Elizabeth "Binky" Sargent
Manager, Engineering Material Sciences
"A true sense of achievement is only realized when the accomplishment is challenging and serves a purpose. I am passionate about manufacturing because potential achievements are waiting for action. Regardless of sector, market influences drive improvement to prior implementations, efficiency in current processes, and innovative developments for the future."
Binky manages analytical resources and programs with a staff of engineers, scientists, and highly skilled technicians supporting research and development, manufacturing, intellectual property, and field sales with 50+ types of analytical methods. Leading the Analytical Techniques Competency Team, she employs Six Sigma methodologies, challenges project teams to do the same, and is an advocate of the power of data and the importance of gathering sufficient data without becoming immobilized. She is widely recognized both for her technical contributions and for her leadership skills.
To promote the appropriate use of statistical tools, Binky volunteers to teach portions of an internal Kennametal Six Sigma course, participates in a Variability Reduction Community of Practice, and mentors other engineers as they work on their Six Sigma green belt certification. She enjoys connecting with all people at different levels of the organization and inspiring them in their professional roles.
Binky is active in promoting STEM education. Through a partnership between the Kennametal Foundation and local schools, Kennametal offers an introductory engineering course to high school juniors and seniors. Binky has been involved with the program since its inception in 2011 and has been instrumental in updating the curriculum and coordinating programming with St. Vincent College and Penn State University. She also serves on the steering committee of local Manufacturing Day events, speaks at schools about engineering, volunteers for the North Hills Pittsburgh - American Association of University Women Tech Savvy program, and coordinates STEM programming offered by the Carnegie Science Center and sponsored by the Kennametal Foundation. In addition, she continues to volunteer with Delta Gamma Women’s Fraternity where she has held roles at local, regional, and international levels.