During her career at Praxair Surface Technologies, Patty has held roles with increasing responsibility. She started as a co-operative education student while obtaining a BS Materials Science and Engineering at Purdue University. After achieving her MBA from the University of Indianapolis, she returned to PST as an R&D Engineer focusing on the semiconductor industry. Subsequent positions included Continuous Improvement Engineer in the Advanced Materials and Equipment business, Black Belt focused on business projects, Production Manager of the Powder Manufacturing facility, Financial Analyst for the Industrial Coating Service business, Production Manager of a Coatings Service Facility, and Project Manager for IT projects. She has also worked for Rolls Royce in Indianapolis in Failure Analysis and Project Management.