Women in STEM

At Raven, we support women in all areas of our organization and empower them to make great contributions to our business. Likewise, we are also committed to helping aspiring women develop their skills and gain confidence in STEM. Meet a few of the strong leaders and innovative thinkers who are making great impacts at Raven in their STEM roles across the company.

Meet Julie Larson

As a Training Manager, Julie Larson uses a variety of math, science, and critical thinking skills in her everyday role. She enjoys teaching, mentoring, and setting up our team members for success.

Meet Katie Yerdon

In her role as Division Controller supporting Raven Engineered Films, Katie Yerdon uses math frequently as she helps solve accounting challenges. She enjoys learning about different areas of Raven while improving processes.

Meet Milagros Belmares

Milagros Belmares has always enjoyed hands-on work and thinking of multiple ways to overcome challenges. Today, she's a Quality Engineer on our team that creates giant stratospheric balloons for NASA.

Meet Stacie Schroder

Stacie started at Raven as a temporary team member with a goal. Today, she is a manager of a production team, and continues to improve in leadership excellence. Read more about her diligence in her STEM career.

Meet Melanie Tatge

After starting her career in banking, Melanie's love for math and problem solving ultimately brought her to STEM. As a Planning and Inventory Control Manager, Melanie uses math to make informed inventory decisions.

Pam Riedlinger a Raven Women in Stem

Meet Pam Riedlinger

As a Process Development Specialist, Pam uses STEM skills to break down complex production processes — helping our teams consistently produce high-quality balloons.

Meet Erin Vander Werff

As a Quality Engineer for Raven Engineered Films, Erin sets up processes, specifications, and integrations for our ERP system. Her advice to aspiring Women in STEM? Don't give up when you fail.

Meet Emily Wegner

Emily is an Industrial Engineering Supervisor for Raven Aerostar. She has been interested in STEM since her Girl Scout days. She continues to be an advocate for Women in STEM, participating as a panelist in the 2019 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology WiSE Forum.

Ellen Arens at desk

Meet Ellen Arens

Ellen leads the Software Test Team for Raven Applied Technology. Driven to solve challenges, Ellen uses both her determination and diverse STEM skills to manage software development.

Meet Sarah Waltner

Sarah started at Raven as an engineer. Today, she serves as General Manager for Raven Applied Technology. Problem-solving and achieving excellence through teamwork are her favorite aspects of her role as a business leader.