Sara Hanks, Senior Director of Project Management at GE Transportation (a Wabtec company in Erie, PA), was recently named Chair of the Board of Directors at Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC). Sara joined the NWIRC Board in April 2021, and recently transitioned into her leadership role. Over the last 15 years, Hanks’ has held various positions at GE Transportation and also is the Founder of Leverage4Data, a manufacturing software solutions and analytics start-up company. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Buffalo. Outgoing Board Chair, Ashleigh Walters, President of Onex, Inc, remains on the NWIRC Board of Directors.