About the commencement speakers

Keynote Speaker:

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Dawn M. Tilbury currently serves as the assistant director for engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF), a position she has held since June 2017. She leads the Directorate for Engineering with an annual budget of more than $900 million. The Directorate for Engineering supports basic engineering research and education critical to the nation’s future, and fosters innovations that benefit society. The Engineering Directorate also helps to advance NSF’s Ten Big Ideas, including the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier, the Quantum Leap, and NSF INCLUDES.
Tilbury also is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a joint appointment as a professor  in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Her research interests lie broadly in the area of control systems, including applications to robotics and manufacturing systems. She has published more than 150 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings. She was elected Fellow of IEEE in 2008 and Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2012. She is a Life Member of  the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). 
Tilbury holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1989, and master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992 and 1994 respectively.

Student Speaker:

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Marinés Chinchilla Boburg, is graduating with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree and a minor in Chemistry. A native of Guatemala, Marinés Chinchilla Boburg looks forward to engineering new and better ways for humankind to produce, transform, and transport materials.  

Chinchilla Boburg’s industry experience includes three chemical engineering internships. She worked as a sourcing analyst at H.B. Fuller in Minnesota, quality control and product development intern at Living Tree Community Foods in California, and quality control engineer at CPI Candy Company in Guatemala. She also participated as a graduate student research assistant at the University of Minnesota Medicinal Chemistry Department, assisting in the development of a compound that can potentially treat ovarian cancer. 

During her time at the University, Chinchilla Boburg participated in two study-abroad programs. In 2019, she participated in designing a water system to supply the community of Wangama, Tanzania, with clean, safe water. In summer 2015, she studied French language and history in Montpellier, France. 

Chinchilla Boburg served as the event planner and social media manager of the Latino International Student Association. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, the Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement, the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers, and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. She currently serves as a visit office representative at the University Admissions Office, giving campus and CSE facilities tours and acting as peer advisor for prospective CSE students. 

After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Chinchilla Boburg will join the quality engineering team at Andersen Corporation, the largest window and door manufacturer in North America, located in North Branch, Minn.