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TE is a Petri dish of change, creating a community for passionate people to collaborate on cutting edge technology in the midst of diversity.

Erika M. Cherry earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern University A & M College. She also holds a M.S. in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. In her career, she has held numerous roles in Manufacturing, Engineering Systems, Applications, Project Management and Program Management. Erika is currently a Product Manager of the pressure sensor portfolio for TE’s Sensors Solutions business.

What is the most engaging part of your current role?

The most engaging part of my current position is networking across different business units and the collaboration between departments for the betterment of the project and growth of TE. Stretch goals and opportunities have enabled me to contribute to the development of something greater while influencing the environment to help my fellow colleagues excel at their own goals and aspirations at TE.

As my career has progressed, my inspiration has expanded from my professional aspirations and creating paths for others to becoming a beacon of light for my own three little girls.
Erika Cherry,
Sr. Project Manager Engineer
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What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

My desire to pursue a career in engineering was inspired by the excitement I felt when dismantling and reassembling household items. Growing up, my father was a mechanic. I spent countless hours excited to use tools to take things apart while sitting in awe as he replaced parts and added fluids. Voilà, the engine would start and I would witness sheer joy come upon his face. It was here that I learned the joys of debugging and trouble shooting. My mother still cherishes a picture of me at age four under a car, “assisting” my dad. So I suppose you can say it’s in my DNA.

As the years progressed, I investigated anything that appeared broken or damaged, VCRs, tape players, even a Nintendo game consol. I was intrigued with how things were engineered and why they worked. My mother would find any workshop or organization where I could expand my knowledge in technology and grow as an eager young person; from INROADS to Girl Scouts. Each experience strengthened my “girl power” and catapulted me forward. I was convinced that I could do anything but fail, failing was not an option. Even after my father passed away, my mom was determined to encourage my interest in STEM by introducing new and challenging opportunities. I remember attending a career showcase workshop where companies gave presentations focused on their businesses. I saw 3D drawings of vehicles, blueprints of buildings, and models of airplanes flashing on the screen and I was hooked. My eyes were fixed and I was amazed. I immediately thought about my mother. As a driving force for my development and single parent who worked tirelessly and cooked dinner each day, I wanted to redesign home appliances to make her life easier.

So off to college I went with the determination to be an engineer, to change the world by joining those who were on the cutting edge of technology. Even when I was encouraged to change my major and wanted to quit, I reflected on the people who sacrificed so I could fulfill my dream. My mother has been my loudest cheerleader, she would say “Anything worth having, is never easy”. My older cousins had successful careers in medicine and engineering. They encouraged me every step of the way, providing advice and challenging me to P.U.S.H. As a collegiate student, I was active in NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), holding several leadership roles in my local chapter as well as on the Regional V board. The massive sight of STEM leaders and seekers who shared my background was motivating. I remember purchasing a t-shirt at the conference market that read “I am an Engineer”. I was forever changed. My passion to be an engineer was not enough, I was to follow the path set before me, then create a path for those to come. As my career has progressed, my inspiration has expanded from my professional aspirations and creating paths for others to becoming a beacon of light for my own three little girls. I am becoming the person that I hope will inspire others.

Why TE?

TE is a petri dish of change, creating a community for passionate people to collaborate on cutting edge technology in the midst of diversity. These attributes foster unparalleled innovation and challenging products that enhance growth, both personally and across the organization.

erika-cherry
erika-cherry
TE is a Petri dish of change, creating a community for passionate people to collaborate on cutting edge technology in the midst of diversity.

Erika M. Cherry earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern University A & M College. She also holds a M.S. in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. In her career, she has held numerous roles in Manufacturing, Engineering Systems, Applications, Project Management and Program Management. Erika is currently a Product Manager of the pressure sensor portfolio for TE’s Sensors Solutions business.

What is the most engaging part of your current role?

The most engaging part of my current position is networking across different business units and the collaboration between departments for the betterment of the project and growth of TE. Stretch goals and opportunities have enabled me to contribute to the development of something greater while influencing the environment to help my fellow colleagues excel at their own goals and aspirations at TE.

As my career has progressed, my inspiration has expanded from my professional aspirations and creating paths for others to becoming a beacon of light for my own three little girls.
Erika Cherry,
Sr. Project Manager Engineer
erika-pull-quote

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

My desire to pursue a career in engineering was inspired by the excitement I felt when dismantling and reassembling household items. Growing up, my father was a mechanic. I spent countless hours excited to use tools to take things apart while sitting in awe as he replaced parts and added fluids. Voilà, the engine would start and I would witness sheer joy come upon his face. It was here that I learned the joys of debugging and trouble shooting. My mother still cherishes a picture of me at age four under a car, “assisting” my dad. So I suppose you can say it’s in my DNA.

As the years progressed, I investigated anything that appeared broken or damaged, VCRs, tape players, even a Nintendo game consol. I was intrigued with how things were engineered and why they worked. My mother would find any workshop or organization where I could expand my knowledge in technology and grow as an eager young person; from INROADS to Girl Scouts. Each experience strengthened my “girl power” and catapulted me forward. I was convinced that I could do anything but fail, failing was not an option. Even after my father passed away, my mom was determined to encourage my interest in STEM by introducing new and challenging opportunities. I remember attending a career showcase workshop where companies gave presentations focused on their businesses. I saw 3D drawings of vehicles, blueprints of buildings, and models of airplanes flashing on the screen and I was hooked. My eyes were fixed and I was amazed. I immediately thought about my mother. As a driving force for my development and single parent who worked tirelessly and cooked dinner each day, I wanted to redesign home appliances to make her life easier.

So off to college I went with the determination to be an engineer, to change the world by joining those who were on the cutting edge of technology. Even when I was encouraged to change my major and wanted to quit, I reflected on the people who sacrificed so I could fulfill my dream. My mother has been my loudest cheerleader, she would say “Anything worth having, is never easy”. My older cousins had successful careers in medicine and engineering. They encouraged me every step of the way, providing advice and challenging me to P.U.S.H. As a collegiate student, I was active in NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), holding several leadership roles in my local chapter as well as on the Regional V board. The massive sight of STEM leaders and seekers who shared my background was motivating. I remember purchasing a t-shirt at the conference market that read “I am an Engineer”. I was forever changed. My passion to be an engineer was not enough, I was to follow the path set before me, then create a path for those to come. As my career has progressed, my inspiration has expanded from my professional aspirations and creating paths for others to becoming a beacon of light for my own three little girls. I am becoming the person that I hope will inspire others.

Why TE?

TE is a petri dish of change, creating a community for passionate people to collaborate on cutting edge technology in the midst of diversity. These attributes foster unparalleled innovation and challenging products that enhance growth, both personally and across the organization.