Episode 135: Maggie Kreiser on Seeking Professional Development Opportunities as a Young Engineer
In this SWE Diverse episode, Heather Doty, FY21 president of SWE, speaks with Maggie Kreiser, a process engineer at Compass Minerals. Learn about Maggie’s background in petroleum and natural gas engineering, her role as a process engineer, and why she actively seeks professional development opportunities to strengthen her skills and career.
Maggie Kreiser is a process engineer for sulfate of potash operations at Compass Mineral’s Ogden, Utah location. This facility features a 50,000-acre solar evaporation pond complex – which is one of only four in the world that produces sulfate of potash from a naturally occurring brine source.
Since joining the company in 2018, she has competed in the company-wide Innovation Tournament, placing second place, and has served as chair for the Ogden Women’s LINK (Leading, Inspiring, Networking, Knowing) employee resource group (ERG). She is currently on the steering committee of Emerging Leaders LINK, another ERG at the company.
Maggie studied petroleum and natural gas Engineering at Penn State University and worked on natural gas rigs throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia before joining Compass Minerals and relocating to Utah. She was drawn to engineering as a profession because of the many challenges engineers help solve and the wide variety of career options.
Most recently, Maggie has been working with the Compass Minerals sales team and directly with customers to better understand the business side of its operations. Outside of work, Maggie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and teaching yoga, skiing and snowboarding.
Compass Minerals is a leading provider of essential minerals focused on safely delivering where and when it matters to help solve nature’s challenges for customers and communities. Its salt products help keep roadways safe during winter weather and are used in numerous other consumer, industrial and agricultural applications. And its plant nutrition business manufactures an innovative portfolio of products that improve the quality and yield of crops, while supporting sustainable agriculture. Additionally, its specialty chemical business serves the water treatment industry and other industrial processes. The company operates 21 production and packaging facilities with more than 3,000 personnel throughout the U.S., Canada, Brazil and the U.K.
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