RECOGNIZING THE FUTURE LEADERS OF MANUFACTURING
For the second year, Manufacturing Engineering is proud to celebrate 30 young people under the age of 30 who have demonstrated exceptional talent and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics-fields that are essential underpinnings to a career in manufacturing. These young people have taken the road less traveled, and we applaud them for it.
As this nation tries to encourage more students to develop their STEM prowess, we at Manufacturing Engineering have learned some valuable lessons in talking to these young students and professionals. Among them: You're not necessarily born with STEM talent-you have to cultivate it.
Several honorÉes said it may not be helpful to treat STEM like one bucket of skills that you have, or don't, because it may discourage some students from a STEM career unnecessarily. For example, some honorÉes said they were good at science but really had to work at math- or vice versa. Some consider themselves more aligned with engineering, which they described as investigating and solving problems. Some said they were more inclined toward technology, good at logic, programming language and coding. Others said they were better with their hands, crafting a vision into reality.
Several honorÉes encouraged other young people to hang in there and not get discouraged by, say, math, if they loved physics and wanted to pursue a career in that direction. Few people are good at all aspects of STEM fields, which is why several honorÉes sang the praises of teamwork, one of the aspects of a STEM career path that they said often goes underappreciated.
"I feel like that's a very overlooked part of engineering school in general, the team player aspect," said
A lover of science,
A friend had mentioned that the industrial engineering program "had a good camaraderie" of students, which appealed to Jean, who also had an aptitude for fixing things. As it turned out, industrial engineering was a good fit. "I found that I understood a lot of it and it made sense to me from both a technical and business perspective," Jean said.
She wished somebody had told her years ago how important people skills are to being successful in engineering. "I feel like that's a very overlooked part of most engineering schools in general, the team player aspect," Jean said.
Since 2010, Jean has been a manufacturing engineer at
People, she said, have a lot of misconceptions about what engineers do. "It's definitely not all about math aptitude, at least from what I've seen," she said.
Jean said that one of the things she loves best about her job is solving problems. For example, she noticed that inspection reports on a boring operation on a 2-inch pad of titanium for the 747-8 Landing Gear Beams were consistently off by a certain degree, forcing the drilled holes out of tolerance. She did her own research and analysis and came up with a fix. In addition to making her proud, the fix saved
"I like being able to work with the cross-functional teams, people of different disciplines.There is a very high level of interaction with others. It forces you to look at the bigger picture of things."
At 19 years old, Selin Sirinterlikci has already mastered time management, which was necessary in order to achieve all of her academic successes, not to mention her sports accomplishments.
"I get involved in everything I am interested in," Selin explained. "My parents encouraged me to pursue whatever I was interested in, to try it out."
Selin said her leanings toward math, science and engineering were evident from a very young age. But it was a chance encounter with an astronaut, the late
"I gained as much exposure to the field as possible," Selin said. "I learned AutoCAD design software and the proper operation of a 3D printer to compete in the Toy Challenge Nationals in my middle school years, an event that I found highly worthwhile and educational about product design and manufacturing."
She participated in the toy challenge in both fifth and sixth grade. "Being able to do that at a young age exposed me to the field and made me more interested, she said.
Her father, an engineer, also was encouraging. "I spent a good amount of time in his lab as a kid, so I was able to see things firsthand," she said. "I was able to talk to him about it."
"Selin is truly an outstanding young woman. She excels in the classroom, as a leader in our school and in our community," wrote
Today, Selin is a freshman at
She's very excited about several computer programming courses she's taken, which have educated her in Python and C Programming Language.
While Selin said it's difficult to determine where her academic career might take her-she's interested in so many topics-her Toy Challenge experience has left its imprint. "I definitely enjoy the hands-on," she said. "Physically developing the products-I find that to be very rewarding. You can't have strong products without a strong development and revision process."
She has some advice for others interested in pursuing a path in science, technology, engineering and math: "Perseverance and dedication are very important," she said. ""l think persistence is one of the more important qualities someone can have."
She also thinks that people may not realize how much teamwork goes into STEM career fields. "I would say that working with my robotics team was one of the most rewarding experiences." ME
"I definitely enjoy the honds-on. Physically developing the products.'
Engineering today comes with social responsibilities to make the world a better place, and
From a young age, Kelly was always drawn to science, a fact that was partly influenced by the fact both her parents work in the Engineering Telecommunications industry. "Science began as a fun hobby when I was little; it then grew to a lifelong passion," she told Manufacturing Engineering.
As a 12-year-old, Kelly stood out among her peers as an enthusiastic learner and natural leader, said
In both the 7th and 8th grade, Kelly attended the "Girls Adventure in Math Science and Engineering Camp" at the
When she was 15, Kelly received the Girl Scout Gold Award, a rare honor for someone that age, through her volunteering for the "Women in Need Growing Stronger" program, which supports victims of domestic violence. Kelly had decided to build a large sustainable vegetable garden to help provide families with healthy food. The project required a great deal of planning, in terms of produce selection and in creating a large scale garden that could be easily managed. "The garden still stands and is being used to provide produce to many homes throughout the Chicagoland area," Kamath wrote.
While in high school, Kelly also was selected to enroll in the Project Lead the Way Engineering Program. Initially, she was hesitant about participating. "I was one of four girls out of 40 students," she explained. But she noted that "engineering forces you to work with one another to solve problems." Ultimately, she said, the program ended up being a "blast" because "we were given numerous design challenges that helped develop our creative engineering skills."
In the summer of 2013, Kelly participated in a co-op program at
But Kelly's dedication doesn't stop there.
As a member of the
"Science began as a fun hobby when I was little; it then grew to a lifelong passion"
General Dynamics NASSCO
Eric, who started in the Professional Development Program at
Among the challenges: converting traditional vessel designs to a dual-fueled propulsion system with LNG. Eric explained that LNG is stored at about -260° Fahrenheit, and the cryogenic liquid must be converted into a gas that can be used in the engine.
