Layne received her MBA from the University of Washington, and her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona. With more than 30 years of experience in the engineering field, she founded Willowview Consulting in 2003. She has worked for large corporations (Booz Allen & Hamilton, Hewlett Packard) as well as small start-ups and has performed in all facets of the engineering lifecycle during her career. She is the trusted science and technology advisor to the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Layne also holds a patent for a System for Generating Electrical Energy from Ambient Motion (Patent number 7847421).