My name is Chris Miner and I'm the Vice President of In-Service Aircraft Carrier Programs at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding. Last year I had the honor of participating on a panel at the STEP Forward event in Hampton, Virginia with other leaders in manufacturing. This year, I am excited to participate as a champion for the recently launched MFG Women online community platform.
As a young engineer 35 years ago, my never wavering passion for shipbuilding was fueled by my first assignment testing propulsion systems on new fast attack submarines. It was there I learned what it meant to be part of something larger than myself, and to be part of a team that together can accomplish great things. After we took that submarine out to sea to test our work, I was hooked and have always considered it a blessing to be part of such a great team and the shipbuilding industry.
As I've progressed in my career, I've realized how important it is for leaders to share their stories, their passion and their experience with the young women and men who are our future. They will be the ones to continue transforming our manufacturing businesses, and it's our responsibility to help them innovate and grow well into the future.
On a personal note, my wife is also a shipbuilder and we are the proud parents of three girls, who are now young adults. Although they do not work in manufacturing, I believe platforms like this are critical for advancing women in industry – whether it's shipbuilding, manufacturing or other businesses. I look forward to this forum and am excited to be part of the conversation!
I am thrilled to be one of the Emerging Leaders Honorees at the 2018 Women in Step Ahead Ceremony.What inspired me to enter the manufacturing world was my strong aptitude in math coupled with a passionate push from my mother. Today, I am demonstrating a strong desire to "pay it forward" by encouraging girls in science, by volunteering for STEM events where I was serving as a model to inspire young women to consider careers in STEM.
As a newcomer to the US, I am developing, promoting, and supporting solutions to solve the needs of my local community, by been for example the United way coordinator lead under my department. In addition to my dedication to the i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) Covestro program which promotes STEM education, I worked with Greenlight for girls NASA event. When Hurricane Harvey sadly impacted Houston area, I had no doubt on providing weeks of support by helping to solve the needs of my local community.
The best part of my job is when you can feel the chemistry while we create products through teamwork. We are continuously working to make the world a brighter place! It becomes a magical power that makes us feel curious, courageous and colorful. I would love to introduce everyone to the world of manufacturing and get a taste of this enchanted world! Manufacturing is our way to convert raw materials into magical products that will illuminate your life.Looking forward to meet you all!