Alumni Amy Pierce Offers Management Insight to Women in ECE


October 5, 2004

Amy Pierce, who has been working for Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida since she graduated from what was then the Electrical Engineering Department in 1980, joined a group of ten Women in ECE (WinECE) students over dinner and shared her experiences rising from engineering to management.

As an engineering manager in the Software Department, Amy supervises approximately 100 employees with fifteen group leaders using the matrix management method. A part of the government division, she has worked on projects with GPS technology and contracts for NASA.

Harris Corporation uses the Capability Maturity Model for Software created by Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute to identify best practices in process development. Through her project experience, Amy has found that education in hardware enhances a software engineering role.

When she visits Carnegie Mellon to recruit for her team, Amy looks at the student's overall experience including internships, class projects, research, and teamwork. All applicants to Harris must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

WinECE is an organization for the professional development of women students and alumni in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Carnegie Mellon alumni Amy Pierce shows off her new WinECE t-shirt.