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After graduation from University of Missouri - Rolla in 1984, Robin began her career working for McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems Company in St. Louis, Missouri, as a Design Engineer, Specialist, working for their Low Observable Technology, Advanced Cruise Missile division. Robin worked for McDonnell Douglas from 1985 to 1991 working her way up to Design Engineer, Senior Specialist in both their Tacit Rainbow and Harpoon Missile divisions. She moved on from McDonnell Douglas to become a Co=Owner/Project Manager at Shepard Civil Engineering in St. Charles, Missouri from 2003 - 2009.
Robin served as an Adjunct Professor at Washingtion University in St. Louis, Missouri since 1996, where she is also a Faculty Advisor for the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), with an ongoing project at the Mekelle School for the Blind in Ethiopia.
Robin is President/Owner of Shepard Safety LLC, established in 2007, a company that specializes in safety training and education. Currently, Robin spends time travelling throughout Missouri bringing safety training to city and county employees.
Robin has received many awards throughought her career, including being inducted into Missouri S&T Women's Hall fo Fame in March 2010.
Robin and her husband, Kevin, and two of her three sons reside in St. Peters, Missouri. The oldest son, Alex, a graduate of MS&T lives with his wife (also an MS&T graduate) in St. Louis.