Title: Section manager of raw materials
Company: Bridgestone Americas Inc.
Why she was selected: Weingart has received multiple patents and has had her work published on multiple occasions throughout her career and in grad school.
What inspired you to pursue a career in the rubber industry?
When I was growing up, my father's dad worked for Firestone in the cure room. Always looking up to my father, I was excited to be given the opportunity to be a part of something so big throughout the world.
How has working in the rubber industry broadened your view of the world?
When I travel for work or on vacation, it is amazing to me how far our products reach. People know rubber products, but often times do not understand the complexity of the product. I have the great opportunity to travel internationally to work with scientists, engineers and business people around the world that each provide a unique approach specific to their culture that helps me understand the science behind rubber a little better each time.
What advice do you have for students considering a career in the rubber industry?
Never shy away from coursework outside your focus of study. You never know when that information or lessons learned will come in handy within your career. This helps you think outside of the box and gives you a different perspective that might give you a competitive advantage to help solve a problem. Never be afraid to try something new or ask a question. Always remember it is better to listen and watch as you never know when you might learn something.
Other interests: Weingart and her husband have four children—three girls and one boy—and is one of five, with three sisters and a brother. Together her family, she enjoys good food, vacation and fun.