds a Six Sigma Blackbelt and specializes in a variety of critical high temperature materials, composites, adhesives and ablative insulation materials.

Paula holds a Bachelors degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Davis.  She has been a SWE leader for over 12 years, including the Council of Representatives, Region A Treasurer and Sacramento Valley Section President.  As Region A Treasurer, she helped establish their first portfolio during the worst market of a generation, which was held through the recovery.  The extraordinary gains enabled endowment of the Golden West Region Legacy Scholarship.  She is also a talented presenter that has led several sessions at SWE Local and Annual Conferences and was a keynote speaker for Evening with Industry. She is excited to apply this experience in her first year serving the SWE Board of Trustees.

Paula enjoys traveling, music & theater, and exploring nature.  She is a devoted momgineer of a six-year-old boy and has been married for 14 years to an engineering executive.