Heidi Stair, a mechanical engineer with Advantage Controls, recently received a 2020 Women in STEM Award. The award was presented by the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance as part of the Oklahoma Women in STEM event at Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow. Stair was recognized for her leadership within Advantage Controls, the water treatment industry, and the Muskogee community.
Stair’s insight and expertise are solicited and valued by her peers and management alike, said Jeff O’Neil, Advantage Controls president. “She is a cross-functional team payer capable of independently leading a project or collaborating with a team of inside and outside engineering personnel.”
With research and testing of new products, Stair has contributed with creative ideas and detailed engineering design to ensure successful product development, said Judy McCombs, extension agent with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. “Working with Heidi on several critical projects, I was impressed with her creativity combined with rigorous follow through until a successful design was achieved.”
Stair serves as a role model for women who have expressed an early interest in STEM-related careers. “She never misses an opportunity to share her passion and enthusiasm for engineering and manufacturing with area students at various regional events including Dream It Do It plant tours, Manufacturing Day Block Party, Annual Math & Engineering Design Competition and speaking engagements.” O’Neil said. “Through her community involvement, Heidi serves as a great ambassador for STEM professions.”
Lindsey McCall, workforce development manager for the Port of Muskogee Industrial Development Office, echoed O’Neil’s sentiments. “Having Heidi as part of our Dream It. Do It team has been wonderful. She is a great example of the next generation manufacturer to our students. The students can hear about how successful she is in the industry and really imagine themselves doing the same in the future. Heidi is a great asset to Muskogee.”
A Claremore Oklahoma native, Stair graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biosystem Engineering and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Colorado State University.