As a manufacturing engineer at a chemical manufacturing plant, I am constantly amazed by the multitude of projects I am continually, deeply involved with. From improving the value stream for a new product to designing new equipment to produce those products to creating efficiency improvements in how we process the new product, every day is a new challenge. I have been lucky enough to work for a division and management team which allows me to independently identify projects I would like to pursue to improve the business, growing my sense of ownership of problem resolution. I work closely with operations, engineering, regulatory personnel, and controls engineers, allowing me to cross-functionally leverage the knowledge of many intelligent people with varied backgrounds and experiences. My biggest reward in this position is the realization of a successful project that increases efficiency, minimizes risks, improves operators’ work quality, and/or resolves a previously difficult challenge. While I do not currently have any direct reports, 3M’s cultural climate and my own management team’s involvement have provided me with multiple opportunities to continue expanding my leadership role within the organization.