Kennametal Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, has announced that Dianmei Xu, Senior Engineer Manufacturing Applications, will be honoured at the 10th annual Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Awards, scheduled to take place April 28 in Washington, DC. Presented by The Manufacturing Institute, the awards celebrate women making an impact in science, technology, engineering and production (STEP) careers who have made outstanding achievements in their companies and communities.
Xu is among 100 honourees from ninety-seven companies of various sectors to receive this honour. She joins a group of thirteen other women from Kennametal who have been recognised previously.
“We congratulate Dianmei for receiving this prestigious award,” stated Christopher Rossi, CEO and president. “She embodies our values – with a passion for continuous improvement and serving customers – and sets an example for all leaders to follow. Dianmei is an inspiration to her colleagues and her community.”
Xu is noted as having been instrumental to the success of numerous initiatives at the company’s Tianjin, China facility, including continuous improvement projects with significant global contributions. Through her work, she has helped the company achieve several significant modernisation milestones, while also actively contributing to her community by mentoring women colleagues and sharing her experiences & knowledge with new technicians and engineers.
Prior to this, Xu was recognised for her philanthropic activities, including participation in the Tianjin Volunteer Tree Planting initiative, the Farmer’s Recreation Project in her hometown and organising events to support people with leukaemia.
“The 2022 STEP Ahead honourees and Emerging Leader awardees are excellent representatives of the exciting opportunities available in manufacturing,” stated Denise Rutherford, 2022 STEP Ahead chair. “These remarkable women and the leadership they show help inspire next generation of female leaders to consider careers in manufacturing.”