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Women In Engineering: Rosanne Brunello

March 20, 2019
Source: ASM International

This profile series introduces leading materials scientists from around the world who happen to be females. Here we speak with Rosanne Brunello, president and sales engineer at Mountain Rep in Cleveland. 

What does your typical workday look like? 

When you run your own business, a day is far from typical. My office never closes. I am on call 24/7. The reason is simple: Customers need help and need it now. When a customer needs a product because their furnace is down, I want to be their go-to gal. 

What part of your job do you like most? 

Solving problems for my customers is the most rewarding part of my business. What I enjoy doing the most is suggesting a manufacturing process or improvement on a design. 

What is your engineering background? 

Straight out of college, I was hired to promote the new technology of computerized numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, replacing NC machines. I became certified as a manufacturing engineer through the Society of Manufacturing Engineers years later. I spent the past 35 years as a manufacturer’s representative learning about all of the manufacturing processes available including machining, castings, forgings, 3D printing, gears, and the plating and processing of those components and assemblies. My expertise now relates to the thermal processing side of the business including furnaces, vacuum pumps, fluid cooling systems, thermocouples, and temperature uniformity surveys. 

Did you ever consider doing something else with your life besides engineering? 

I enjoy collaborating. I would be interested in promoting American manufacturing as an association leader, mentor, or advisor to the U.S. president to impart how important manufacturing is in our country. 

If a young person approached you for career advice about pursuing engineering, what would you tell them? 

I frequently work with college students as a board member of Fenn Academy and the ASM Cleveland Chapter Student Coordinator for Cleveland State University. I love reaching out to students regarding engineering careers. I tell them that manufacturing is the heart of America. We need to have the most creative and innovative people in this industry to secure our competitive edge as a serious contender in a global market. 


Tennis, golf, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and collecting fine Brunello wines. 

Last book read? 

“A Heat Treater’s Book Guide” by Daniel H. Herring. 


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