Cassy Gardner is not your typical recent college graduate; she is a motivated and accomplished leader who isn’t afraid to take on tough challenges. Her team focus and hard work have resulted in two national awards, one from Sandia National Laboratories for scientific achievement and the other from Control Engineering for leadership and contribution. Recruited from college by Banks Integration Group (a Superior Controls company) in Vacaville, CA as a controls engineering intern, she quickly became a vital member of the team and transitioned to a full-time role as control system engineer.
Cassy has been responsible for a myriad of tasks that are required for project-based control systems integration including working with clients, project management, writing documentation for design and testing, designing human-machine interfaces (HMI), writing programmable logic controller (PLC) code, generating and editing batch recipes, and developing hardware design specifications. Along with her regular work duties, Cassy initiated and lead the ‘Bright Ideas’ initiative in her facility, which helped to strengthen the organization through employee empowerment, collaboration, and a creative mindset. In her current position as Lead Automation engineer, Cassy is responsible for being the company’s main point of contact for a major client, managing all projects and activities at that site.
“Cassy has been a spark plug to the organization. She is bright beyond her years and a pleasure to work with, always upbeat yet very professional. We are fortunate to have her on our team,” said Greg Banks, president of Banks Integration Group.
Cassy was recognized in 2015 by Control Engineering as one of thirty Engineering Leaders Under 40. She was one of just two women and the youngest of the recipients, who are chosen for their “significant contribution to their plant’s success, and to the control engineering and/or plant engineering professions.”
Cassy received her bachelor’s degree in biological/biosystems engineering from the University of California Davis, where executives from Banks Integration Group have long been involved with UC Davis student groups and advisory boards. For her senior design project, Cassy and her team designed and prototyped a working biosensor which measures glucose concentration through the generation of an electrical current. The project received the 2013 Sandia National Laboratories Design Award for its potential impacts in the biofuels industry.
“This is incredibly impressive, and we are very proud of Cassy’s fantastic and well-deserved awards,” said Rick Pierro, co-founder and president of Superior Controls. “We know Cassy will accomplish great things as a part of the Superior Controls team.”