"It's really unique in that this is the first and largest LNG-powered vessel of its kind," said Eric, who believes that "we're just starting to tap the potential" of LNG when it comes to displacing traditionally powered engine systems.
This isn't the kind of work that Eric saw himself doing when he started his path toward engineering. "I thought I would design cars or be an architect," he said.
"I've always been interested in math and science," explained Eric, whose mother manages civil engineering projects and whose father is an IT manager. "I never really thought of doing anything else."
Eric was attracted to the
While Eric confesses a natural inclination toward math, science and problem-solving, he said he still had to work at his studies in college. "
But failure was never an option for Eric, who is also a Lieutenant in the Navy Reserve and, at the time of his interview, had just returned from reserve duty in
Eric said working on ships is very exciting, even though the process can take years. "Every day there's always a new challenge," he said. And in the end, "you get to see your concepts take shape and become massive, operational vessels." ME
"Eric's ability to comprehend and construct the complex mechanical and electronic systems onboard these ships makes his skill set unique and invaluable."
But ask Jonathan, 27, why he's so successful, and at first he talks about others-his great colleagues and mentors. "I do work hard," he said, adding: "And it's something I want: to be successful."
Jonathan said he also watched how his dad ran the family construction business and adopted the elder Grocott's work ethic-seeing things through to completion, being fully engaged in processes, communicating with others, and encouraging everyone to work toward the same goal.
The goal for the project team Jonathan was on with Genord was to develop a best-in-industry composite wing skin fabrication system for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This involved research, development, implementation and production hardening of software, hardware and the corresponding processes, Genord explained.
Jonathan, who's keenly interested in robotics and automation, said he considered himself blessed "to get on such a technically challenging project very early on."
He obviously exceeded the challenge.
"Jonathan has already left such a large impact on high volume composite part lamination," Genord wrote. "He has directly impacted the design, functionality and efficiency of both the hardware and software used to apply composite tape which have and will enable
"Without knowing Jonathan's background of recently coming out of school you would have thought he had been in industry for at least 10 years," Genord wrote in his nomination.
Jonathan provided numerical control programming support to the team, including drafting implementation plans for improvements in production. That's where his leadership skills really shone. "He quickly brainstorms and itemizes tasks to be performed, contacts the impacted team members and subject matter experts for input and concurrence, and works with the project manager to capture the details into a formal project plan," Genord said.
"Manufacturing engineering really has the most diverse opportunities," he said. "Everything has to be made, everything has to be manufactured, so you have a lot of options." ME
"Without knowing Jonathan's background of recently coming out of school you would have thought he had been in industry for at least 10 years."
Raw Iron Choppers
When a casting producer for the Discovery Channel's #BikerLive custom motorcyclebuilding competition watched chopper fabricator
The producer couldn't believe he was talking to a 23-year-old, because he assumed someone with that much experience would be a lot older. And Jesse, president and owner of Raw Iron Choppers, who's since turned 24, couldn't believe what he was hearing: "To be honest, I actually thought it was a prank phone call from a few of my buddies."
But this was no joke. He answered yes, of course, prompted by his desire to promote blue-collar welding and to inspire the next generation of welders. The segment featuring Jesse and his team building a 1940s style bike aired in June.
Building a bike from scratch for the TV crew took five weeks instead of the typical half-year, resulting in a very crunchy production schedule that forced him to delay his planned graduation with a combined associate's degree in industrial welding technology and mechanical engineering.
"It was a hard decision with being only two classes away, but sometimes you must put 110% energy and focus into other areas," Jesse says.
Because Jesse teaches welding at the same school he attends,
"We're pretty much slammed with work constantly," he says of Raw Iron.
But his big workload hasn't harmed the quality of his craft, according to one of his professional peers.
Weaving traditional educational experiences with hands-on knowledge from a number of sources, it's clear that Jesse is fast becoming a success in a field that merges technology, art, design and specific metalworking skills."
Part of Jesse's success stems from the thorough training to which Coleman refers. He's accumulated 11
In addition to his head-turning motorcycle metal work, he's had jobs ranging from making iron staircases and multistory fire escapes to non-disclosure projects for aerospace and nuclear energy clients. "We still do nuclear, but aerospace is really big," Jesse says.
His talent and skills have earned Jesse awards usually won by much older, more experienced welders. He placed 15th out of 50 in the
How is he so successful?
"It's about being creative, different, and doing what you love," says this young entrepreneur. ME
We're pretty much slammed with work constantly"
Not only did Sonja hold her own in the meeting at Harvey Tool,
No surprise then that Sonja's nickname at work is E.F.
Sonja, 26, was hired at Harvey Tool as a trainee for the technical sales staff that promotes its specialty carbide end mills and cutting tools for the metalworking industry. Part of her training was to spend time in different departments to learn the.business; inspection, quality control, technical customer support, special quoting, and new product development. Her knowledge grew quickly, and she was soon asked to teach a technical training course for company employees.
It was when Sonja worked in new product development that she found her niche. With her good grasp of the product line and her ability to positively interact with customers, she joined the team, and has since been promoted to manager of two other employees.
"Sonja's skills and work ethic resulted in her early promotion to manager at the age of 25," says Harvey President
Since Sonja became a member of the New Product Development Team in 2012, the number of new tools launched each year has increased from 800 to up to 2,000. A bullet on her resume says Sonja identifies potential new product lines, and it's hard to get her to claim individual credit, but when pressed she admits to designing a new, longer-lasting threading tool for the difficuIt-to-mill hardened steel.
Her success at
She interned at
Her interest in the biomedical field stems from her dad, a software engineer for biomedical applications. Her mom's a math teacher. "We did square roots at the dinner table," Sonja says.
