Employee Stories: Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang

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Wei Zhang

Associate Director of Process Engineering Global Supply Systems (GSS)

I joined Praxair in 2003 while completing my Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Some of my friends had joined Praxair from a major competitor and from what they’d told me, I had a very good impression of them as an employer. I saw them as a business that did really interesting things and I wanted to find out more. They’ve certainly lived up to my expectations.

My first role was as a Process Engineer in Mississauga in Ontario, working on plant design and execution. My first year was all about learning about the technologies, networking, understanding the landscape of the business and planning my future growth. In 2004, I was tasked with leading the design of an air separation plant in Sudbury, Canada. One year in, this was a huge responsibility. After two years of working hard on that project, it was extremely satisfying to lead its successful startup when my first batch of LO2 was produced and a great thrill to be able to say, “I was part of that.” It was a great foundation for me in terms of my knowledge, confidence and reputation.

In 2008, I transferred to the Praxair Technology Center in Buffalo, NY, where I’m now based. I wanted to learn new things and face bigger challenges. On every front, Praxair has delivered.

For engineers who have the ambition, energy and confidence to maximize their potential, this is the place to be. I’ve developed my technical skills, soft skills and leadership capabilities as well as my business sense. I’ve learned that I can help our business grow while improving the world in which we live. Developing winning solutions for our customers that continually improve safety, reliability, cost efficiency and environmental impact gives me a great sense of achievement and personal satisfaction.

I wanted to learn new things and face bigger challenges. On every front, Praxair has delivered.