Daisy Galeana Bio

Daisy Galeana
Program Manager for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion 
Solar Turbines, Inc. 

 

Biography

Daisy Galeana provides leadership for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program at Solar Turbines serving as Program Manager.  Daisy previously was the Regional Technical Manager serving Latin America for Solar Turbines Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar. Solar Turbines has a long history in research and development of gas turbines related to improving turbomachinery, energy, and lifecycle solutions.

Daisy started her career at Solar Turbines in 1998 as an intern from San Diego State University. She completed the Engineering Rotational Program rotating through Materials and Processes, Engine Design, Combustion, Development Test, and Instrumentation. After working for a time at NASA, Daisy returned to Solar Turbines in 2006 as a Software Test Engineer implementing Real-time Enterprise Test System (RETS), Test Configuration Utility (TCU), and Solar Vibration Measurement System (SVMS) programs in San Diego test cells. 

In 2015, Daisy became a Development Test Engineer testing C40 through T130 development, production, and overhaul engines. Her collaboration with Combustion and Aerothermal Engineering led to significant improvements in engine performance. During her time at Solar, Daisy’s commitment to excellence, clear customer-first approach and strong interpersonal and communication skills have provided significant contributions to Solar’s business and culture.

Daisy is a first-generation college student achieving a Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Miami, and is currently working on a Joint Doctoral program at University of California San Diego and San Diego State University. She has achieved all this while as a first-generation college student and raising two children. She includes her children in her bio to raise awareness that being a single parent and striving for career excellence aren’t mutually exclusive.

In 2013, Daisy founded Solar’s Young Women Academy with hopes of creating a more diverse workplace.  It is a forum for minority female high school students to focus on their education, and provide support and resources that will lead them to employment in the STEM field.  Daisy has brought the program to the edge of expansion within San Diego and has also inspired Caterpillar to create their own program as well as other fortune 500 companies globally.  Daisy also continues to volunteer for Mathematic, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program's many activities involving the community.

In 2019, San Diego State University honored Daisy’s 25 years of community advocacy by naming a student center after her in the engineering building. In the same year, Daisy was named as a finalist as the Woman of the Year by San Diego Magazine.

SDSU Affiliations:

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Industry Advisory Board

The Campanile Foundation Board of Directors