“If you want to get into manufacturing, be curious and get your hands dirty. Build things. Manufacturing at it’s heart is making something useful out of less useful things. Training in a STEM field helps you get there, but there is no replacement for hands on work.”
Amy joined Pixelligent Technologies in April of 2012 and has very quickly made major impacts on the organization’s operational quality, cost, capacity, on-time delivery, and safety. In her initial role she led the successful design and installation of our largest ever high temperature, high pressure reactor for the pilot scale synthesis of our nanocrystals driving a 20x increase in output capacity. Amy’s technical, interpersonal, and project management skills then led to her promotion to Manager of Pilot Operations at the beginning of this yea, where she has led the commissioning and startup of the pilot reactor while managing the technician workforce facilitating the launch of the very successful PixClearTM family of products. She also serves as the company Safety Officer, where she applies her education, experience, judgment, and personal strength to build and execute a sound health and safety program.
Amy credits her parents and teachers with recognizing and supported her interests in math and science, eventually encouraging her to pursue engineering in college. She made the decision to work in chemical engineering following a weekend retreat with Society of Women Engineers at University of Illinois.
Amy has a strong commitment to mentoring students in STEM. She served as a professional mentor for the Case Western Reserve University chapter of Engineers without Borders, advising college engineering students on a well project in Cameroon. She also worked for Minds Matter in Cleveland, OH, an all-volunteer nonprofit focusing on educational programs for underprivileged, urban high school students with a particular emphasis on college preparation. There she was able to share her talents and passions to help young students excel.