Commencement Speaker

Commencement Speaker

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Alice Conner-Malyszek, ‘85, A.E., B.S.

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Fall 2017 Speaker

Alice Conner-Malyszek, ‘85, A.E., B.S.
Director of Manufacturing
BAE Systems’ Combat Vehicles U.S.

Alice Conner-Malyszek is the director of manufacturing for BAE Systems’ Combat Vehicles U.S., based in York, Pennsylvania. Conner-Malyszek is responsible for overseeing the manufacturing strategy and execution for all combat vehicle programs. She leads manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, and production program integration operations at combat vehicle manufacturing facilities across the United States. She has led manufacturing strategies to help BAE Systems grow, and has led manufacturing technology development activities. She has also led the organization in Lean Six Sigma continuous improvement projects.

A graduate of Penn State, she holds an associate degree in mechanical design engineering technology and a bachelor of science in engineering. She has also completed coursework towards a master of science in engineering science, and completed the Fundamentals of Engineering Certification. Conner-Malyszek also holds a Green Belt from the University of Michigan, and has been formally certified as a Lean facilitator by The Kaizen Institute Consulting Group.

An advocate for the York campus, Conner-Malyszek serves on the Penn State York Advisory Board, the Engineering and Technology Industrial Advisory Committee, the Women’s Philanthropic Network, and is active with The Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. She has been instrumental in providing career advice to York students, and a number of graduates have found employment opportunities at BAE Systems. She has a passion for encouraging young students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and technology (STEM), and is dedicated to helping young women feel empowered in their choices.

She has been recognized throughout her career for her leadership role in driving continuous improvement. Her awards include the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service (Acquisition Reform and Streamlining), and numerous company awards, including the Chairman’s Award and Leadership Awards for Exemplary Teamwork. She is a graduate fellow with International Women’s Foundation (IWF).

Conner-Malyszek resides in York with her husband Greg, and has three children and two step-children. A real Penn State family, her sons John and Adam Conner are Penn State graduates and began their collegiate journey at the York campus, and her daughter, Alison Conner, currently attends Penn State Harrisburg. When she isn’t enjoying family, in her free time, she likes acrylic and oil painting, gardening, reading, and volunteering.