Steve Poehlein has been Vice President of Global Technical Operations at Merck & Co., Inc., since 2005 and is responsible for the Technical Operations function at all of Merck Manufacturing's pharmaceutical and chemical supply plants worldwide. He also oversees technical support for external suppliers to Merck of APls, formulated and packaged products providing technical support to process development and manufacturing. For over 22 years, Steve has held a variety of management positions with Merck. Steve became Director of Technical Operations at the Flint River plant and later at the Stonewall, VA, plant, directing engineers and scientists on various projects, including development and start-up of new processes, developmental research, environmental initiatives, factory automation and control, and factory support and troUbleshooting. In 2000, Steve was appointed Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Technical Operations responsible for the formation of a new organization to support manufacturing and packaging of in-line final dosage forms globally. Steve holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.