Meet the Microban Team: Erin Kochy

From her love of motorcycles to her conversational German, get to know Erin Kochy, Microbiologist at Microban International.

Erin Kochy Headshot

1. How long have you worked at Microban?

I have worked at Microban for about a year.

2. What 3 traits define you?

Detail-oriented, inquisitive, and open-minded.

3. What is one interesting fact about you that people would be surprised to learn?

Many people are surprised to learn that I enjoy riding motorcycles. My husband and brother got me into riding, and now I have a Yamaha R3, a Yamaha R6, and a Vespa GT-200. There is something unmatched about riding down a curvy country road, engaged by only it and the bike, the wind, and the unobstructed view.

In motion EEK

4. Where is the best place you have travelled to and why?

I haven’t travelled much, but my favorite destination so far might be Puerto Rico. My husband and I briefly visited during our honeymoon and got to take an 18-mile bicycle ride through historic San Juan. There was something interesting around every corner, and everyone I met was so friendly. I’d love to go back someday!

5. How do you define success?

Success to me is improving that over which one has control. Leave everything better than you found it, as my father would say. No matter how big or small the task, you succeed every time you progress towards realizing a worthy goal, especially if it improves your life and the lives of others.

6. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

My wishlist is long, but I’d probably have to choose becoming fluent in multiple languages. My German is okay, aber nicht perfekt.

7. What three words would you use to describe Microban International?

Pioneering, collaborative, and supportive.

8. What is your favorite thing about working in the antimicrobial industry?

There is never a dull moment! There are always innovations with materials, antimicrobials, and the test methods we use. Figuring out how to test different antimicrobial applications with a variety of microorganisms, then evaluating those results, is an intricate puzzle I get to help solve every day!

9. If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be?

My mother – she always had the best stories and could make anyone laugh.

10. If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Homemade lasagna with sides of applesauce and dark chocolate peanut butter cups – all my favorites!