In addition to her math and engineering skills, Sonja has an "uncanny ability to process and retain information," Jenkins wrote in her 30 Under 30 nomination.
"You never have to tell her something twice," says
We did square roots at the dinner table."
"I remember, gosh, when I was probably 7 or 8 my dad used to take me and my brothers to a building at
She's following in her parents' footsteps by majoring in mechanical engineering, with a minor in German. Rebecca was an exchange student in
The same summer Rebecca was an exchange student, she did an internship at the
"For (admission to)
Rebecca isn't 100% nerdy, however. After all, she grew up in
"The people there are very intense about football," she said. "In fact, the population triples on game day."
The focus on football in her hometown also gives Rebecca an analogy for her love of science and math, which she said matches the fervor of the Tigers' fans.
Growing up in a college town also made for some pretty smart classmates, but that allowed her to soar, not blend into the woodwork.
"It is typical for 20% or more of my AP (advanced placement) class to have parents with doctoral degrees in some form of math or science," wrote
She stood out in another way as well. Like her
"In this respect, she was somewhat unusual," wrote DuBose. "As many of our top students are so competitive that they are unwilling to help their peers."
Rebecca plans to earn a master's degree in mechanical engineering, and possibly a doctorate so she can teach at the university level like her dad. Either way, her mother's story has inspired a desire in Rebecca to continue to help others learn.
"I enjoy helping others both because it helps me learn and because I really enjoy helping others make sense of things," she said. "And seeing it on their faces when the concept 'clicks' with them." ME
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Caterpillar Undercarriage Business Unit
About the time that
Prior to his experience at
Once in the program, Travis held various roles such as Facility Engineer, Section Manager in Operations, and finally as a Logistics Planning Analyst at various facilities within the Caterpillar Business units. "The insight gained from this cross functional experience allows one to make decisions that are not only good from an engineering perspective, but also good from a business perspective," he said.
His final rotational role as a Logistics Planning Analyst in the professional program led to a permanent Manufacturing Engineer position in the Technical Services group for the Undercarriage Business Unit. In this role, Travis executed lean manufacturing concepts as he has integrated AndÓn systems throughout the facility and enabled monitoring of equipment effectiveness (OEE) through development and integration of Statuswatch.
In his current role as Manufacturing Project Engineer at
Travis has led the manufacturing engineers in the conversion of a legacy IBM ERP system's data to a current SAP platform. The scope of the conversion involved a master data plan that could support the way the subcontracting business and cell level manufacturing systems have evolved over the years. The conversion was executed successfully with 100% Routing and Bill of Material accuracy to support the operation in the new ERP system.
Travis is currently leading a project with the goal of radically reforming supply chain planning in a component facility that operates in SAP through a combination of demand management practices, strategic managed inventory, and heijunka planning. A pilot is underway which will deliver a template for development into an enterprise level solution to support a stable supply chain for a component value stream with volatile demand, while reducing enterprise inventory. Travis recently completed a Six Sigma Black Belt curriculum within
"There's a wealth of knowledge to be gained, giving us valuable insights into what I call the real operation of the machines."
He is the co-founder and director of manufacturing at a start-up company and leads the company's product development for rapid prototyping, material selection, material research and development, incorporation of advanced manufacturing technologies, and plastics mold design. The start-up, which received the VentureStart grant from the Research & Innovation Commercialization Centre -
Ali graduated with High Distinction with an Honours B.S. in Environmental Chemistry and a minor in Economics from the
Ali has been awarded a number of grants including a challenge grant from the Canadian government aimed at addressing health-related problems in third world countries. The proposal is aimed at developing a fieldcapable device based on the mobile phone that would overcome the difficulty of field-diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) in third world countries where sophisticated equipment and electric power are typically not available.
Ali has two patents and ten technical publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His scientific contributions have received academic and industrial recognition.
In 2013, Ali received the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship. In 2012, Ali was awarded the
Ali, as a graduate assistant, has been active in the academic life of the university. He has supervised six summer research students who came from countries across the globe.
He served as a judge at the
"A great idea that can't be produced and scaled up economically will fail. The reason I pursued manufacturing engineering was to develop insights that will facilitate commercialization of scientific breakthroughs."
Patrick started at the Caterpillar Decatur facility as an operations supervisor at 22 with responsibility for leading hourly employees in achieving their safety, quality, and cost and throughput requirements. Patrick made immediate improvements to the Lower Power Train production areas through his ability to lead and motivate his employees. While in
At the Caterpillar Joliet facility Pat managed the Heat Treat production line. During the first year in his role, Patrick yielded positive improvements in an
Following his first year at the
In the previous two years, Patrick managed through an employee work stoppage that lasted three months and three rounds of reduction in the workforce. Although unfortunate, these experiences helped Patrick grow as a leader and demonstrated his ability to withstand pressure and make difficult decisions.
Because of his excellent communication and presentation style, Patrick was asked to deliver training to key leaders on the shop floor about 5S and lean manufacturing principles. This demonstrated how 5S makes the jobs on the shop floor safer and more productive.
As of this year Patrick has transitioned into a Six Sigma Black Belt role. In this role Patrick is currently involved in a project aimed at optimizing gas and power usage throughout the plant. If successful, it could serve as a model for other
Patrick believes in giving back to the community and is an active member of the Caterpillar Joliet Women's Initiative Network (WIN). As a member, Patrick organized various activities to raise money for tornado victims in
"I learned to first show respect before trying to gain respect. It has given me a strong foundation for which my career is built upon."
The future is bright with opportunity for recent engineering graduates who have demonstrated leadership.
