Duke Engineer Named to 2007-2008 Class of White House Fellows

Kristine SingleyWASHINGTON, June 19, 2007 – The White House today announced the appointment of 15 outstanding individuals from across the country to serve as White House Fellows, including 1996 graduate in electrical engineering, Kristine Singley, of Celebration, Florida. The 2007-2008 Class of White House Fellows represents a diverse cross-section of professions including medicine, law, finance, media, engineering, education and state government. Additionally, three branches of the military are represented among the Fellows.

The White House Fellows Program, founded in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, offers exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Fellows participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with leaders from the private and public sectors, and study trips to examine U.S. policy in action. Following the Fellowship year, the Fellows repay the privilege by contributing to the country as better national leaders and public servants.

Singley, 32, is presently a Program Engineer with Walt Disney World Design and Engineering, responsible for portfolio management of global and local engineering efforts. Previously as a Sr. Project Engineer, Advanced Technology, at Walt Disney World, she supported a generation of new guest experiences using innovative technology applications. In 2005, Kristine relocated to Hong Kong as Engineering Services Manager for Hong Kong Disneyland’s Opening Team Task Force, affording her continual opportunities to expand her cultural, leadership, and technical knowledge. A passionate speaker, Singley developed a health and wellness group and provides ongoing leadership to a heritage speaker series within the engineering organization. She currently facilitates leadership development classes at the Disney University.

Singley's community service efforts include mentoring K-12 and college students, and public speaking engagements increasing interest in science and engineering. Early experiences included electro-optical research with the US Army Night Vision Labs, and Senior Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin for the US Army’s first distributed interactive simulation system, Close Combat Tactical Trainer.

She earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and MBA from Duke University, and a MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. While in school, Singley sang with A Cappella groups and has since performed with a semi-professional vocal group.

Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of remarkable professional achievement, evidence of leadership skills, a strong commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the federal government. The program has fostered leaders in many fields, including Former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao; Former CNN President Tom Johnson; United Nations Foundation President and Former U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin; Former Supreme Allied Commander for Europe Wesley K. Clark; U.S. Senator Samuel Brownback; and U.S. Representative Joe L. Barton.

Additional information about the program is located at whitehouse.gov/participate/fellows.