January 10 – Happy Birthday Marlena Werder

werder_marlenaOne of the many reasons I started this blog was to inspire young people in Amsterdam with stories of the achievements of those who came before them. Every year since forever, young men and women have graduated from Amsterdam High School and gone on to do some amazing things in the workplaces they have chosen for themselves. Today’s Birthday Celebrant is a classic example.

Her name is Marlena Werder, but back in 1982 she was still Marlena Ammerall. She had just graduated from AHS and was heading to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study engineering but she really wasn’t sure what she wanted to do in life. Studying engineering at RPI is not a cakewalk for any student. In addition to having good academic skills, success in college requires very young people to accept the fact that what they achieve is entirely up to them. Marlena found that she was well prepared to handle both these challenges.

After graduating from RPI with a degree in electrical engineering, she went on to get her Masters at Brown University and began a career in the technology industry that saw her work in software development at Raytheon, product development for IBM, and then finally land at Microsoft in 1994,..

I’ve already started work on the second volume of “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays” and Marlena Werder will be one of those current or former Amsterdam residents to be featured in it. I will be sharing the complete posts of some of the Volume II birthday celebrants in future issues of the Amsterdam Birthday Blog Newsletter. If you are not yet a newsletter subscriber, you can sign up for free here.

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