Mariya Gelman is a Research and Development Manager in HP’s 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Business.
She leads a team of scientists and engineers developing 3D printing materials for HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology. Mariya joined HP in 2012 and has worked with several of HP’s key technologies including Thermal Inkjet, and Multi Jet Fusion. Joining the 3D organization in 2015, Mariya became a core member of the team that launched HP’s first 3D printer.
Mariya is passionate about giving back to the community and has held various community outreach volunteering roles within HP. She currently serves on HP’s 3D Network of Women, where she is responsible for attracting more women into 3D at HP.
Mariya also actively promotes STEM to middle-school girls by developing and leading hands-on workshops in STEM subjects, making the experience educational and fun for the students and growing the next generation of female leaders. Mariya holds a B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Mariya resides in San Diego, CA.
Nora Touré: Mariya, could you let us know briefly about your background and your journey into Additive Manufacturing?
Mariya Gelman: I started my career at HP 8 years ago and held several technical roles developing and integrating novel inks and materials for HP’s Inkjet and Liquid Electrophotography businesses. When HP delved into 3D printing, I was offered a position on the development team to support the launch of our first 3D printer. I didn’t hesitate at the chance to be a part of this cutting-edge development and learn the new technology.
The interplay of material science and physics appealed to me and allowed me to leverage my education in chemical engineering to develop and integrate new materials into the Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) process. I’m passionate about learning and developing new skills and HP has supported me with rotations across different projects. My current role as a Research and Development Manager allows me to continue learning everyday as my team and I work hard to expand HP’s 3D materials portfolio.
Nora Touré: HP 3D Printing has an internal Network of Women. Can you tell us more about this group and your actions?
Mariya Gelman: HP’s 3D Printing Network of Women was established to support and develop women in the 3D organization. The group’s charter consists of 3 pillars:
Attract: Represent HP as an exciting destination for women innovators
Develop: Drive career advancement and focus on ongoing development and enrichment opportunities
Inspire: Provide opportunities for women in 3D to come together and create a network to share ideas and support each other
I volunteered to co-lead the Attract pillar to take an active approach encouraging more women to join our organization. Personally, I can attest to the career opportunities available at HP and wanted to share my enthusiasm with others.
In addition to our external brand, we are also looking internally and planning workshops and training for managers to promote diversity and inclusion in hiring. For example, eliminating unintentional bias in job descriptions is one way to attract a more diverse talent pool.
Increased gender diversity in the workplace benefits everyone, not just women. Diversity of thought builds more productive and successful organizations and advances a more inclusive culture.
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