Kate Chepeleff Business Advisor

315.268.3778 x 28 office

315-212-4890 cell


Kate is a project / process engineer with 20 years of progressive engineering responsibility in heavy industry and manufacturing. She is a certified Lean Green Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt with strong communication skills applied across many levels of an organization. She is recognized for her leadership on transformational team-based initiatives for operational excellence, continuous improvement expertise and as a results-driven technical leader, change agent and new equipment installation startup leader with a solid background in training program development and delivery. Her familiarity with plant environment includes corporate standards, such as OSHA, DEC, ISO, Contracting Out, Purchasing and Corporate Auditing roles.

Professional Experience:

CITEC Business Solutions - February 15, 2016 to present

Business Advisor

  • lean & six sigma training and implementation projects
  • supply chain improvements
  • sustainability projects
  • pollution prevention
  • improve inventory methods
  • identify cost-savings opportunities
  • plant / project management
  • safety training
  • document and calculate project impacts
  • preventative maintenance programs

ALCOA (Massena, NY) - 2012 to February 2016

Mechanical Engineer / Maintenance Supervisor

Successfully oversaw the mechanical maintenance of the AFE Extrusion facility. Supported the 24/7 manufacturing operation while meeting the plant safety requirements and up time objectives. Responsibilities included:

  • maintaining the preventative maintenance program,
  • coordinating project work with internal and external resources to accomplish jobs on time and within budget,
  • managing the apprentice program within the department
  • project material purchasing from internal and external suppliers, and contracting out coordination are key components of this role.


HOOSIER MAGNETICS, Ogdensburg, NY - 2007 to 2012

Plant Manager

Successfully oversaw the 24/7 manufacturing operation through hard economic challenges, met customer requests while meeting the plant environmental and safety requirements including purchasing and installing new environmental equipment.

Process Engineering / Quality Manager

Cross functional role supporting the lab while bringing the manufacturing process to a new level of understanding.


CORNING, INCORPORATED, Canton, NY - 1994 to 2007

Project Engineer

Responsibilities included project management and process engineering support of the department furnaces, grinding equipment and bonding processes.

  • Supported production using black belt skills to avoid over $3 million costs.
  • Managed projects including engineering calculations, defining work flow with supporting documentation that achieved high levels of customer satisfaction with the final products.
  • Represented manufacturing in the quoting and contract review systems, staying within +/- 15% accuracy on quotes while meeting Corning contract deadlines.

Forming Section Supervisor, Engineering Supervisor and Department Head

Supervised operations of 24/7 department, appointed engineering supervisor, and then department head.

The role of the Forming Virtual Factory Department Head oversaw the manufacture of ULETM glass and HPFSTM glass in both the Canton and Charleston Facilities. Focused on gaining consistent results from the two facilities thru Process Convergence, Execution Excellence and Organizational Alignment.

  • As cross functional team member, instituted “Run Plan Run Review” system that significantly improved the forming success measure.
  • Drove training / certification program resulting in 100% of forming operators certified, 100% compliance on document audits and effective communications. Jointly developed “Engineer in Training” program that improved industrial relations within the department.

Forming Start-Up Team Leader

Led start-up team thru installation, start-up, and process qualification and training efforts of new furnaces line.

  • Subject matter expert for equipment and process design, resulting in process consistency and reduced product variation. Proper planning, installation monitoring, and training resulted in project meeting and exceeding the Corning quality expectations.


Abrasive Water Jet Task Engineer

Engineering support for 5 axes abrasive water jet, during installation debug and acceptance testing.

  • Documented process, including generating four level training plans for qualification and certification of operators. Working with the customer, led subsurface damage investigation to establish baseline for process.

Process Engineer

Provided engineering support for multiple facilities, assisted in meeting cycle time reduction goals, and improved production quality and output.

  • Improved edge grind capability and reduced cycle time by 50 percent. Collected baseline data to assist in the creation of Standard Operating Set Points and Standard Operating Procedures within the quality system. Evaluated temperature profile to determine impact on product quality.


CLARKSON UNIVERSITY, Potsdam, NY 1990-1993

Research Assistant, Technical Advisor, Instructor

Recipient of “The Creativity Award for Graduate Study in Engineering for Women, Minorities, and Disabled Persons” from the National Science Foundation.

  • Worked on proposed “Low Pressure Evaporator” design for production of maple syrup. Completed engineering calculations, computer simulation and built a working prototype.
  • Taught Heat Transfer (ME411), a junior level required course in Mechanical Engineering.


Education & Professional Training:

Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

Associates Degree, Engineering Science, State University of NY at Canton, Canton, NY



High performance work systems

Diversity / Harassment

Program Management

Basics of Manufacturing

Lean Green Belt

Lean White Belt

Six Sigma Black Belt

Six Sigma Green Belt

Six Sigma Champion

ISO Awareness

OSHA Training


Effective Supervisor


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CITEC is a not-for-profit business consulting organization driven by a mission to help the small- and medium-sized enterprises in northern New York to thrive. The depth of our consulting team's expertise and an unbeatable nationwide network of resources will deliver the impacts your business needs to grow strategically, improve profitability, and create the competitive advantages you need.

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