womengineers day 2003 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Attractions Engineering Services and Quality Assurance
Walt Disney World® Co.
in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, Rachel attended Michigan
State University and graduated with a degree in Electrical
Engineering and a minor in Theater.
Rachel’s early engineering jobs included medical
research in Functional Electrical Stimulation for spinal-cord
injury patients, Facilities and Construction Management
at General Motors, Controls Engineering at General Mills,
and Technical Support for United Electric, an Allen-Bradley
Rachel joined Walt Disney World® Ride and Show Engineering
in 1997. She was part of the Imagineering team that built
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. After construction,
she joined Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Engineering
Services team as the park’s Reliability Engineer.
Later Rachel was promoted to the Manager of Park Systems
and Transportation. In this role, she led the Park Systems
team that maintained the data and audio communications networks
and the stand-alone PC show equipment. Rachel also led the
Transportation team that maintained the park’s trains,
boats, and Safari vehicles. This experience eventually led
Rachel to Walt Disney World® Technical Services where
she managed teams that supported radio, video, electronic
access, PC and peripherals, point of sale, and alarm systems
needed for operations of the Walt Disney World® Resort.
In her current role, Rachel is leading a team focused on
the technical proficiency of the maintenance teams that
work on rides and attractions. She also leads the Quality
Assurance teams that are responsible for safety through
inspections, engineering reviews, and process control.
On the home front, Rachel has been married for ten years
to Lawrence, a Jazz musician, who is a stay-at-home dad
for their beautiful son, Lawson.