Ranjana Chandramouli
Senior Engineer, IAPI Automation
Eli Lilly and Company

“I love that I get to work with a cross-functional team to solve a problem or work towards a common goal. Working as a team makes us, as individuals, better and leads us to better and more innovative solutions. The sense of group accomplishment is unmatched.” 

Ranjana has demonstrated powerful leadership and support to Eli Lilly and Company through her engineering roles at insulin manufacturing plants. As a Process Engineer, she provided exemplary frontline support by monitoring and maintaining process equipment to achieve a reliable supply of high quality medicine while being safe and environmentally responsible. As a trusted resource among her peers, Ranjana has led a large portfolio of projects that have always been well understood by affected parties and delivered on time. Today, she continues to demonstrate her learning agility as she furthers her expertise in the company’s computer system validation process.

As Chair of Lilly’s Women Engineering Network (WEN), Ranjana leads efforts to unite and engage women engineers in all areas of the business through networking, building relationships, sharing experiences and more. Under her leadership, WEN has hosted several events including a Habitat for Humanity volunteering day, coffee chats and monthly mentoring circles. In addition to leading monthly professional, social and service events, Ranjana serves as a trusted coach and mentor to both process team members and frontline operations personnel. Focused on driving inclusive leadership, Ranjana also helped develop a reverse mentoring program for female talent to coach, educate and develop male members of the company’s site leadership team by working with them on the unique challenges faced by women in manufacturing.

While volunteering at Engineering Explorers, Ranjana teaches local high school students about various engineering disciplines, coordinates student visits to local manufacturing sites and engineering colleges, and more. She also is involved with the Society of Women Engineers’ community outreach group and volunteers regularly at events to promote STEM education in the area. Recently, she was among 20 volunteers to work with 38 Girl Scouts to help them earn Brownie Inventor Badges during a Rube Goldberg Event. Through the United Way’s READUp program, Ranjana also works one-on-one with third grade students to improve comprehension and literacy skills.

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