Sandvik Coromant Embraces Diversity, Empowers Women Engineers on Women in Engineering Day

Sandvik Coromant, the metal cutting tools expert, has reflected on the achievements and contributions of its female engineers, who continue to drive excellence in the industry on the occasion of Women in Engineering Day on June 23. Let’s look at several exceptional female leaders and engineers who inspire and lead by example.

Spotlighting Engineers

Helen Blomqvist, President, of Sandvik Coromant, is a shining example of leadership and expertise in engineering. With an impressive engineering background, Blomqvist has steered the company towards new heights of innovation and operational excellence. Her vision and strategic thinking have played a crucial role in positioning Sandvik Coromant as a global leader in the metal-cutting industry.

Similarly, Veronica Messersmith, President, of Sandvik Coromant Americas, exemplifies the spirit of engineering and leadership. With an engineering degree and extensive industry experience, Messersmith has been instrumental in driving the company’s growth and success across the Americas. “Being a woman in engineering means breaking barriers and challenging the status quo,” Veronica says. “It is about demonstrating that diversity drives innovation and that women can thrive and lead in traditionally male-dominated fields

Annika Langeen, Vice President, Offer Management and R&D, Sandvik Coromant, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the organization. Her engineering background and innovative mindset have been pivotal in advancing research and development initiatives. Langeen’s leadership has been key in developing cutting-edge solutions that meet evolving customer needs.

Jenevieve Yao, R&D Engineer, represents the next generation of female engineers making a difference. Her passion for research and development, coupled with her engineering acumen, has led to significant contributions to product innovation. Yao shares, “Today’s engineering landscape offers unprecedented opportunities for women. As the field grows more inclusive, the unique perspectives and skills women bring not only enrich the profession but also drive innovative and meaningful contributions.”


Introducing Girls to Engineering

In March, Sandvik Coromant held an ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering’ event at its Global HQ in Sandviken, Sweden. Female engineers from Sandvik Coromant showcased their work and achievements in the industry, from spearheading R&D innovations to championing industry know-how. The event featured a competition, and the winner got the exciting opportunity to attend the Women in Engineering convention in Stockholm alongside one of Sandvik Coromant’s female engineers. This initiative is part of ongoing efforts to encourage young women to explore and excel in engineering fields

Partnerships & Collaborations Supporting Women in STEM

Sandvik Coromant is committed to supporting women in STEM through various partnerships and collaborations. Its collaboration with Female Lead Engineers (FLE) supports and promotes women pursuing engineering careers, providing a platform for female engineers to connect, share experiences, and gain insights from industry leaders. Langeen, who is the sponsor of the program, states, “Our partnership with FLE is vital in empowering women to pursue careers in engineering. It provides a robust support system and showcases the success of female engineers, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. It means a lot to me that Sandvik Coromant partners with such an impactful organization, as it aligns with our commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

Scholarships & Educational Programs

To further support the growth and development of female engineering students, Sandvik Coromant offers various scholarships and mentorship programs. The ongoing partnership with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) includes the establishment of the Sandvik Coromant Centre onsite. Each year, scholarships are awarded to deserving students in a special ceremony, recognizing their achievements and encouraging them to pursue their engineering dreams. In recognition of these efforts, Sandvik Coromant was honored with the Distinguished Partner Award in May 2024 for outstanding support of female engineering students and future generations of manufacturing.

As we celebrate Women in Engineering Day, we acknowledge the incredible contributions of women engineers at Sandvik Coromant and around the world. Their dedication, innovation, and leadership continue to shape the future of engineering, inspiring the next generation to reach new heights.


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