STEM Professional of the week

Yolanda Torres      
U.S. Navy

Known to excel at any challenge presented to her, Yolanda Torres has been recognized for her highly analytical, thorough and skilled project planning and resource allocation. The dedicated manager and leader started her career as a civilian for the U.S. Navy in 1989 and now serves as Senior Project Manager in the Navy's Naval Warfare Center/Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposable Technology Division.

With a career spanning 25 years, Yolanda is responsible for all aspects of projects including budget preparation, proposal submissions, project planning, resource scheduling, project execution, risk management, status reporting and financial management. She researches and provides explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics and their immediately related components for fighting forces around the world. As Technical Agent, she is also responsible for all Navy and Marine Corps weapons systems, to ensure that all fielded weapons be assessed, measured tested and documented for electrical safety. More recently, she has personally led two highly visible and critical efforts that directly support war fighters. One of which, directly supported the war fighter in Afghanistan where Yolanda provided the key leadership to successfully manufacture 3,750 units within four weeks of initial receipt of parts. To accomplish this, she had to plan and execute the renovation and preparation of a new manufacturing and test facility.

Yolanda has received high praise from her project sponsors for her professionalism and responsiveness. Indian Head is considered by sponsors as the model organization for their programs, largely due to her leadership skills and efforts. She has served as the Hispanic Employment Coordinator for 3 years and received an Outstanding Performance Award for her contribution. She was also a member of the stations Equal Employment Opportunity committee as a collateral duty.

As an active member of the community, Yolanda volunteers at her church and school. She serves as a member of the parish liturgical committee, catechist teacher, lector and coordinator for altar servers. She lives in Maryland with her husband, a daughter who is currently in college and a son. Yolanda graduated Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and was the recipient of Great Minds in STEM Luminary Award in 2013.

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