Trailblazer for STEM

Ka-Pi Hoh and Mel McGee, the founder of We Can Code IT, delivered keynote addresses at WISER’s annual Awards Banquet April 19.

Ka-Pi Hoh, a top scientist for Lubrizol, was honored for helping other women find success in science and engineering.

Ka-Pi Hoh, ’84, MS ’87, PhD ’89, was named one of Northeast Ohio’s Notable Women in STEM by Crain’s Cleveland Business for her pioneering work for Lubrizol Corp. and for her eagerness to share her success.

A three-degree alumnus from Case Institute of Technology, Hoh is an expert in macromolecular science and engineering. Recently, she was promoted to Director of Organization Change Management, Information Solutions Strategy at Lubrizol, a specialty chemicals maker headquartered in the Cleveland suburb of Wickliffe.

Hoh’s impact spans the globe. She served as the first female technical manager at Lubrizol’s European Research and Development Centre in the United Kingdom. There, she helped pave the way for other women scientists, according to Julie Edgar, vice president of research and development and chief sustainability officer at Lubrizol.

“Ka-Pi has always been focused on helping women in STEM — both internal and external to Lubrizol,” Edgar told Crain’s, adding that Hoh was one of the founders of the Lubrizol’s Women in Technology group.

Hoh also helped to establish Lubrizol’s technical presence in China. She designed and managed construction of the Zhuhai Research, Development Testing Laboratory, then recruited and developed a team of chemists, technicians and managers, Edgar said. Back in the U.S., she led the team that redesigned Lubrizol’s product commercialization process.

At her alma mater, Hoh serves as chair of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering. She’s also a professional mentor for the Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable, where members were thrilled to hear of her award.

Sarah Dunifon, WISER’s associate director, described Hoh as “one of our greatest supporters.”

Hoh delivered a keynote address at WISER’s 2019 Awards Banquet, April 19 at Tinkham Veale University Center. She was joined by Mel McGree, founder of We Can Code IT.