STEM Professional of the week

Anabel Valle Astorga      
Rockwell Collins

With 24 years of experience in the Manufacturing Industry with Rockwell Collins, Anabel Valle Astorga has not only earned the title of role model for her genuine interest in professional growth for all of her employees, but has also shown great commitment to the avionics and technology fields.

Born in Sonora, Mexico, Anabel grew up an introverted and disciplined child. With a natural eagerness to learn, she showed special interest in math and computer science early on. She learned to read and studied basic math well before starting elementary school. By high school, she was looking toward the future, contemplating a career as a school teacher or an engineer. After enrolling at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja, California, Anabel chose to pursue a degree in engineering and in 1989 graduated with honors with a bachelor’s in electronics engineering.

Anabel’s working relationship with Rockwell Collins began in 1997 during her last semester of her undergraduate studies. In an effort to pay for her education, she worked a full-time job while attending school, at the company’s Mexicali facility, EEMSA. Given her full dedication and high sense for quality, as an individual contributor and as a leader, she continued to grow within the company. She was promoted to Test Engineer, Business Unit Manager, Master Scheduled Manager, Operations Manager and ultimately to General Manager in 2008.

Seven years later, Anabel continues to soar as General Manager for the Mexicali facility. In this role she is responsible for the test and service of cabin and pilot control products and she consistently demonstrates her drive and leadership skills in leading the organization to achieve higher levels of performance. She also directs the development and implementation of activities in production areas to ensure timely, high quality production at the lowest cost consistent with the quality requirements. She leads this state-of-the-art 100,000 square foot facility with 750 employees. Anabel distinguishes herself by consistently looking for ways to continuously improve her facility and processes.

Anabel’s interest in helping the Hispanic community is evident by her active participation with her alma mater. Deeply connected to teaching, she spent four years as a professor in the Engineering Department of the university. The university recognized her as an exceptional student and presented her with a plaque that to this day, resides in the University of Engineering Faculty facility.

Outside of work obligations, Anabel is a proud mom of two children and recently celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary with her husband, Cladio Lopez.

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