Oregon Tech Board Chair Lisa Graham Named to National “Influential Women in Manufacturing” List

Lisa Graham

July 16, 2019, Schaumburg, Ill. – Lisa Graham, Ph.D., P.E., vice president of analytics engineering at Seeq and chair of the Board of Trustees of Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” has been selected to the 2019 class of Influential Women in Manufacturing (IWIM). The award is provided annually by Putman Media, publisher of Chemical Processing, Control, Control Design, Food Processing, Pharma Manufacturing, Plant Services and Smart Industry magazines.

The 27 women who join the ranks of IWIM for 2019 are recognized for their change leadership in manufacturing—their risk-embracing work that serves to move the needle on asset management and reliability, digital transformation, workforce development, and other elements critical to ensuring the manufacturing industry’s readiness to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

More than 120 nominations from across industry were received for IWIM 2019. Among the honorees in this year’s class of Influential Women in Manufacturing are CEOs, senior engineers and a member of Congress. They are leading initiatives that are challenging traditional approaches to focus areas ranging from production process management to manufacturing workforce recruitment.

Founded in late 2017 by Putman Media editors, Influential Women in Manufacturing seeks to recognize women who are effecting change in manufacturing and industrial production and engaging the next generation of manufacturing leaders. The 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing honorees will be profiled in a dedicated e-book to be released by Putman Media in September and recognized in person at the 2019 IWIM awards luncheon, taking place Friday, Oct. 4, (Manufacturing Day) at MxD in Chicago.

Dr. Graham has been a member of Oregon Tech’s board since September 2014, wherein she was soon after appointed chair. She currently serves as vice president of analytics engineering at Seeq, a high tech company that provides software with advanced analytics capabilities to the industrial process manufacturing sector, including pharmaceutical, oil and gas, mining and minerals, pulp and paper, energy and utilities, IIoT and chemical industries among others. Before joining Seeq, Dr. Graham was founder and CEO of Alkemy Innovation, an engineering company rethinking the approach to process development in the life sciences and pharmaceutical markets. Her strong business background was developed through her leadership roles such as the chief operating officer, senior vice president, and CEO with various companies, including Bend Research, Capsugel, Dow, Union Carbide, Alkemy Innovation and Seeq.

Dr. Graham served on Oregon State University’s Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) Industrial Advisory Board (2007-2019); the Governor’s STEM Investment Council (2013-2019); the Oregon University System’s Engineering and Technology Industry Council (2008-14); Oregon Institute of Technology President’s Advisory Council (2010-16); STEM Access and Success Task Force (2012); State Board of Higher Education (2014-15); and Central Oregon STEM Hub Advisory Board (2014-16).

She holds a B.S. degree and a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in Oregon and is registered with the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying. She was inducted into OSU’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2016, authored 15 scientific papers and 26 professional presentations, and hold two patents.

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