Katherine Metcalfe Pearsall

Katherine Metcalfe Pearsall

M.S.M.E., 1979, Ph.D.M.E. 1983
Distinguished Engineer

Kitty Metcalfe Pearsall received a BS in Metallurgical Engineering in 1971 from the University of Texas at El Paso.  In 1972 she joined IBM as a Materials Engineer, but took an educational leave of absence in 1976. She received her MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Option from The University of Texas at Austin in 1979 and 1983 respectively.  Since returning to IBM in 1983, she has been a technical resource in materials/package engineering in manufacturing, procurement and development environments with twelve years spent in technical management focusing on the qualification of various commodities. 

In 2005 Pearsall was appointed as an IBM Distinguished Engineer (DE) and elected into the IBM Academy of Technology.  As a DE in the Integrated Supply Chain, she serves as a process consultant and subject matter expert working on strategic initiatives impacting qualification and end quality of procured commodities. She is engaged with WW teams implementing cross-brand, cross commodity processes/products.

Pearsall has been a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas since 1993.  She is the holder of one US patent, four patents pending and several patent disclosures that have contributed to the IBM patent portfolio.  She has numerous internal publications as well as 17 external publications in IEEE conferences and journals.

She is a role model to others both technically and professionally, and embraces her role as mentor. She devotes endless time to mentoring – and promoting the engineering career path to technical women professionals – by providing career guidance, engineering advice, and “lessons learned.” She actively supports the development, advancement, and recognition of IBM’s technical talent. She was recognized this year for her endless drive and passion for mentoring and people development and presented with the Women in Technology “Frances E. Allen Mentoring Award.”

Her work with the Society of Women Engineers has had an inspirational effect on today’s female engineering students, and she continues to promote engineering as a superb profession for young women to enter.

Pearsall continues to support the Cockrell School of Engineering by being a 20+ year contributor to the Friends of Alec.

OYEG Honorees

An "Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate" (OYEG) is a graduate who is under the age of 40 at the time of selection. Learn more about OYEG honorees.