Emerging Leader Awards


The Emerging Leader Award honors recent alumni of McKelvey Engineering who exemplify leadership and continued service through scientific excellence, innovation and collaboration. This award highlights the positive impact alumni make on their local community, the country and the world.

2022 McKelvey Engineering Emerging Leaders. From left: Dean Aaron Bobick; Christine Hansen; John Schupbach, MD; Melissa Holtmeyer Terlaje; Jennifer Pangborn-Dolde

Christine Hansen
BS '10 
US Equity Options Trading Lead, Partner IMC–Financial Markets

In the world of high-speed trading, Christine Hansen delivers results with a proven expertise in U.S. equity options microstructure and analytics. Her knowledge of both the trading business and technology allows her to bring a unique skill set to the table. 

As a partner at IMC Financial Markets, Christine manages a team of derivative traders. IMC is a leading global market maker that uses algorithmic trading and advanced technology to buy and sell securities on over 100 regulated trading venues worldwide.

Since 2014, Christine has led the U.S. Equity Options desk, which manages responsibilities for daily trading operations, business development and company alignment with a strategic vision. Crain’s Chicago Business recognized Christine for the “20 in their 20s” list in 2018 highlighting her impressive career. Christine also is a member of Women in Listed Derivatives.

As a John B. Ervin Scholar, Christine embodies the values of leadership, community service, and diversity the program espouses. A Life Eliot Society member, her support of Washington University includes the Ervin Scholars endowment and annual scholarships. She is a member of the Chicago Regional Cabinet and formerly served as a member of Alumni Board of Governors and the Washington University Chicago Professionals Network executive committee. 

Christine was the valedictorian of her graduating class, a member of the Student Associates Executive Board, Delta Gamma sorority and the Alliance of Students Against Poverty.

Christine earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering with a minor in computer science from Washington University in 2010. She also is a graduate student-at-large at the University of Chicago.

Melissa Holtmeyer Terlaje
BS '06, MS '07, PhD '12 
Strategy & Technology Development, Air & Missile Defense Sector, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Melissa Holtmeyer Terlaje has worked at the highest levels of government translating complex science and engineering issues into public policy. As a science adviser in the legislative and executive branches, she has worked with some of the nation’s most senior leaders to mitigate climate change, increase energy resilience and develop innovative military capabilities.

Going from her graduate research lab to the floor of the U.S. Senate and then to the halls of the Pentagon was not a typical path for a combustion researcher. By being selected for American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowships, she was placed in key positions to use her engineering background to shape science and technology policy at the national level.

She served as an energy, environment and climate advisor to Senator Bernie Sanders; an operations analyst assessing fuel logistics in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; a lead scientific analyst for the chief of Naval Operations; and the special assistant to former Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Hon. Christine Fox. 

In Melissa’s current role of strategy and technology development at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, she shapes strategy for advance air and missile defense. With her engineering expertise, she develops strategic visions and identifies technologies and policies that are needed to make the visions real.

At Washington University, Melissa was a graduate student representative to the Board of Trustees, officer in the Graduate and Professional Council, president of the Formula SAE team, and led several initiatives for the Office of Sustainability.

Melissa earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering from Washington University in 2006 and 2007, respectively. She also earned a doctor of philosophy in energy, environmental & chemical engineering from Washington University in 2012.

Jennifer Pangborn-Dolde
BS '06, MS '06 
Assistant Vice President, Midwest & Plains Traffic & ITS Manager WSP USA

Jennifer Pangborn-Dolde is a transportation planner and engineer who oversees mobility, complete streets, multimodal planning and last-mile connectivity projects across the country. Her thoughtful approach with stakeholders makes a positive impact on the quality of life for residents of all communities.

As the a ssistant vice president, Midwest & Plains Traffic and ITS managerat WSP, she concentrates on connecting people to places through innovative, safe and sustainable multi-modal transportation solutions. At WSP, she supports key committees and initiatives including the Equity Center of Excellence, Inclusion and Diversity, Future Ready, Vision Zero, Social Value, active transportation and mentoring in the Developing Leaders Network. Her portfolio includes the award-winning Armour Road Complete Streets in North Kansas City and the rebuilding of Interstate 270 North in St. Louis to enhance community connectivity.

Engineering News-Record named Jennifer to the regional Top 20 Under 40 list in 2022. This publication honors the best of the next generation of construction industry professionals. Jennifer is active in several industry organizations, including the Institute of Transportation Engineers, for which in 2011 she served as one of the first female co-hosts for the annual international meeting.

With her great enthusiasm for STEAM education, Jennifer serves as an elected director for the Kirkwood School Board. She is also a board member for St. Louis Bworks, a volunteer-run program that teaches kids in underprivileged areas to ride bikes.

Jennifer earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and a master of science degree in construction management from Washington University in 2006.

John Schupbach
MD BS '10, MBA 
Founder & CEO, Squalor to Scholar; Emergency Medicine Resident Physician, Mayo Clinic

John Schupbach is passionate about combining disciplines to transform life at a large scale. As an emergency medicine resident physician at Mayo Clinic, he improves the quality of health and brightens lives with his optimistic manner.

John is a firm believer that making health care and education valuable, affordable and accessible worldwide requires transforming and restructuring the health care system. His mission is to disrupt these complex, fragmented and inefficient industries through compassionate entrepreneurship and business-model innovation.

In 2011, John founded Squalor to Scholar, a nonprofit that enables bright and talented children in India to attend high-quality private schools. Squalor to Scholar has provided more than 1,000 annual scholarships over the past 10 years as well as life-changing support, social and healthcare services to hundreds of families. As the chief executive officer of this international organization, John empowers and inspires children to become leaders who improve the world.  

As an undergraduate student, John participated on the Thurtene Junior Honorary and was a member of the Emergency Support Team. 

He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with minors in aerospace engineering and architecture from Washington University in 2010. He also earned a master of business administration from Harvard Business School and a doctor of medicine from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

John resides in Rochester, Minnesota. In July 2022, he will be joining the Mayo Clinic Department of Emergency Medicine as a faculty member.