Leadership

Cedar Valley SWE Executive Board FY24

President – Nancy Arend

Nancy Arend is a Product Verification & Validation Engineer for John Deere at the Product Engineering Center. In this role, she is responsible for testing drivetrain components for upcoming models for large tractor. Nancy joined John Deere in 2019 where she began her career as an EDP (Engineering Development Program), pursuing rotations in manufacturing and mechanical development. Prior to joining John Deere, Nancy completed two co-ops as a Production Engineer with Toyota at their manufacturing plant in San Antonio, Texas. She holds a B.S. and M.S. both in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She has been a member of SWE and Cedar Valley SWE since 2019 where she actively volunteers with the SWENext program. Outside of work, Nancy enjoys volunteering with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), traveling (often back home to Texas) and helping out her husband (Ryan) on the farm.

Vice President – Hannah Cowan

​Hannah Cowan is an embedded software engineer for John Deere at the Product Engineering Center. In this role she is responsible for writing, testing, and tuning tractor drivetrain software. Hannah’s career at John Deere started in 2014 as an intern. She joined the company full time as an EDP after completing her BS in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines in 2016. While working for John Deere, she also earned a graduate degree in Systems Engineering from Iowa State University. Hannah has been a member of SWE for the last 10 years and Cedar Valley SWE since 2016. She has served as the chapter’s Outreach chair since 2018 and has led outreach events reaching hundreds of local girls during this time. Outside of work, Hannah enjoys traveling with her husband, Sam, and spending time with her 3 month-old baby girl, Maisie.  

Treasurer – Amy Davis

Amy Davis is a Senior Engine Controls Engineer for John Deere Power Systems and has been with John Deere since 2013. In this role, she is responsible for application layer development of embedded software and controls for Next Generation Engine Control within the Air System, Engine Supervision System, and the Coolant System. Previously, she has held positions as an Aftertreatment Controls Engineer, developing software controls and diagnostics, and as an Aftertreatment Development Engineer, working on SCR model-based development and virtual calibration. She completed the Engineering Development Program in 2016 and started as an intern in the Ag Division for Utility Tractor Transmission Continuous Improvement. Prior to joining John Deere in the Cedar Valley, Amy interned at Chrysler in Powertrain Development and at Toyota in Chassis Design, both located in the metro Detroit area. Amy holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has been member of SWE since 2011 and served 2 terms as the Cedar Valley Section Representative prior to transitioning to the Cedar Valley Treasurer role, which she’s held since 2017. Amy resides in Cedar Falls, IA and lives with her husband (Matthew) and 2 dogs (Gimli – 2yr Corgi, and Riven – 1yr Aussie/Rott mix). Outside of work, Amy enjoys houseplants and gardening, playing volleyball, and country line dancing.

Secretary – Angie Edgington

Angie Edgington is an Industry Consultant for the SAS Manufacturing, Transportation, Entertainment and Services business unit.  With over 25 years of manufacturing experience, her primary focus has been improving quality to reduce cost and improve the customer experience.  Her areas of domain expertise at SAS include field quality analytics, production quality analytics, reliability, and business value calculations. Angie lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa with her husband and two children. Angie earned a systems engineering graduate certificate from MIT, an MBA and MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan – Dearborn and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State.  She is passionate about giving back and volunteers with many organizations including Society of Women Engineers (SWE), FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) robotics and Make a Wish.