Penny Wirsing has had a noteworthy career in environmental regulatory compliance in the oil and gas industry, from Exxon Mobil Corporation, a major integrated oil company, to PBF Energy, a merchant refining company. She is currently an environmental manager for the Torrance Refining Company LLC in Southern California, where she manages a team of environmental engineers responsible for ensuring the refinery’s compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. Wirsing earned her B.S. in civil engineering with honors from Michigan State University, and went on to obtain her MBA from the University of Washington.
An engaged member of SWE since she was a student at Michigan State, Wirsing has held numerous leadership roles at the local, region, and Society levels, leading several task forces and serving as Society treasurer and director of strategic initiatives. She was recognized for her accomplishments by SWE in 2007 when she became a SWE Fellow. In 2015 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University College of Civil Engineering.
Wirsing is involved in her community, serving on the board of directors for a local nonprofit organization that provides services to children with special needs. Wirsing lives in Redondo Beach, California, with her husband, Rick.