Susan Schierwagen
Vice President, Product Development – Fire Protection
Victaulic Company

“Manufacturing enables innovation to become reality. It is rewarding to use problem solving skills to develop new technologies that solve customer challenges. Advanced manufacturing is on the cutting edge of technology; 3D printing, drones and the Internet of Things are enabling our success and moving industry forward in unprecedented ways.”

As Vice President of Product Development, Susan’s leadership has been critical to one of the most complex redevelopment projects in New York City—Hudson Yards. This “new skyline” is being built on 28-acres on a platform above an active rail yard. To ensure efficiency in both time and costs, Susan collaborated with material engineering, product technology and process technology to develop a ceramic-coated coupling solution that not only withstands high temperatures—it can be installed up to 10 times faster.  In addition, Susan directed the introduction of Victaulic’s groundbreaking Innovative Groove System, which improves contractor productivity, compresses the construction schedule and eliminates leaks. These are only a few of Susan’s many accomplishments that serve as a model of Victaulic’s focus on innovation. 

Susan is an outstanding role model for the next generation of women in manufacturing. In addition to serving on numerous boards within the industry, she is a 2014 recipient of Lehigh Valley Business’ Women of Influence Award. She serves as a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, the Strategic Account Management Association and the Society of Women Engineers, among others. Susan is passionate about early exposure to STEM and advises women to take risks and not be intimidated by challenges. Several female engineers who Susan has coached were featured on the cover Plant Engineering News magazine, which is a testament to her leadership in the development of the next generation of women in engineering. Susan’s efforts have also been showcased through media coverage by International Fire Protection, Sprinkler Age and Fire Protection Contractor magazines.

Outside of Victaulic, Susan passionately supports various not-for-profit community boards such as the Women’s Leadership Council and United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Additionally, she mentors young women interested in engineering throughout the community, and has led fundraising efforts to award scholarships to high school seniors who plan to study engineering at a university. 

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