A second pivotal moment was learning about the possibilities of internships during her Junior and Senior years. "While I love engineering, I also love working with people so an internship in an operations management position seemed like a great opportunity for me. With persistence, I was able to make contact with the
In her second MECOP internship with
Olivia's positive influence during her college career has led to being recognized by students and faculty for her leadership. Over the past two years, Olivia has stepped into her roles as OSU SME Chair and Chair Elect with responsibility for organizing meetings and recent elections, assisting in industry tours, and coordinating mock interviews with industry for OSU students.
Olivia has been recognized for her academic achievements, having received the SME Directors Scholarship (2013), the SME Future Leaders of Manufacturing Scholarship, and the SME Myrtle & Earl Walker Scholarship in 2012.
Having excelled academically at OSU, where she carried an overall 3.79 GPA, Olivia was initiated into the Tau Beta Pi and
In June, Olivia began work as an operations manager at
"While I love engineering, I also love working with people so the internship seemed like a great opportunity for me.'
Sattler Machine Products
Adam was nominated for the 30 Linder 30 honor by
Adam's interest in working with machines began with exposure to his father's woodworking and carpentry. For the last two years of high school, Adam chose to go to the Medina (OH) Career center where he spent two and a half hours a day in the shop learning to run a
Adam was particularly motivated by his getting a 1996 Chevrolet S10 truck when he was sixteen and a half. "I wanted to make some pretty cool stuff for the truck rather than buying it. I painted the truck and lowered it, and last winter I got an aluminum block 5.3 V8. Then I tore the motor back out and boosted it up to 450 hp."
Typically, the NTMA apprenticeship has two or three Tooling U online classes a week: for example, two classes on controllers for a mill and lathe, a Maxi lathe or mill, or a Haas lathe or mill.
"Tooling U Classes covered machining different materials including plastics, steels, and other metals. Then we'll do a materials part in plastic, in different metals, steels and how they're made and their chemical makeup," said Adam.
During his senior year, Adam was pretty much on his own in learning CNC. His teacher was an experienced manual machine operator, so they worked together on learning the CNC ropes. Adam read everything he could about CNC and eventually his teacher said that he was good enough to win the nationals, which he did as well as winning state and regional machining skills competitions.
"The time that I spent learning CNC from the ground up paid off in the competition, and I was able to use that knowledge to my advantage," Adam said.
Adam's future plans, after finishing his apprenticeship, of course, are to become more involved with designing parts with emphasis on their manufacturability.
Recently, Adam had the opportunity to see the "American Made" movie. A local shop, Automation Tool & Die, sponsored showing the movie, which is a documentary about two small American businesses and how they moved forward and how consumers, business owners, and government can cooperate to bring business back to the US.
Adam returns to his high school regularly where he serves as a part of the school's advisory council. He is involved in touring the shop and offering advice on how to make the class better. He also talks to students about the opportunities for good paying jobs and the bright future that a career in manufacturing can offer them. He tells them that they can look forward to good paying jobs in environments that aren't anything like the negative image that has been portrayed about manufacturing.
'The time that I spent learning CNC from the ground up paid off in the competition, and I was able to use that knowledge to my advantage."
Some people are born to manufacturing; others-such as
"He unceremoniously woke me up one day during summer vacation and drove me over to
In total, Anthony spent 13 years working there, fitting it in around his studies from junior high all the way through college. He held several positions-from laborer to IT and process improvement, earning a reputation for being a "fixer." A self-proclaimed "tech geek at heart," he was constantly finding ways to augment the features of company's ERP system. He tweaked the system so that it was able to monitor capacity and productivity, doubling shipments to
Anthony's happiest success at RLM was transforming the company's least profitable division into one of the most successful in record time. And by doing so, he was able to save jobs in what's been a tough
Here's how it happened. RLM had a full-scale tooling department on site so that tools could be made quickly and at a low cost for customers, but when the overstaffed department was deemed a liability, it was Anthony who was tapped to reduce it to a single machine and toolmaker.
He got the team to work immediately. Instead of shutting the department down, he was able to move it from a loss leader to a profit sanctuary in under six months and even add a second shift.
That anecdote comes from
"Anthony is an example of what manufacturing represents," Teer concluded: "Innovation, hard work, creativity and determination; quietly working behind the scenes to make things better, faster and stronger." She, like Anthony himself, is grateful for what his dad got started on that warm summer morning in
"Anthony is an example of what manufacturing represents: Innovation, hard work, creativity and determination
Medtronic Spinal and Biologies
That seed is in full bloom now at Medtronic Spinal and Biologies, where Natalie has worked for seven years-as a quality engineer and, more recently, as Technical Supervisor of Metrology.
This facility manufactures spinal implants and instruments for the medical device industry-titanium, stainless steel, and cobalt chrome devices. It's a very fast-paced manufacturing environment. Natalie has "consistently performed at a high level" here, thanks to her "strong technical skills and her ability to communicate with others," said her supervisor, Senior Quality Engineering Manager
"Last year, Natalie worked on a project to bring LALendotoxin-testing in house. She purchased an LAL test machine so that we could perform the testing in house" instead of having an outside lab do it, Tracy explained. Natalie trained employees and wrote the work instruction on how to use the equipment and how to review the test results. The result: "A cost saving of
Natalie is the SWE-Society for Women Engineerssite lead for the
Natalie, who is also currently pursuing a Masters in the Biomedical Engineering program at
"It's not just making the parts. There's so much support that goes along with that. You get so many opportunities to problem-solve. And occasionally you get those days where you actually get to see the impact that your product makes," she said."Those are the best days."
As an example, she offers something that happened when she was a quality engineer responsible for the facility's spinal rod product, which is mainly used for treating scoliosis. She was showing a tour group of high school students the shotpeening process: how variously sized rods are shot peened.
