Theodora Saunders is a manager in the System Engineering branch at Sikorsky aircraft, where she is also serving as the Dean of System Engineering for the Igor University. Her experience spans over 20 years in industry and academia. Her industrial experience includes research, development and testing of aerospace systems, as well as project, product and functional management. Her academic experience includes teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels in Electrical and Industrial Engineering departments. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University Of New Haven, School of Engineering in the Multidisciplinary Engineering Systems Division, and she is serving as the Sikorsky Engineer In Residence (EIR) at the UNH Engineering School. She has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering with concentration in control systems, and a second Masters degree in Industrial Engineering with concentration in systems reliability. While at Sikorsky she was nominated for and earned a Certificate of Systems Engineering for Managers from MIT. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Applied Engineering Management and Decision Sciences focusing on systems engineering process stability.Theodora was selected by the Connecticut Technology Council Women of Innovation Finalist for 2009 for Business Innovation and Leadership.