Monica Pacheco, a Global Glass Science Engineer at O-I, is to receive a national award for her notable contribution to the glass manufacturing industry.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Award celebrates women who have made a significant impact in the manufacturing industry.

Pacheco is among 130 women being recognised nationally by The Manufacturing Institute, and will receive her award on April 28, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

Ludovic Valette, Vice President of Technology and Engineering at O-I, said: “The award is a testament to Monica’s passion, expertise, unwavering commitment to learning, and willingness to help other women advance within the manufacturing industry.”

Pacheco has served in a number of roles over the 12 years she has been with O-I, including a Lab Technician, a Batch and Furnace Manager and a Glass Scientist.

Today, Pacheco leads a global team at O-I’s World Headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio, and is responsible for establishing and standardising the best manufacturing practices globally, as well as formulating the glass recipe and providing tech support.

On winning the award, Pacheco said: “I am honoured to receive this award and represent all the talented, high-performing women at O-I. My journey at O-I and within the manufacturing industry has been challenging, but immensely rewarding.

I hope this award demonstrates to young women around the world what’s possible, within the fields of engineering, technical and manufacturing, when you respect all people, have passion for the process, understand the importance of teamwork, and constantly strive to perform high-quality work.”

The awards are part of the STEP Women’s Initiative, which aims to close the gender gap in manufacturing. For more information, see here.