"A student asked if we also make the larger rods, and I said yes, we also make the longer, 500-mm rods," she remembers. "And he said, 'Oh! I have those!' I said, what do you mean? He said, "Yeah, I had my surgery about a year ago and I have
"To see this boy standing there, standing straight, and to think that I might have held those same rods in my hand at one point in time-I can't describe the feeling. It was amazing." ME
''Occasionally you get those days where you get to see the impact that your product makes.Those are the best days."
"As long as can rememher I have always had an interest in how things were made," says
"My dad raced cars and was always building or working on a car," Brad remembered. "The very first engine he ever built was a VW engine, so he had me do the same thing. I remember cleaning parts in a pan of gasolinethis was when gas was cheaper-on the floor of the garage. We built the whole thing from the ground up from scratch." Brad's interest in mechanics would grow as he started driving and building race cars at age 12.
During high school Brad took two years of machine trades and competed in the SkillsUSA competition and worked at XLT Engineering as a
Since finishing at Ferris, Brad has spent much of his career working two jobs concurrently. The first is at Star Cutter, a gear hobbing manufacturer based in Tawas, Ml. "Gear hobbing was completely new to me and I loved the challenge of learning a new product," Brad said "Eyen/day has been filled with new challenges and I am able to apply various skill sets that, acquired in college He deals with CNC programming and machining there, along with trying to improve product flow using lean manufacturing principles.
The second job is as an instructor at
For a person who grew up building engines in a garage, there are benefits in teaching old-fashioned manual machining, even after a full day in a modern factory. "Nothing beats turning the handle of a
"It is too easy to get caught up in the fast-paced CNC-driven world-sometimes you need to revert back to the basics before you can try to improve forward. Watching the chips fly off and adjusting the RPM as needed manually is a nice way to make sure that you never forget where it all started."
Nothing beats turning the handle of a
San Louis Obispo, CA
Others learned to listen as well. Morgan graduated high school after achieving a 4.2 GPA in AP and honors-level courses, leading her field hockey team as captain, and earning a Black Belt in karate. She is now a college freshman studying aerospace engineering at
That first summer class got her involved with the Eagle Engineering Robotics team-. She has managed to qualify for the VEX Robotics World Championship-an annual competition of over 600 top robotics teams from around the world-every year since 2008. And she has done more than compete, becoming in effect a goodwill ambassador for robotics, engineering and STEM education both in the US and abroad. As SME-EF told us when recommending Morgan for recognition, "Morgan has traveled to
When asked about her travels, Morgan said that the experience has been "mindboggling, especially places like
Morgan has no doubt as to how she wants to put her education and experiences to work after she graduates: She looks to the stars. Years ago she visited the
Morgan's early champion, teacher
"I became addicted to the thrill of working with others to create a solution to a complex problem."
"I've always been fascinated by huge maI I with them, making them, I trying to figure them out. I'd decided to be I a mechanical engineer,'' said
"Throughout his career, Dr. Helu has been a talented and extremely motivated researcher who has consistently been a leader in many of our group's activities," wrote Moneer's supervisor, LMAS Director
Moneer's PhD thesis research analyzed the link between manufacturing process operations and precision and the environmental impacts, energy, and material and resource utilization of a product over its entire life cycle. His most recent research involves developing data-driven tools for manufacturing. He has already authored or co-authored four peer-reviewed journal articles, seven peer-reviewed articles in proceedings/ symposia; and chapters in two textbooks, as well as given numerous presentations.
Not a slouch, then. But if you're tempted to think that this is a fellow for whom everything comes easily, you might be surprised to know that an event that helped to lead Moneer toward manufacturing engineering was a decided failure.
"While at MIT I took a course in design and mechanisms, and a nice component of the course is that the final deliverable required is a robot that you make-a robot that's supposed to accomplish a particular task," Moneer explained. "At the end of the semester there's a big competition. And throughout the entire semester you're continually iterating the design of this robot to achieve this one task and, hopefully, win the competition. It was really a fun class and it allowed me to explore the machine shop.
"I didn't do well in the actual competition," Moneer admitted, laughing: "I lost in the first round. One of my mechanisms, which had been working continuously up until that point, decided not to work. My robot suddenly wasn't able to lift an object high enough to compete with its adversaries. It was pitiful! But the whole thing really was a great experience. It opened my eyes to the machine shop and the different things you could do in manufacturing."
Moneer hopes that the eyes of other young people can get opened to the modern world of manufacturing. "People still think of it as drudgery. They don't realize the types of skills that are used and positions that are vastly available in manufacturing these days," he said. "Manufacturing engineers call up different technologies to improve systems and make cooler products-from turbine blades for a jet engine to biomedical devices. Machinists are always making something new, always figuring out interesting, clever ways to, say, fabricate a particularly challenging geometry. To think of manufacturing as still some person on a line screwing in the same screw over and over every day-that's just not accurate anymore."
Moneer has recently accepted a position with the
"To think of manufacturing as still some person on a line screwing in the same screw over and over every daythat's just not accurate anymore."
Workshops for Warriors
As a member of the
A native of
"I always knew I wanted to be an engineer," said Filler, who initially worked on manual
After his honorable discharge from the Marines, Filler quickly earned his stripes at Workshop for Warriors.
"Paul proved to be an excellent machinist and distinguished himself among his peers," noted HernÁn
Within three months, Workshops for Warriors was accredited through the
Today, Filler performs multiple roles, as one of the two instructors at Workshops for Warriors and head of the
At the Workshop for Warriors facility, approximately 30,000 ft2 is allocated to the machining area, where various machine tools help US veterans find a place in the manufacturing industry. The latest machine at WFW is a new
In his current role, Filler finds a lot of gratification in teaching the machinist trade to his fellow veterans. "I noticed that a lot of guys when they come out, they don't have a plan. As long as you want to learn, you can do it," Filler said. "For a lot of them, it gives them a purpose, and it's real rewarding to go out and help people be able to find good jobs in the manufacturing industry." ME
"Manual machining is a great way to leam the fundamentals of everything."
