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LGO student Fetcho-Phillips receives "New Faces of Engineering" award

Kacey Fetcho-Phillips, a student in MIT's Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program.
Kacey Fetcho-Phillips, a student in MIT's Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program.
Photo: L. Barry Hetherington

Kacey Fetcho-Phillips, a student in MIT's Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program, was recently named by the National Engineers Week Foundation and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) as a 2010 recipient of the New Faces of Engineering award.

The New Faces of Engineering program highlights the interesting and unique work of young engineers and the resulting impact on society. It specifically honors engineers under 30 years old who demonstrate outstanding abilities and leadership and who are working globally to solve pressing issues, such as energy resource conservation, climate change, disease prevention and national security. Sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, the New Faces of Engineering program seeks to help ensure a diverse, well-educated engineering workforce of the future by increasing young students' literacy and interest in engineering and technology careers.

"Kacey brings to LGO not only the academic excellence required to study at MIT, but also a demonstrated commitment to using her knowledge, experience and expertise to help improve the world," said Don Rosenfield, director of LGO, which was formerly the MIT Leaders for Manufacturing. "We are privileged to have Kacey as a member of the LGO '11 class and very proud of her receiving the New Faces of Engineering award."

Prior to attending MIT, Fetcho-Phillips worked at Eli Lilly and Company for seven years in biotech manufacturing, supporting the production of medicine for osteoporosis, diabetes and sepsis patients. She provided engineering ownership for insulin production equipment by completing process analysis and implementing improvement projects and led delivery of equipment process control code within a biotech start-up facility. She also successfully delivered alarm management improvement projects, co-created a global alarm management forum and developed a process and analysis tool for alarm rationalization. In addition, Fetcho-Phillips actively managed the manufacturing intern program and recruited new engineering talent.

A member of NSPE and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Fetcho-Phillips has actively volunteered within the engineering community by mentoring younger engineers and within several programs for high school and college students. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Indiana.

Currently in her first year as an LGO student, Fetcho-Phillips said, "The MIT Leaders for Global Operations program has been an amazing experience for me to grow professionally while continuing to make an impact on society through real-world focused coursework and activities. The opportunities available as a student within both the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT School of Chemical Engineering are truly exceptional, and are preparing me to continue to make a difference long after graduation.

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