This month's spotlight is on Eugenie Khlebnikova (Webster), who has over 16 years of validation experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Not only has she authored articles for the Journal of Validation Technology on topics related to statistical applications, such as her recent article, “Statistics in Sampling by Attributes with Microsoft® Excel®,” Eugenie has led a workshop at one of our flagship events. After reading her excellent article in this month’s Issue of JVT, we wanted to learn more about her.
Can you tell me a little bit about who yourself?
My name is Eugenie Khlebnikova (Webster). I am a process engineer at McNeil Consumer Healthcare, division of Johnson and Johnson.
What attracted you to process engineering?
I started my career as a process engineer supporting the production floor and leading process improvements. Later, I changed my career path to Quality Assurance and Validation. I had been doing validation for most of my career until 2015, when I returned to process engineering. Process engineering is both challenging and exciting, as it involves data analysis and lot of problem solving.
What was your field of study while in college?
I studied chemical engineering at University of Western Ontario and then completed my Masters in Science (Quality Management) at Eastern Michigan University.
What would you consider to be the highlight of your career thus far, and what brought you there?
In general, having a Quality Assurance background helps me to provide better services to manufacturing. I use validation skills in my new role all the time when we introduce changes to equipment or processes. I enjoy sharing my validation knowledge with others through writing articles for Journal of Validation Technology or speaking at validation conferences.
What part of this job do you personally find most satisfying? Most challenging?
I find a lot of satisfaction working on process optimization projects. The most challenging aspect of process engineering in regulatory environment is implementing changes in a timely manner to satisfy a demanding production schedule, without sacrificing quality.
Do you have any advice for someone just starting out in the industry?
To be successful, it is important to continue learning new things, whether it is computer technology, job- specific tasks, or industry trends. Developing a special skill that you excel in is important. These are essential requirements for career development.
We thank Eugenie for allowing us to interview her this month. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter and follow IVT on social media for updates on our next Q&A feature.