Hands-on from an early age,
Neumann, who just turned 19, is now working as a mechatronics technical apprentice for
"Young adults such as Rebekka are the future of our industry and prove that there is a place for highly skilled talent in manufacturing," said
Already proficient in AutoCAD, as well as fluent in German and conversational in Spanish, Neumann is still eager to learn as much as she can about how machines work, and howto build and repair them, noted Kilgore.
"Rebekka is worthy of this nomination because young adults like her are essential to filling the growing skills gap in manufacturing," Kilgore added.
In high school, Neumann took a class to learn AutoCAD and also became proficient using the Autodesk Inventor design program. Her father works as an engineer in automotive, designing lighting products for
"My dad's an engineer and I've always been leaning toward that," Neumann said. "I only joined the robotics team in my senior year because I didn't know about it before that. Once I did, that really changed everything."
Her hands-on work also includes pitching in with working on home remodeling projects for her family's business. She and her younger brother have worked with her parents on refurbishing homes, doing work including carpentry, electrical, and plumbing.
For the future, Neumann's working toward establishing herself in a technical career, learning mechatronics at
"Young adults such as Rebekka are the future of our industry and prove that there is a place for highly skilled talent in manufacturing,"
From the time he first tinkered with his grandparents' go-kart at age ten,
Osborn today works as a product engineer at
"At just 26 years old, Andrew already has a quite impressive manufacturing career," said
While four product engineers typically work within each grinding division, "Andrew is a 'one man band' who carries out all of the major responsibilities of his division," Neckel said, working with customers to increase their understanding of grinding technology.
Prior to hiring Andrew, the UG team was highly impressed with the work he did for his previous employers, Neckel said, especially his performance in the design and production of automotive ball joints, tie rods and control arms for aftermarket customers. "He handled the entire design and engineering process for this new product program from start to finish," Neckel said. "Such a feat requires someone who is highly organized and has an extraordinary multifaceted skill set-and this describes Andrew to a tee."
Osborn honed his passion for manufacturing in college, noted Neckel, adding key skills including advanced working knowledge of welding, CNC machine tools, CNC programming and a slew of other technical skills started while studying mechanical engineering at
For his senior capstone project at
As for the future, Osborn's excited to continue building UG's internal cylindrical grinding business, where he works with teams in
"He is a shining example of what it means to be talented engineer and an excellent role model for encouraging a career in manufacturing."
An experienced welder and fabricator, Thomas J. ("TJ") Swistro, 30, recalls always being intrigued with making, fabricating and customizing products. After working as a welder to help pay his way through college, Swistro earned his BS degree in Industrial Technology at
Today, Swistro is a manufacturing engineer for ebmpapst Inc., where he designs and develops custom tooling and fixtures for production at the manufacturer of electric fans and air movers. "Being able to make something totally new and unique or modify an existing item to increase its ability or efficiency has always been something I innately gravitate towards," Swistro said. "The idea that someone is willing to pay for a product that I had a part in creating is pretty awesome!"
While in college, Swistro's experience as a welderfabricator helped hone many of the hands-on skills he possesses, he said. "These skills combined with the theoretical knowledge I learned in school give me the ability to recognize problems and quickly and efficiently generate 'real-world' solutions for these issues. In my current role as a Manufacturing Engineer, this ability is crucial to maintain production quality, meet deadlines and provide a solution for the customer."
Swistro's hard work and dedication drew raves from ebm-papst Director of Operations
Swistro championed two of ebm-papst's primary production processes-deep drawing of large inlet cones and robotic welding of aluminum wheels, he noted, and has worked diligently to design and organize many new custom tool sets for the deep drawing process. "With each new one, we are able to in-source a new part and save considerable part costs and reduce part lead time. With our robotic welding cell, TJ was able to come up with a completely unique strategy for clamping and holding parts during the welding process to reduce and correct part variations."
Swistro has taken a rigorous class in welding inspection, Ladegard added, furthering his abilities and credentials, and passed a certification test to become a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI).
Swistro sees lots of potential for the industry. "I like the new technology that is developing. Fiber lasers, 3D printers and robotics are an example of how things that weren't possible yesterday are now possible today," he said. "The ability to make complex parts, especially at a production level, is becoming more viable every day.
"I feel very lucky to have the career that I have and to be a part of the team here at ebm-papst," Swistro added. "I plan to use that higher-level business education to secure a managerial role at ebm-papst...This will allow me to have in-depth knowledge of all the different aspects of a business while still using my engineering skill set to meet real world demands." ME
"The idea that someone is willing to pay for a product that I had a part in creating is pretty awesome!
A certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt,
''The college I went to definitely shaped me to become as successful as I have," Leone said. ''They have a unique engineering program that not only stresses academics but also hands-on application as well." The knowledge of engineering tools and functions made
While in college, Leone worked at the premium travel trailer manufacturer Airstream conducting lean manufacturing events and doing time studies as well as creating detailed CAD layouts for modifying plant layouts and other projects. As a contractor at Health-Mor, he did more CAD work and participated in a 5S lean event to optimize warehouse distribution, as well as other projects. Leone also worked as an engineering technology contractor for
Leone recalls being attracted early on by the prospect of building, fixing and assembling products. "As a kid I loved to build models, play with Legos, and help repair things when they broke," he said. "Later in life that translated over to building fixtures for the machines I work on or fix."
His work impresses both peers and colleagues, like
Becoming a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt at a young age, Leone "leads and trains five other associates at Stanadyne by the example of a great work ethic and takes on all challenges," Rowley said, noting his involvement on the Engineering Change Board. "He has expanded his role at Stanadyne to include not only all aspects of grinding, but parts washing and industrial chemicals used at the plant."
