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PPG Manager Receives Manufacturing Award

Thursday, March 12, 2020

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Global coatings company PPG announced last week that Courtney Balliet, PPG manager, strategy, science and technology (S&T), has earned the STEP Ahead Award, presented by the Manufacturing Institute.

The award acknowledges “exceptional leadership and significant contributions to the manufacturing industry.”

The institute vets and scores candidates in two key areas: their contributions to their company and how they have mentored and volunteered in their community.

About Balliet

Beginning in 2012, Balliet conducted coatings research at PPG’s Global Coatings Innovation Center, where she developed a variety of technologies including coil, display and conductive coatings.

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Global coatings company PPG announced last week that Courtney Balliet, PPG manager, strategy, science and technology (S&T), has earned the STEP Ahead Award, presented by the Manufacturing Institute.

According to the company, Balliet has also been a driving force behind PPG’s patent-pending anti-fingerprint coating, a technology that significantly reduces the appearance of fingerprints on electronic displays and other touch screens for consumer electronics and electric vehicles.

“This recognition is exceptionally meaningful to me, as it allows the Manufacturing Institute to share women’s untold industry stories on a grand stage,” said Balliet.

“Women can often be an untapped talent resource in STEM industries, and by sharing even one woman’s accomplishments, we can inspire the next generation to pursue a career path never imagined, changing the world for the better.”

At PPG, Balliet mentors Ph.D. scientists and undergraduate interns, and she assists in campus recruiting efforts at Carnegie Mellon University, which is her alma mater. She also has served as a volunteer for the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair for several years, sharing her expertise with budding scientists from grades 6-12 to strengthen their interest in science, technology, engineering and math careers, according to PPG.

“PPG is immensely proud of the trailblazing contributions that Courtney has made to PPG and the manufacturing industry at large,” said David Bem, PPG Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, S&T.

“At PPG, Courtney has played a pivotal role in creating innovative technology platforms for our global customers that span across multiple markets, which will carry a lasting impact on the industry. Her leadership style consistently motivates her teammates in the lab, and her efforts outside the lab inspire the next generation of manufacturing leaders. Courtney is a strong community ally to women of all ages and backgrounds, boosting their confidence as they set out to make their own mark in scientific industries—as Courtney has done and continues to do.”

   

Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Business matters; Business operations; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; PPG

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