Ashley Thompson
Process Engineer II
BASF Corporation 

"My passion for manufacturing has been inspired by many people throughout my life including family, teachers, and mentors. Manufacturing is more than just making products for consumption; it’s how I can personally influence and improve the quality of life for my family, community, and customers."

Ashley has demonstrated a desire to grow and contribute since beginning her career with BASF as an engineering intern in 2011. In addition to being designated as an Emerging Leader at BASF, she was the first of 100 employees at the Chattanooga site to acquire her Lean-Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification. For the past two years, Ashley has maintained being in the Top 10 of 30,000 participating employees in BASF’s One Ton Each program which promotes environmental sustainability. She continuously supports BASF’s 2025 strategy of “Winning Together” and promotes diversity and inclusion across the site. 
Ashley is actively involved with the Chattanooga Site Leadership Team and the Chattanooga Business Group, mentoring young engineers by helping them develop the skills needed for a career with BASF. She also participates in a range of STEM outreach.  She facilitates the BASF Kid’s Lab in Chattanooga with Orchard Knob Elementary, serves as the BASF liaison for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Career Day, and networks with the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy to help introduce these young minds to STEM. Her continued efforts have made her the lead volunteer coordinator for STEM Awareness at the BASF Chattanooga Facility.
Ashley volunteers with the Chattanooga community in non-STEM efforts too. She is involved in many non-profit organizations which include the Salvation Army, the YMCA, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Chattanooga Food Bank. In addition, she coordinates and leads events for the BASF Chattanooga Facility for Read Across America Day, National Chemistry Week, and National Engineers Week. She is also on the Engineering Academic Advisor Board Panel for three local colleges. 

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