Leone said the diversity of experiences really prepared him for the challenges of manufacturing. "What I like the most about the manufacturing field so far is the ability to create, fabricate, and assemble many different things that eventually are used in society," he added.
In his current position, Leone said he likes being responsible for multiple machines, assisting multiple operators, and always looking for new ways to improve the current process.
"I work with many amazing people who help me with my projects because I am always there to help them when they need something," he said. "The working relationship with my operators is what truly makes implementing an improvement a lot smoother. With their help I am able to modify their machine, process, or work area to increase their productivity and quality."
Leone hopes to acquire his Six Sigma Black Belt and ASQ certification in the future, and eventually become a manufacturing manager or a plant manager. ME
"As a kid I loved to build models, play with Legos, and help repair things when they broke."
For some 30 Under 30 honorÉes, the path to their degree or career wasn't always clear. After graduating from her alternative high school with honors at 16,
In high school, she had shown real potential in math and science and wanted to pursue an advanced degree, but she wasn't sure what she wanted to study. After spending a year at a community college, Harper decided to pursue mechanical engineering and transferred to
"I see mechanical engineering as a very open field, and I wanted a more general engineering degree that would lead me to either design or to being more hands-on," she said. "It's given me more options for what I could do with my degree in a career setting."
She was encouraged by
As part ofthat involvement, Harper is a library student assistant at WSU. This past academic year, she was an undergraduate research assistant with Dr.
"I was really excited when he approached me about the position," Harper said. "It really made me want to be more hands-on in my studies."
The 2013 academic year also had Harper working with her school's
The project also reinforced Harper's desire to study mechanical engineering. She sees it as a way of understanding various engineering processes, which she says is necessary no matter what field she ends up in.
"I designed this machine, but the result is nothing like what I designed," she said. "I think that's going to happen across the board in engineering, so I think understanding the manufacturing process is key."
In addition to the
"Harper is a down-to-earth, hardworking and humble young woman who has shown great strides in advancing herself and others while being involved in the field of her studies."
Most people, she said, never graduated from high school and typically worked in retail or the service industry. Today, she works to make sure that all students, especially those from low-income areas, know they have the power to be anything they want to be.
"There's nothing wrong with those jobs," Kanesha said. "But I think it's important to know that you have options, that college is indeed an option."
Kanesha cites her local chapter of the
Kanesha chose to major in industrial and systems engineering because it combined engineering with the business aspects of the field. "I love engineering, but I also wanted to be business-sawy, so I chose a major where I could have the best of both worlds," she told Manufacturing Engineering.
Before she even began classes at the
As a member of MEP, which provides academic services for minority students pursuing engineering degrees, Kanesha currently works in the office as a student assistant and tutor coordinator, where many parents of her classmates comment on her knowledge and willingness to help. She previously tutored students in calculus, chemistry, and other industrial engineering courses. "Kanesha is a model tutor and student," wrote
In addition to the MEP, Kanesha mentors students at a local elementary school and volunteers weekly at the
For Kanesha, volunteering is a labor of love. "I'm committed to helping others, no matter what it takes," she said.
Kanesha is also a member of several organizations, including
This summer, Kanesha has a supply chain management internship with Flalliburton. She plans to finish her last semester at
I think it's important to know that you have options, that college is an option."
For most students, education goes beyond the classroom. For
"He always stays very late in the lab and comes to the lab over the weekends," wrote Dr.
Brian belongs to a research group overseen by Dr. Huang at
Over the last academic year, Brian has made progress in understanding machining theory and applying ionic liquid-based minimum quality lubrication to improve the cutting performance of commercially pure titanium, Dr. Huang explained. The goal of the project was to cut costs, which Brian achieved by using a lubricant additive mixture instead of a pure lubricant. A report on Brian's findings has been submitted to Wear, an international journal on the science and technology of friction, lubrication and wear, for publication review.
Dr. Huang praised Brian's willingness to learn, pointing to his dedication to understanding ionic liquids. "Brian overcame the barrier in picking up his chemistry knowledge and successfully mastered the nature of ionic liquids through intensive reading."
But Brian is not satisfied with making contributions only in machining-he's interested in cutting costs for all manufacturing sectors. His current research project aims to address some critical machining challenges related to direct metal deposition (DMD) titanium alloy parts, which may eventually help enable broader adoption of 3D metal printing. This topic reflects his broader research goal of studying material behaviors related to the development of manufacturing processes.
Brian is also the safety officer of his research group. He maintains the laboratory and materials safety manuals, arranges laboratory renovations, and trains others on the lab's five-axis
"I really am blessed to have Brian be my student," Dr. Huang wrote.
When Brian finds free time on the weekends, he works on and races go-karts with his friends. While an undergraduate at the
Brian expects to graduate in 2016. While he doesn't have a definite career in mind, he has a definite objective: to bring about a manufacturing renaissance. As he explained it, "the ultimate goal is to bring the state of manufacturing back to the US so that it's sustainable at a reasonable cost."
"Brian is highly self-motivated and clearly knows his career development plan-to be an entrepreneur in the area of advanced manufacturing and revive US manufacturing competitiveness," Dr. Huang wrote. "I am sure that UF and my group will be proud of his achievements in the future."
"Brian is highly self-motivated and clearly knows his career development plan-to be an entrepreneur in the area of advanced manufacturing and revive US manufacturing competitiveness."
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Unlike most 30 Under 30 honorÉes, when
"As a lead assembly supervisor, I find it very rewarding to help my team succeed and be the best they can be, and to help in any way they may need, to make their job easier," Jennifer said. "I motivate my team by trying to make it fun, exciting and challenging. I also try to always lead by example."
