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Silicon Valley Engineering Council

815 11Th Avenue

Sunnyvale, California 94089

United States

Company Description

Founded in 1989, SVEC is a dedicated, non-profit educational organization focused on helping local chapters of its member engineering organizations and technical societies to better serve their constituents and the community. Among other activities, SVEC ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

President, Regional Director

Society of Women Engineers

Engineer Specialist

Lockheed Missiles and Space Company

Reliability Engineering Specialist

Lockheed Missiles and Space Company

Affiliations

Fellow
Society of Women Engineers

Founder
Santa Clara Valley Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program

Education

Washington State University

Bachelor of Science degree

Physical Metallurgy

University of California at Berkeley

Web References (6 Total References)


SVEC 1991 Hall of Fame

www.svec.org [cached]

Ms. Esther Williams - 1991 Hall of Fame Recipient

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Ms. Esther Williams
Esther Williams was a Reliability Engineering Specialist with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company for over thirty years, and is an internationally recognized expert in aerospace materials and failure analysis. Her visionary work spans more than three decades, beginning with her direction of the Failure Analysis Team for the Lockheed Skunk Works. She was the first person to recommend the use of titanium in aircraft and the first to apply material analysis to microelectronic devices. Her research has defined and extended the use of beryllium, molybdenum, titanium, and various other materials in both aircraft and spacecraft systems.
Ms. Williams is a founder of both the Los Angeles and Santa Clara Valley Sections of the Society of Women Engineers, serving as President, Regional Director, and National Convention Chair. Her community work with the Girl Scouts gained her the 1990 Juliette Gordon Low Award from the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County. She has also furthered the future of her profession by her efforts in establishing the Santa Clara Valley Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program.
Ms. Williams is the recipient of the 1972 and 1983 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Professional Achievement Awards and the 1987 Washington State University Achievement Award. She is a 1981 Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers. Ms. Williams attended Washington State University and received the Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Metallurgy from University of California at Berkeley.


Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County

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1990 - Esther Williams, Engineer Specialist, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company


1991 SVEC Hall of Fame

www.svec.org [cached]

Ms. Esther WilliamsMaterials Engineering

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Ms. Esther Williams
Esther Williams was a Reliability Engineering Specialist with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company for over thirty years, and is an internationally recognized expert in aerospace materials and failure analysis.Her visionary work spans more than three decades, beginning with her direction of the Failure Analysis Team for the Lockheed Skunk Works.She was the first person to recommend the use of titanium in aircraft and the first to apply material analysis to microelectronic devices.Her research has defined and extended the use of beryllium, molybdenum, titanium, and various other materials in both aircraft and spacecraft systems.
Ms. Williams is a founder of both the Los Angeles and Santa Clara Valley Sections of the Society of Women Engineers, serving as President, Regional Director, and National Convention Chair.Her community work with the Girl Scouts gained her the 1990 Juliette Gordon Low Award from the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County.She has also furthered the future of her profession by her efforts in establishing the Santa Clara Valley Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program.
Ms. Williams is the recipient of the 1972 and 1983 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Professional Achievement Awards and the 1987 Washington State University Achievement Award.She is a 1981 Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers.Ms. Williams attended Washington State University and received the Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Metallurgy from University of California at Berkeley
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OBITUARIES (January 26, 2000)

www.calmanac.com [cached]

Esther H. Williams

Failure analysis pioneer
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 29, at Avenidas (the Palo Alto senior center), 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto, for Esther H. Williams, the first woman inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.
A resident of Menlo Park since 1973, Mrs. Williams died of a brain tumor December 11.She was 86.
Mrs. Williams was a metallurgist for nearly half a century and worked for more than 30 years in the aerospace industry, diagnosing why spacecraft materials fail.
Born in Viola, Oregon, Mrs. Williams attended Washington State University, and receive her bachelor of science degree in physical metallurgy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Her career in failure analysis began during World War II at Hunters Point Naval Dry Docks where she evaluated storm and battle damage on warships returning from the Pacific.
In 1958, after four years with Lockheed Aircraft Company, she joined Lockheed Missiles and Space, where she was an expert in failure analysis until her retirement in 1992.
Among projects she worked on involved the Polaris missile, the Hubble Space Telescope, and various Strategic Defense Initiative projects.One of her first Lockheed assignments was to direct the failure analysis team for Lockheed Skunk Works.
She was the first person to suggest that titanium replace steel in aircraft and the first to apply material analysis to microelectronic devices.
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In 1991, Mrs. Williams was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.
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Mrs. Williams, who worked at Lockheed until age 79, is survived by daughter, Denise Gillen of Mountain View ; sons Douglas Holmes of Huntsville, Alabama ; Michael Williams of Boulder, Colorado ; Terry Williams of Redmond, Washington ; sisters Mildred Hull of San Leandro and Evelyn Bush of Palmer, Alaska ; seven grandchildren ; and one great-grandchild.
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Donations may be made to the Society of Women Engineers, Santa Clara Valley Section Scholarship Fund (specify that the gift is in memory of Esther Williams), P.O. Box 61333, Sunnyvale, California, 94088.


Obituary (January 28, 2000)

www.mv-voice.com [cached]

Esther H. Williams , Lockheed pioneer

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday , January 29 , at Avenidas ( the Palo Alto senior center ) , 450 Bryant St. , Palo Alto , for Esther H. Williams , the first woman inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.
A resident of Menlo Park since 1973 , Mrs. Williams died of a brain tumor December 11.She was 86.
Mrs. Williams was a metallurgist for nearly half a century and worked for more than 30 years in the aerospace industry , diagnosing why spacecraft materials fail.
Born in Viola , Oregon , Mrs. Williams attended Washington State University , and receive her bachelor of science degree in physical metallurgy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Her career in failure analysis began during World War II at Hunters Point Naval Dry Docks where she evaluated storm and battle damage on warships returning from the Pacific.
In 1958 , after four years with Lockheed Aircraft Company , she joined Lockheed Missiles and Space , where she was an expert in failure analysis until her retirement in 1992.
Among projects she worked on involved the Polaris missile , the Hubble Space Telescope , and various Strategic Defense Initiative projects.One of her first Lockheed assignments was to direct the failure analysis team for Lockheed Skunk Works.
She was the first person to suggest that titanium replace steel in aircraft and the first to apply material analysis to microelectronic devices.
...
In 1991 , Mrs. Williams was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.
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Mrs. Williams , who worked at Lockheed until age 79 , is survived by daughter , Denise Gillen of Mountain View ; sons Douglas Holmes of Huntsville , Alabama ; Michael Williams of Boulder , Colorado ; Terry Williams of Redmond , Washington ; sisters Mildred Hull of San Leandro and Evelyn Bush of Palmer , Alaska ; seven grandchildren ; and one great-grandchild.
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Donations may be made to the Society of Women Engineers , Santa Clara Valley Section Scholarship Fund ( specify that the gift is in memory of Esther Williams ) , P.O. Box 61333 , Sunnyvale , California , 94088.
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