Dr. Mary Haas
Group Director, Engineering
Why did you join Air Products?
Air Products was founded on innovative ideas and strong technology, and we carry that legacy forward today. I like the combination of deep technical understanding and pratical applications. Our products end up in very diverse markets--from traditional chemical, oil and gas to dippin dots, NASA, fuel cell cars, and breweries.
Why do you love working at Air Products?
It is a particularly exciting time in Air Products’ history. We have strong leadership and a compelling strategy. The company is taking bold steps in the areas of gasification and capital investment. I find it personally important to be in a company that is focused on long-term, profitable growth.
What is it that keeps you working at Air Products?
Every single year I’ve continued to have real development opportunities. I am also very encouraged by the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Please describe your career at Air Products to date.
I joined Air Products as an R&D manager in Electronic Materials, developing commercial products spanning microelectronics and solar technologies. I then held leadership roles in Global Technology where I became a Six Sigma Master Black Belt (Continuous Improvement methodology). Most recently I had a commercial role in our Houston, Texas office, with business responsibility for liquid and bulk hydrogen, CO2, and Air Separation Oil Field Services.
Today I am the Director of Transformation, Quality and Continuous Improvement for our Global Engineering and Technology Division. I’m responsible for ongoing competitiveness and growth initiatives across product lines, in addition to establishing and executing business driven strategies in quality management and continuous improvement.
How does what you do contribute to sustainability?
In prior roles, I worked on power reduction projects to decrease our carbon footprint. Today I work closely with our product organization, a team that drives efficiency improvements with next generation products.
Tell me about the most intriguing/satisfying thing(s) you’ve done since you’ve been at Air Products.
So many projects and initiatives have been rewarding, and other aspects of working for Air Products are satisfying as well. A few examples are:
- Solving a product purity issue than had been a mystery for five years
- Leading technology development for low k dielectric materials that were deployed in advanced computer chips in real devices
- Mentoring junior employees and seeing them grow
- Traveling to 20 countries and collaborating with excellent people
- Doing liquid nitrogen demonstrations in my children’s schools to get them excited about science
What career advice would you give to those just starting out in their engineering careers?
Be passionate about the roles you choose. I think people perform their best when they love what they do, in addition to leveraging their strengths. And when you perform at your best, it leads to more opportunities and more options.
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