Kennametal celebrates its 2024 Women MAKE Award Winners

April 10, 2024 - 07:30am
MAKE Winners

Kennametal Inc. announced that Katie Myers, product manager, marketing, and Zhuqing Wang, staff engineer, materials science have been recognized as a 2024 Emerging Leader and Women MAKE Award Honoree respectively by The Manufacturing Institute.

Myers and Wang are among 130 honorees from companies of all sizes and sectors to receive this honor and they join a group of 15 other Kennametal women, who received Women MAKE Awards in prior years. They will be honored at an April 18 event.

"Katie and Zhuqing exemplify the values of leadership, dedication and excellence that drive our company," said Kennametal president and CEO Christopher Rossi. "We are thankful for their innovative ideas and inspirational leadership in helping Kennametal to serve our customers and advance the manufacturing industry."

Myers' first-hand insights deliver innovative tooling solutions that enhance efficiency and reliability in manufacturing processes. She played an integral role in the launch of several new product platforms that drive growth for Kennametal by helping customers solve their manufacturing challenges. Myers is an advocate for an inclusive and diverse workplace, and was instrumental in helping to launch the Employee Resource Group (ERG), Women at Work, and now co-leads the group.

Wang is a subject matter expert in the fields of Additive Manufacturing and Materials Science and is leading Kennametal's research and development of tungsten carbide powder. In addition to her technical expertise, she serves as a mentor to several female Ph.D. candidates, helping them hone their technical and leadership skills.

On April 18, the Manufacturing Institute will recognize all recipients of the Women MAKE Awards in Washington, D.C. The evening will highlight the story of each Honoree and Emerging Leader, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.

The Women MAKE Awards  recognize women gamechangers working in the manufacturing industry who exemplify leadership within their companies. This national honor identifies top talent in manufacturing and further encourages award winners to mentor and support the next generation of female talent to pursue modern manufacturing careers. The Women MAKE Awards give women across the country a platform to showcase the incredible opportunities the industry has to offer, whether they are running the company, designing the next big product or testing innovations on the shop floor. 

In 2024, the Manufacturing Institute will recognize 130 women leaders (Honorees) and rising female stars (Emerging Leaders). Emerging Leaders is a category to honor women under the age of 30 who have achieved unique accomplishments at the start of their careers. See the full list of 2024 award winners here

Related Glossary Terms

  • lapping compound( powder)

    lapping compound( powder)

    Light, abrasive material used for finishing a surface.

  • tungsten carbide ( WC)

    tungsten carbide ( WC)

    Intermetallic compound consisting of equal parts, by atomic weight, of tungsten and carbon. Sometimes tungsten carbide is used in reference to the cemented tungsten carbide material with cobalt added and/or with titanium carbide or tantalum carbide added. Thus, the tungsten carbide may be used to refer to pure tungsten carbide as well as co-bonded tungsten carbide, which may or may not contain added titanium carbide and/or tantalum carbide.


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