Angela Meyer, Ph.D.
President & CEO, PLAC
Dr. Angela Meyer is President and CEO of PLAC (The Product Liability Advisory Council), a legal association of manufacturers, retailers, distributors and select outside counsel. A trained and licensed mechanical engineer, she has been working in the litigation support arena her entire professional career- she is one of the few people that can say “I love lawyers”.
Angela grew up in a military family (father – Marine Corp officer; mother – Naval officer) and moved extensively throughout the US. She became fascinated with airplanes and chose mechanical engineering in order to join the military and become a commercial airline pilot. After college, when the military wanted her to work on submarines and not aircraft, she went back to graduate school and started working with a pre-eminent aviation forensic investigator, who happened to be her major research professor, and decided that if she couldn’t fly planes, she would figure out why they crashed. She also helped the department recruit women to the engineering program (a sales person was born).
Angela worked as a post-doc at the Canadian Department of National Defense in their military accident reconstruction laboratory in Ottawa and then at the University of California, Berkeley at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories studying advanced materials. She joined Failure Analysis Associates (now Exponent) and worked on a variety of accident investigations. A twist of fate landed her in the corporate office of the company becoming the first marketing person that the company ever had. As the CEO told her “you have a PhD therefore you can do anything”. Over the years, Angela took on additional responsibilities for the company – helped with the rebranding and name change to Exponent, was a corporate spokesperson (CNN, WSJ), led the marketing team, wrote two anniversary books, and developed a lead generation group. She was Exponent’s Vice President of Client Services until she left her post in June 2018 to join PLAC.
Although technically a “geek”, Angela loves working with people and networking to connect people to solve their challenges. She is a true believer in “paying it forward”
In addition to her responsibilities at PLAC, she is a business development trainer and coach, a member of the advisory board of Summit Consulting LLC (DC) and the SMU Lyle School of Engineering external advisory board.
Her son, Nicolas, is a senior at the University of Wisconsin, Madison which make her a rabid Badger fan. Her twin sister, Gabrielle, is also an engineer and commodity trader at ExxonMobil in Texas.