Women manufacturing leaders honored with STEP Ahead honors

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Boston Whaler’s Yami Hu

Boston Whaler’s Yami Hu

The Manufacturing Institute announced 130 women who will receive STEP Ahead Awards, a distinction for women in manufacturing, including several who work in the marine industry.

Yami Hu, director of strategy and business development for Brunswick Corp., was recognized for her work with Boston Whaler. She joined Whaler in 2016 as manager of strategy and business development and was named director of her department within two years.

Her latest project is an online sales model designed to “reshape the landscape of the boat purchase experience at Boston Whaler, allowing consumers to purchase directly from the factory,” Brunswick said.

“Manufacturing is the bread and butter of our economy,” Hu said in a statement. “Seeing our customers enjoying Boston Whaler boats brings great joy to me.”

Adeola Olubamiji, senior additive manufacturing engineer with Cummins, will receive an award for developing an additive manufacturing technology “road map” and led the way to its implementation, the Manufacturing Institute said in a statement.

Elizabeth Umberson, vice president of materials management for ZF North America, was recognized for her 25 years with the company and as the first female plant manager at ZF’s Gainesville, Ga., facility.

Jennifer Brady, an engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding, was honored for her work on nuclear test engineering.

The Manufacturing Institute will honor the 130 recipients April 30 in Washington, D.C.

The complete list of STEP Ahead winners is here.

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