Letters to a Young Engineer: Maegan Spencer, Product Design Manager (Apple)

Sponsored by Stanford Mechanical Engineering Women's Group, Mechanical Engineering - Design Group


Thursday, February 6, 2020
4:30 pm – 5:20 pm
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Maegan is an Engineering Manager at Apple for the Watch Product Design team. In this role, she leads a team of mechanical engineers in designing the physical parts and assemblies in the Watch system. Her team works cross-functionally within Apple to integrate multiple technologies into the product.

She has a non-traditional career, earning her BS and PhD in Chemistry, before shifting to Mechanical Engineering. Her PhD research was in developing laser mass spectrometry to study trace organics in extraterrestrial materials. In 2008, she joined the start-up Avinger (then Sawtooth Labs) as their 10th employee to help invent OCT image-guided surgical tools to treat arterial disease. After 5 years, she shifted toward consumer product design, working as an ME consultant at Whipsaw in San Jose, CA and mainly contributing toward Nike FuelBand engineering. She has been on the Watch PD team for over 5 years, starting as an engineering contributor and now as a technical lead and manager. 

Maegan earned a BS in Chemistry from UNC-Asheville and a PhD in Chemistry from Stanford. She holds 16 patents across multiple technologies. Maegan has lived in the Bay Area since 2003 and recently moved to the Santa Cruz mountains.


Maegan's talk is part of the Winter quarter E311A seminar series, “Letters to a Young Engineer.” Come hear from an inspiring group of women as they share stories about their lives and lessons learned from their varied careers in engineering. People of all identities are welcome! Cookies and tea will be served at 4:20pm.

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