Elisabeth Weissenrieder-Bennis, a member of the Newark College of Engineering Board of Visitors at New Jersey Institute of Technology, has been recognized as a “Woman of Excellence in Metalforming & Fabricating” in this November’s issue of MetalForming Magazine. The magazine recognizes women who “have demonstrated dedication to creating an industry that remains inclusive, innovative and productive, even as it constantly changes.”

Weissenrieder-Bennis, the director of strategic planning for the medical devices manufacturing company, Weiss-Aug Co. Inc., earned the distinction for her role in the company’s growth, including its expansion of five plants in two countries – most recently in Mexico. She is one of 37 honorees this year.

“My reasons for recommending a career in manufacturing to women are the same reasons that I would recommend a career to men: seeing a product/part come to life from a CAD model through full-blown production is really rewarding,” Weissenrieder-Bennis said in response to being named for the honors. “Knowing that a product/part is being used in a critical part of a car or on the operating table makes you feel like you are part of contributing something of value. Lastly, manufacturing is fast-paced, and although it’s very challenging, it’s also a lot of fun!”