Diversity reboot

Dr. Osyria Webster
Dr. Osyria Webster
Summit Speaker

Senior Project Engineer in Systems Engineering at Collins Aerospace

Dr. Osyria Webster is a Senior Project Engineer in Systems Engineering at Collins Aerospace, a division of Raytheon Technologies.

She holds a biology degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Tennessee, an Electrical Engineering degree from University of New Orleans, and a Certificate of Graduate Study in Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management from Pennsylvania State University. She will be completing an MBA program at Pennsylvania State University in May 2022.

She served as the President of the NSBE Rockford Professionals Chapter from 2019-2021. She developed a STEM program to expose the underrepresented youth of Rockford to various areas of STEM. She leads the community-based STEM on the Rock program. The free, monthly program introduces youth to STEM with hands-on activities, such as making soda machines and exploring basic electrical circuits. Osyria successfully championed Collins to acquire funding and partnered with the Discovery Center Museum to secure a grant for the program.

She is a strong proponent of DE&I. Osyria received a United Technologies Excellence Award for her efforts in recruiting diverse talent in 2020. In March 2021, she addressed all business units of Raytheon Technologies at the first of a four-part discussion, “Why Diversity Matters.” She also spoke to the Collins Talent Acquisition team on the same topic in June 2021.

One of her most recent endeavors was collaborating with the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and visiting artists to dedicate a mural highlighting diversity, the importance of STEM education and the beauty of creativity. The Collins sponsored mural, “You Belong Here,” was unveiled June 16, 2021.

In March 2020, she received the Inspirational Woman Award from Women in Aerospace ERG.

In October 2021, Osyria received the 2021 Technology Rising Star award during the Women of Color STEM Digital Conference.