International Achievement Award

From Castle Point to around the world, Pam Cheng has parlayed the skills she learned at Stevens into a career of international impact.

Ms. Cheng is the Executive Vice President of Global Operations and Information Technology with AstraZeneca, where she guides manufacturing, supply chain, procurement, and IT for one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies. Across 18 countries, she leads a team of over 18,000 in delivering innovative and quality medicines to millions of patients around the world. Ms. Cheng is driving a successful transformation of global operations at AstraZeneca, focusing on building the factory of the future where digital innovation and operational excellence converge.

Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Ms. Cheng spent 18 years with Merck & Co. in ascending roles. She was president of Merck (MSD) China, responsible for sales and marketing, commercial operations, and oversight for manufacturing and research and development. Before that, Ms. Cheng was the Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management and Logistics for the entire Merck enterprise, during which she transformed supply chains across the global network. Earlier in her career, Ms. Cheng excelled in technical and project management roles in technical operations, process, and control engineering at Merck, Universal Oil Products, Union Carbide Corporation, and GAF Chemicals.

In addition to her role at AstraZeneca, Ms. Cheng serves as a non-executive director for Codexis. Inc., an industrial biotechnology company in California. She also serves as an advisor to the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering board of directors. She is a former member of the graduate advisory board at the Rutgers Business School and taught as an adjunct professor for their MBA program.

At Stevens, Ms. Cheng was an active member of the school community. Currently, she serves on the President’s Leadership Council and on the advisory board of the School of Business, and as a proud alumnus, she was thrilled to give the graduate commencement speech in 2016. In addition to her bachelor and graduate degrees in chemical engineering, Ms. Cheng earned an MBA from Pace University in 1998. She is certified as a Six Sigma executive black belt.

Ms. Cheng’s husband, Hong Cheng, earned bachelor and graduate degrees from Stevens in 1993, and their daughter, Briana, will graduate from Stevens with a degree in chemical engineering in 2021. Ms. Cheng also serves on the university’s Parents Council. She treasures spending time with family, traveling to experience different cultures, playing golf, reading, and maintaining an active lifestyle. She is very proud to have checked off a few items on her bucket list, including becoming a taekwondo black belt and running a marathon.