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Cameron Delivers Innovation via Simplicity for Pall Corporation
The goal of Loe Cameron’s team at Port Washington, NY-headquartered Pall Corporation is to deliver powerful control solutions that are also simple to use - two things, she notes, that don’t always go together.
“As a company, we support many industries, but my focus is biotechnology, where cells are the factory and their products address a wide variety of diseases,” explains Cameron, who leads Pall Corporation’s analytics and controls strategic program. Made up of 25 engineers and scientists, the team is dedicated to the modernization of bioproduction processes by developing innovative sensors, automation, and data analysis technologies.
To that end, the team recently developed and launched a product to control lab scale bioreactors, which is where the cells are grown and are the first major step in bioprocesses.
“This project felt personal because I started my career as a bioreactor process development engineer and was full of ideas for what would make the perfect product,” says Cameron of the project, which took two years.
“It was such an amazing feeling when it launched. Seeing new users controlling the bioreactors with their phones and getting excited about all of the flexible features was very rewarding. I like to think the researchers who use the product will someday create something much better, continuing the cycle to advance solutions and technologies.”
When Cameron headed to college, she didn’t have a clear path forward in terms of her major - that is until her chem 101 professor suggested that she pursue a summer internship with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Thanks to her solid application, she was selected by a fermentation lab where she began researching organic acid production - something she knew nothing about.
“That summer I had an amazing mentor and access to a whole team of experienced scientists who would brainstorm career options and majors with me. I can clearly remember the conversations that helped me settle on an engineering degree and can trace every role I’ve ever had back to that internship,” recalls the senior director of analytics and controls.
She adds: “The world is full of possibilities, and I could’ve easily ended up in a different technical field. It was the people around me that cleared the path to where I am today, because they had insight I didn’t have into my abilities and the opportunities available to me. Because of this I encourage the team at Pall to bring in interns, and provide students and early-career engineers with the exposure they need to see their own potential, and their options.”
With the company for 10 years, Cameron appreciates the variety of the work at Pall, and the openness of the organization to allow motivated people to stretch themselves, and explore new areas and career opportunities.
“I started in bioreactors and ended up in analytics/software because I was able to follow my interests into new roles,” she shares.
“Pall has a good track record of providing associates with opportunities that match their interests, which is ideal for people who speak up and express what they want to do, and how they want to contribute.”
To maximize your success, Cameron recommends focusing your talent, time and effort on the problems that matter.
“Your career progression will often be dictated by how much the organization values what you’re doing rather than the quality of your work. Sometimes this means pushing for visibility and putting your work in the context of what’s important to others so they can see the value. Sometimes it means realizing your focus area isn’t contributing as much as it should and moving on to something more critical.”
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