"Jennifer has embraced this new role with extreme passion," wrote
Before working at Allmand, Jennifer had worked as a clerk at a local variety store. When her husband was sent overseas with the
In her nomination letter, Afton wrote that Jennifer bridges the gap between veteran manufacturers and newcomers, and that her enthusiastic leadership style has improved performance on her team. Morale has improved dramatically on Jennifer's team, leading to a decrease in turnover rates and record highs in productivity. Product quality has also increased.
"Her peers describe her as dynamite, driven, consistent, and humble," Afton wrote. "I would describe her as inspirational. Jennifer is a prime example that anyone can be successful with little-to-no experience. Her passion and enthusiasm are contagious."
When not working at Allmand, Jennifer enjoys doing anything that involves a little time outdoorscamping, fishing, gardening, hunting and spending time with her family. She also volunteers with her husband's family readiness group for his National Guard Unit.
As for future career plans, Jennifer says she's content to lead her team and work on the line as needed, but she's keeping an open mind about her future. She encourages those without manufacturing experience or education to follow their dreams.
"Push yourself to be all you can be," Jennifer said. "Never give up on yourself, no matter how frustrating it is. Believe you can do it. I always say the word 'can't' is not in my vocabulary-I can do anything. Work hard towards your goal, even if nobody else believes you can do it." ME
Our customer demands drive her every day and she will do whatever it takes to make things happen."
Choice Mold Components
Sean's path wasn't always clear. Sean's dad, James, is the owner of Choice Mold Components, a shop that specializes in both standard and custom mold and die components. Despite growing up around manufacturing, Sean wasn't sure he wanted to follow suit. He started out at
"It just happens where manufacturing now is very heavily computer-aided, with CAD and CAM and all the programming and all the designing, and I kind of saw that transition," Sean said. "It really just started captivating my attention."
One of Sean's earliest accomplishments had a huge impact on Choice Mold. Initially, the shop was using software that only created 2D prints, and oftentimes, the dimensions would be inaccurate or the math wouldn't add up. For certain custom components with very tight tolerances, particularly for medical applications, this created a huge bottleneck. Dimensions would have to be verified with the customer, parts would be scrapped, and time and money wasted.
Since Sean had a background in computers, he was tasked with researching a solution. He knew the shop need to update its software to a program that could also create 3D models. He chose SolidWorks, and quickly learned and implemented the program. "It actually makes sure that everything is correct. You can't really make an incorrect part."
Once the shop implemented the new process, all of the delays went away-and Sean's dad has him to thank. "When I talked to my dad, he said that he would have never had done this had I not been here," said Sean. Sean's technology takeover didn't stop with SolidWorks, either-he installed GibbsCAM and CAMTOOL, and he updated and improved the entire network infrastructure, including the server that stores all of the shop's data. His next goal is to go wireless, so programs can be placed directly onto a machine.
However, Sean's achievements don't end in the IT department. After Choice Mold invested in a high-end CNC mill several years ago, Sean decided to learn every part of the process. "That was kind of the point where I said if I'm going to be a part of this, I want to know every side of it-all the machining, all the manufacturing, all the designing," said Sean, "so I pretty much just said I'm gonna dive in."
Despite Sean's many accomplishments, he isn't done learning yet. He says there are still processes for him to master at Choice Mold, and he's optimistic about the shop's future and the economy. ME
"It just happens where manufacturing now is very heavily computer-aided, with CAD and CAM and all the programming and all the designing.... It really just started captivating my attention."
As a Territory Productivity Engineer for
Andrew covers the eastern
Despite his diverse resume, Andrew's passion has been engineering since his senior year in high school. He was required to do a semester-long internship, and he chose to work at
That experience compelled Andrew to continue his education at RPI with a major in industrial and management engineering, a field that includes systems engineering, operations management, quality control, manufacturing processes and statistics. His main area of interest became operations, specifically productivity. That path led him to his roles as an IT Operations Manager and Consultant, before leading him back to the engineering industry again.
Now, Andrew's taking the opportunity to not only share his knowledge with customers and coworkers, but to become an ambassador for manufacturing among the next generation. While he was a student at RPI working in the labs, there were two summer programs for high school students who were interested in manufacturing. When Andrew began working at
He's also a big believer in dispelling outdated notions about manufacturing. "I think there's an image about manufacturing today that fits older stereotypes," Andrew said, "and people aren't aware of how high-tech the work that we do is." Part of this change in perception, Andrew feels, needs to happen at the high school level.
"No one says go into trade school and become a machinist," Andrew said, but "there are tons of opportunities. It kind of bothers me that some people don't think that going in as a machinist is a valid occupation choice. Going into a program to become a machinist can provide opportunities comparable to those of someone coming out of engineering school." ME
"I think there's an image about manutacturing today that fits older stereotypes, and people aren't aware of how high-tech the work that we do is."
Workshops for Warriors
After stepping on a pressure plate I ED while serving in
Mike was intrigued. Initially, he planned to stay in the
That decision certainly paid off. Since starting the program in
His next step is to become a certified Machining Instructor. "I've pretty much taken every machining class available," Mike says, "so I'm going to eventually instruct the machining classes. I'd like to instruct the programming class."
But Mike's ambition isn't limited to Workshops for Warriors. He already has his Associate's Degree under his belt, and is currently taking math and CAD classes at
Ultimately, after he receives his degree, he would like to work in the aerospace industry. But for now, he's "taking advantage of the area and all the transition opportunities" for veterans-a group whose skills, he says, he has complete confidence in.
"Being a veteran, I just have a lot of confidence in the ability of veterans," Mike said. "I think sometimes people think that those skills, infantry skills, don't translate to the civilian side, but I really feel that the skills and the character learned there can't be learned anywhere else and that they're valuable and applicable everywhere." ME
"With his hard work, dedication and motivation to learn, he earned over 14 multiple nationally recognized certifcations here at Workshops for Warriors.... He hopes to becoming a machining instructor."
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