Melissa Stiegler

2020 STEP Ahead Honoree

Director, Hygienic Business

Manufacturing is improving our health, safety and the environment like never before and I am excited to be a part of it. The products I currently manage, help Life Science companies more efficiently produce medicines used to improve the lives of people across the globe.

Melissa is a forward-thinking engineer with 15 years of experience driving product development and integrating multiple business units across the global Emerson organization. Among her many achievements, Melissa developed a wireless acoustic transmitter designed to improve customers’ steam usage by monitoring their steam traps and pressure relief valves. She also developed software to facilitate data interpretation and determine the state of the steam traps. The result is a product that reduces the number of times operators must go into the field, keeping more people out of harm’s way. Melissa takes pride in the fact that she has been able to make a difference in how the industry does business.  Most recently, as head of Emerson’s hygienic business, she has helped her team launch four new products, with three more set to launch soon.

Melissa has taken on a leadership role in Emerson’s efforts in diversity & inclusion. As a founding member and board member of Emerson’s Women in STEM Employee Resource Group, she actively mentors both female and male engineers. Since her freshman year in college, she has been an active member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), holding leadership positions at the sectional and national level. She is also a member of the Twin Cities Engineering Industry Advisory Board (IAB) through Minnesota State University at Mankato, which provides more opportunities for mentoring.

In her community, Melissa is an active volunteer in her local school district. She serves as a school liaison for the Parent Communication Network, a room parent for two classrooms and plans the elementary school science fair. She is a member of the Edina School District Technology Advisory Team, which provides input on the use of technology in classrooms. She also lends her time to managing her son’s hockey team and leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.