Engineering Alumna Stofer Named New SWE National President

Monday, July 23, 2012

Alyce StoferUniversity of Iowa Engineering alumna Alyce Stofer (BS 1997 biomedical engineering) has been elected the 50th national president of the Society of Women Engineers.

Stofer is the fourth Engineering graduate to serve as president of the organization.

Over the course of her 19 years of membership, Stofer has been active at all levels of the society. She served as director of regions in fiscal years 2009 and 2010; as director of membership initiatives in fiscal year 2011; and as president-elect in fiscal year 2012. In addition, she served as the Region H governor, lieutenant governor, and secretary, as well as in a variety of positions for the Minnesota Section, including section president, vice president, secretary, and representative. 

In 2003, Stofer was SWE's New Face of Engineering and featured in USA Today. In 2006, she received the SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award and was also the recipient of the MFESTS (Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies) Young Engineer of the Year Award. In 2010, Stofer received the Region H Distinguished Service Award, and in 2011, SWE's Emerging Leader Award in Product Research, Design, and Engineering. 

Stofer is an engineering program manager at Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology devices. She is leading product development projects in the neuromodulation business sector, from concept to global commercialization. During her three years at Medtronic, she has launched two new products to assist with alleviating chronic back and leg pain. Prior to Medtronic, Stofer was employed at Transoma Medical for 11 years where she was a program manager leading the continuation engineering and product improvement engineering teams for the Patient Management Device division. For much of her career, Stofer contributed to and led technical design teams and, as a result, is a co-inventor on a patent as well as on several pending patents.

Other national presidents of SWE who are UI Engineering graduates are Maggie Hickel (BS 1975 industrial engineering), Rachel McQuillen (BS 1982 civil engineering, MS 1984 civil and environmental engineering), and Barbara Wollmershauser (BS 1975 mechanical engineering).