Lindsay Schubel Nagle
Ceramic Quality Engineer III
John Crane, a division of Smiths Group plc 

“I grew up being very artistic and creative working with pottery and ceramics while also excelling in math and science. I was fortunate enough to find an industry where I am able to understand the science behind ceramics and other materials and improve their quality as a Materials Engineer.”

Lindsay oversees the quality department of the Crystal Lake facility, which specializes in manufacturing components from ceramic and proprietary carbon composite materials for John Crane products. By applying her knowledge of Materials Science to guide production, troubleshoot issues and improve materials formation/evaluation processes, Lindsay has updated and improved previous methods. Her efforts have resulted in increased reliability, improved control of yields and recommendations for new technology investments. During her tenure, the Crystal Lake facility has increased production by 40 percent, while reducing the percentage of rejected materials. Additionally, she has been a leader in reformulating five grades of custom carbon materials and qualifying them for use. Working with vendors, raw material suppliers, internal engineering groups and downstream users, Lindsay has investigated and resolved issues to ensure both continuous improvement and competitiveness within the marketplace.   

Lindsay is not afraid to dive in and lead from the front. Whether she is working on new product development or improving established processes, Lindsay finds solutions and willingly lends her expertise to those around her. In addition to mentoring operators in the manufacturing shop, Lindsay teaches inspectors about the selection and programming of inspection equipment. As a leader within the company’s employee safety group, Lindsay helped implement a new participation and recognition program. In addition, she is a member of interdisciplinary teams that work across sites and countries to ensure the entire supply chain and various stakeholders implement lasting solution. 

As a leader in the Schaumberg Jaycees, Lindsay has raised funds for community outreach programs and chaired projects, including the organization of science fairs and demos for community school districts. Through these efforts, Lindsay has helped expose youth to exciting opportunities in STEM. Working with the Jaycees has allowed Lindsay to selflessly dedicate her time, enthusiasm and expertise to ensure that children have opportunities to explore various STEM activities. 

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