Employee Stories: Abbey Bacak

Abbey Bacak


Abbey Bacak

Sr. R&D Manager

Corporate R&D - Tonawanda, NY

I’ve been with Praxair over 13 years and I still learn something new every day. In 2002, I spent time in India which proved to be a life changing experience for me as a 23 year old woman. I developed the project turnaround plan and then led the day shift work at one of our plants. Communication proved to be difficult due to cultural differences. The project was challenging enough without that hurdle to overcome. We encountered many unexpected issues along the way but together with the smart, talented Praxair people at the site, we overcame the obstacles in order to complete the job on schedule and supply gas to the pipeline per our commitment to the customer.

That’s one of the many great things about working at Praxair. You’re surrounded by high caliber people and your talent will be put to the test. You can’t fake it. It’s a challenging environment and expectations are high. It’s a fast paced, ever-changing business, but you are in control of your future. You drive your own development and if you’re invested in Praxair, the business will invest in you. You’ll be encouraged whether you’re bringing a new idea to the table, looking to develop your skills in a new role or gaining experience overseas.

As an engineer, creativity can often be left out of the job description. That’s certainly not the case at Praxair. We operate in very competitive markets and it is the innovative ideas and creativity that drive our success. If you have a good idea and you believe in it, Praxair will help you make it happen.

After completing an expat assignment in Shanghai, China, I am now working in our cryogenic air separation R&D group in Tonawanda, NY.  I am building a new team focused on making our Cold Boxes more competitive.  This role is very rewarding as I get to work with our engineering and design team, regional execution centers and our fabrication suppliers.  While we are still in the beginning stages of building the technology road map and beginning projects, I look forward to the work ahead to accomplish our goals.

If you have a good idea and you believe in it, Praxair will help you make it happen.