Stephanie Strazisar
Elastomers Technical Manager
Covestro LLC 

“The challenge of finding solutions to unmet customer needs is exhilarating! It’s especially satisfying to develop and work with teams of diverse individuals where we all contribute to the successes of our country’s polyurethane manufacturing businesses. This industry brings so many wonderful opportunities to learn and grow professionally.”

As Elastomers Technical Manager, Stephanie supports Covestro’s polyurethane elastomers business in North America with strategic technical development by collaborating with hundreds of customers to optimize how they use and process Covestro products. Joining the team during a time of transition, Stephanie saw an opportunity to start fresh and foster a new culture built on trust, transparency and communication. When one of the team’s largest customers was faced with a difficult technical challenge, Stephanie stepped outside of industry standards to design an experiment that quickly identified key processing factors. Her innovative solution secured the customer account, while paving the way for up to $1.3M in future growth opportunities. 

Stephanie’s leadership has resulted in efficiency improvements and a higher-performing, more collaborative team. She empowers her employees to challenge tradition and push boundaries, while making sure they have the tools, resources and support they need to grow. 

Stephanie inspires the next generation to embrace their childlike curiosity, make the courageous choice to pursue a STEM career and find colorful ways to pay it forward. As an active volunteer with Covestro’s i3 STEM team, she frequently visits Pittsburgh-area classrooms to engage students in hands-on learning while sharing her own experience as a real-life chemist. Additionally, she supports Covestro-sponsored events like the Greenlight for Girls (g4g) Day, a global program that aims to spark girls’ interest in STEM. Stephanie also organized a Take Your Child to Work Day for Covestro’s Pittsburgh campus, inviting colleagues and their children to cast their own polyurethane “bouncy balls” to demonstrate how Covestro materials play a role in everyday life. 

Stephanie has impacted many young minds through her extensive STEM volunteerism. She embraces the opportunity to mentor young women who are considering a career in STEM, many of which have shadowed Stephanie on the job to gain firsthand insight into a day in the life of a chemist in the manufacturing industry. 

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