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Growing up with an engineer father and mathematician mother, math quickly became a lifestyle for Miranda Barron. This passion led to her tutoring calculus through high school and college and helped earn her Mechanical Engineering degree in three and a half years from Colorado School of Mines. Attending Mines was a big move for Miranda. Being from Houston, Texas, and having her entire family still living in Houston (grandparents, aunts, siblings, etc.), the trip to Mines set off Miranda’s independent, fast-moving journey. While attending school, she never lost her passion for math but did not quite find her passion for engineering. When she was offered a job at Applied Control, it was the perfect match. She was presented the opportunity to leverage her engineering skills, however, with a heavy sales focus. She was going to get paid to talk, another one of her favorite things to do! Now being with Applied Control for four years, Miranda is currently in her third role. She started as an Application Engineer for the Fisher division providing technical support for multiple process plant control valve applications. After nine months, Applied Control created a new role, Valve Service Engineer and she was offered the position. As Applied Control’s first Valve Service Engineer, she had the opportunity to develop the role’s responsibilities as well as help the service manager build the team. After two years of growing the business, Miranda trained two new valve service engineers and was promoted to a business development position as a Valve Service Sales Specialist. No longer sitting at a desk day to day, Miranda now enjoys visiting all different types of industries throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. She supports process plant routine maintenance outages as well as the quick day-to-day depot valve repairs. To name a few, Miranda helped Natural Soda in Parachute, CO with their on-going isolation valve maintenances, supported Xcel Energy during their first outage since starting-up the plant, project managed the largest control valve outage for Phillips 66 in Billings, MT and facilitated hundreds of environmental compliance conversions for many Oil & Gas end users.
Even though Miranda has deep Texas roots, Colorado over the past seven years has become her home. She met her fiancé, a Colorado native and fellow engineer at Applied Control. The two recently purchased a lovely home in Centennial to raise their two loveable dogs, crazy cat, and any future children. As her experience and ambitions grow with Applied Control, her passion for learning the business aspect of her work grows as well. She believes the Colorado Chamber of Commerce 2019 EXECs Advocacy Program will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more industries in Colorado as well as grow her knowledge of the industries she supports. In the end, Miranda is eager to take this knowledge and help educate her peers on the ever-changing Colorado business climate.