Region II Professionals Chair
Alisha René Johnson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and her Master of Arts in Educational Technology from North Carolina Central University. She has a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate.
René is the Technical Lead for Black Girls CODE for the Raleigh-Durham Chapter. René worked as a Yarn Count Engineer with DuPont in Chattanooga and then returned to her home state of North Carolina to become a Manufacturing Engineer with IBM. While at DuPont, she was a Yarn Count Engineer and changed our processes to increase our first-grade yield but our sales team was still trying to find an avenue for that much first grade yield yarn. At IBM, she has Team Lead experience with our Programming Support for 3174 Controller. We interacted with our Customer Engineers for both required installations and with solution installations. She had the pleasure of working with customers in 18 countries.
She is currently a Program Coordinator at North Carolina Central University. She has joined a leading-edge team to promote the research of our Research Institute for Scholars of Equity, RISE, Fellows. Coordinating DiscoverE, formerly Engineers Week, was pleasurable for René. Her greatest accomplishment during this time was starting Engineers Day at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science over 10 years ago. This STEM sharing for students and their parents has gone from one company inside the Museum to many companies inside and outside the Museum, sharing EV3 and other robotics, 3D printing, exploring the inside of a computer, and many other STEM activities.
René is a Lifetime member and Silver Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., a member of the Region II Board of NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), and a member of the Durham Engineers Club.