LMI Senior Fellow Named Outstanding Engineering Alumna by Penn State

LMI Senior Fellow Named Outstanding Engineering Alumna by Penn State

Tysons, Va., April 27, 2016 — Miranda Keeney, a senior fellow in LMI’s Maintenance and Readiness group, received Penn State’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award. For the 2016 award cycle, the university’s College of Engineering recognized 12 individuals from a pool of more than 90,000 living graduates for success in their field and the impact they have had, and will continue to have, on society at large.
 
Keeney’s 32-year government career began immediately after she obtained her undergraduate degree, when she became a mathematician for the Navy. Fourteen years later, following a promotion to operations research analyst with the Army Logistics Innovation Agency (LIA), she received a phone call while on a temporary assignment at the Pentagon. During the call, she learned that the Army would pay for her to go back to school for a master’s degree. Keeney reflected, “That day changed my life.” She completed a dual degree in operations research and industrial engineering, and later a PhD in industrial engineering, both from Penn State.
 
Receiving a PhD opened more doors for Keeney as an engineer, with her professional contributions receiving more respect at a time when female leaders in defense were few, and female engineers were fewer. Her government career flourished as she moved up the ranks at Army LIA, where she oversaw more than 50 Department of Defense contractors and led the Common Logistics Operating Environment, which enabled the Army to fully integrate its joint logistics information environment and improve the readiness and sustainment of combat units. In conjunction with this work, Keeney received the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service award, the highest honor bestowed by the Secretary of the Army. Following retirement from the Army in 2010, she landed at LMI, where she continues to support the Army by leading initiatives focused on fleet management and logistics.
 
Established in 1966, the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award is the College of Engineering’s most prominent, recognizing graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement. Reflecting on this honor, Keeney said, “It means everything to me. I am still beside myself.”

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