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Female Engineers Accelerate Construction Productivity

In recognition of International Women in Engineering Day, Susan Schierwagen, Engineering Vice President for Coupling & Fire Suppression Systems at Victaulic, the world’s leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining systems shares how she and Victaulic are forging a path to greater construction productivity.

Susan credits her success to listening, engaging and understanding customer challenges, then working collaboratively to disrupt current technologies and encourage innovative thinking. Most recently, Susan pioneered Victaulic’s groundbreaking new fire protection solution for small-diameter hard pipe systems, the FireLock™ Innovative Groove System (IGS) – creating a game-changing shift from traditional threading solutions for small diameter pipe to grooved joining technologies. This revolutionary system is causing experts within the fire protection industry to reexamine their approach to pipe joining, as IGS provides safer, cleaner and more cost effective jobsites while improving overall productivity.

When she’s not on a jobsite solving customer’s toughest construction challenges, she’s hard at work mentoring young women within the field of engineering. “I began my career in the 1980s when only 6% of engineers in the U.S. were women, today that number has more than doubled to 13%, but there is still plenty of room for more women to enter the engineering workforce,” commented Susan.

Susan’s applied engineering approach goes beyond problem solving, she’s altering the landscape of the world we live in, one construction build at a time – making the impossible, possible.

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