Recently, two women received awards for their achievements in manufacturing. Liz Kautzmann, Laser/Fabrication program manager at FANUC America, has been awarded a 2014 Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award from the Manufacturing Institute.
The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers in the manufacturing industry. "My passion for learning, growing and improving drives me in every aspect of my life including my career, and I am honored to be recognized for it," Kautzmann said. "I encourage the next-generation to pursue a rewarding career in manufacturing as well."
Jennifer McNelly, president of the Manufacturing Institute, commented, "These women are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing. We chose to honor these women because they each made significant achievements in manufacturing through positive impact on their company and the industry as a whole."
Kautzmann's real world experiences at Laser Lab International, Edison Welding Institute and Armco Research are the substance that fueled her passion for laser cutting. She has worked with groups like FIRST Robotics and The Science Olympics to ensure young people are exposed to laser technology and manufacturing.