Women Breaking the Mold 2021: Meghan DeChello
July 26, 2021
Jordan Vitick, Originally Published in Plastics News Magazine
Meghan DeChello received a bachelor’s degree in chemical and molecular engineering, applied mathematics and statistics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She said she has always had an interest in medical product development and “was very excited at the opportunity to be involved in the process from turning an idea into reality via injection molding.” Working at Natech Plastics Inc. is her first plastics industry role.
As lead applications engineer for the Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based custom injection molder, DeChello is involved in quotations, from gathering client requirements to negotiating orders; new product development, including analyzing parts for manufacturability and recommend changes; and strategy, including working with the marketing and project engineering teams to increase sales and participate in marketing plans.
DeChello’s greatest achievement was signing on her first client a few months after starting full time, she said.
“Before this, most of my time had been as an intern supporting the other engineers,” DeChello said. “This was the first moment I felt like I [was] really contributing to the team and growth of the business.”