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Expert in Business Strategy, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing, Facility and Factory Design, Product Design

Expert ID: 737705 Minnesota, USA

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Facilitating Solutions and Innovation through Space, Product, and Process Design

Motivated Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Project Lead, and Process Owner known for effective engineering project management using a variety of methods. Skilled in leading the design of product and service offerings and construction of new facilities, factory layouts, and production systems. Facilitates innovation by leveraging design thinking, building collaboration, delivering concrete design success, and supporting the growth of young engineers.

Areas of Expertise
Operational Design | Factory Layouts | Production Systems | Engineering Project Management | Design Build Lean | Kaizen | 5S | Design Thinking | Ethnography | Charette | Applications Engineering | Drafting | Modeling | Product Design | Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing | Employee Training | Teaching | Coaching | Mentoring

Additional Skills
Fluent in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Sketchup, and Microsoft Office products

Consulting Experience:
- Advised and oversaw the DFM and DFA for the original (undisclosed) water bottle an IOT water bottle solution that links to your smartwatch and phone to track water intake to help managing personal hydration. This product was one of the most successful in Kickstarters history with $627,644 pledged of the $35,000 goal. Has over 6000 five-star reviews on Amazon and logged over 1 billion “sip” data points and has been featured on Amazon must have lists, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Womans Health, and Mens Health magazines.
- Lead a team of 3 Engineers on a whirlwind 2-month design charette involving a joint venture between the University of Minnesota and Manhattan Toy, During this time, Expert established not only and first in company history dedicated engineering team but also a brand new prototyping lab space, designed, prototyped and provided costing information for a new line of accessories for their Motor Works line. This project came in on time and 66% under budget.
- During this companies founding years, Expert advised on prototype DFM, DFA, and materials selection for their Boosted V1 and V2 boards. At the time they were known as lightest electric vehicle in the world and were one of the most successful Kickstarters in the history of the platform reaching their $100,000 goal in less than 24 hours. Provided consultation specifically on the design of their electronics housings. The design of the battery case specifically was so versatile and successful it ultimately was used in all 5 of Boosted’s “last mile” products.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2022 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration Institution: Carlson School of Management
Year: 2011 Degree: BS Subject: Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (BBE) Institution: University of Minnesota
Year: 2011 Degree: Bachelor of Design (ARCH) Subject: Architecture Institution: University of Minnesota

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2012 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Lead Engineer, and Process Owner Department:
Responsibilities:
Reported to the Director of Engineering, responsible for all engineering activities on site including facility turn around, corporate alignment, and supply chain robustness, team leadership.
• Successfully managed and led design and engineering for the construction of new 215,000 sq. ft. facility as lead engineer.
• Designed factory layouts and production systems, accommodating stakeholder input, across 24/7 work shifts and multiple job sites to increase functionality, flow, scalability, safety, ergonomics, and efficiency.
• Researched and led large system changes and implemented new multi-million-dollar product integrations, increasing production in value streams by millions of parts annually, and decreasing non-conformances by as much as 40%.
• Organized and led projects using Design Build, Lean, Kaizen, 5S, Design Thinking, Ethnographic and Charrette methods. These resulted in company leading engagement and employee satisfaction upon project launch.
• Led all engineering projects for location and hard metal CNC Operations during the first two years of the site’s operation.
• Mentored and coached six years of entry level engineers and interns to develop engineering and industrial design skills.
• Led and executed projects to address pandemic caused crises. Reduced reliance on supply chain limited resources by 76% by reducing and reusing manufacturing waste streams by over 240,000lbs annually and reducing company expenditure by over $740,000 annually.
• Successfully led multi-departmental engineering efforts during the pandemic during a 2 year shift to online work.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2012 to 2013 Employer: Protolabs Title: Applications Engineer Department:
Responsibilities:
Managed production engineering accounts, DFMA (Design For Manufacturing and Assembly) for thousands of clients products ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies to government and military organizations in completely virtual and remote format.
• Led quality rapid manufacturing and prototyping process and material workshops for customers and internal staff to develop new corporate core competencies.
• Contributed to new marketing and training white papers, design tips, blog posts, and promotional efforts to educate customers on service offerings to provide them with more streamlined product development experience.
• Automated repetitive tasks around cold calling and email follow ups and company communication increasing those served by a single individual by 1000% without sacrificing message clarity and quality.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Adjunct Faculty, Product Design Department:
Responsibilities:
Teach MCAD’s Digital Visualization and UMN’s Design for Manufacturability courses.
Guide graduate and undergraduate students through all stages of the product design process from research and ideation to prototype production and manufacturing strategy.
Deliver rapid prototyping and manufacturing lectures, studios and workshops for CAD, laser cutting, CNC routing, three-dimensional printing, and thermoplastic vacuum forming.
Educate students on manufacturing and factory operations related to product design and engineering.
Teach principles of good visual and communication of complex products and services.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2005 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner, Operator, and Head Instructor Department:
Responsibilities:
Manage team of support staff and five instructors providing Taekwondo training to hundreds of students annually. Market the business, coordinate financial records, and build relationships with students, parents, and collaborations with other small business owners.
• Manage and coach instructors to ensure consistency and an excellent product offering.
• Mentor students and instructors to cultivate respect, discipline, perseverance, and self-confidence.
• Keep records of student advancement and tailor training experience to best suit each student
• Maintain the solid traditional message of the art while conforming and innovating to reflect modern day messages including, school violence, racial justice, personal betterment and selfcare, and changing gender norms.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2008 to 2012 Employer: U of MN Dept. of Architecture and Design Title: Workshop Technician/Shop Supervisor Department:
Responsibilities:
Monitored the W.L.Hall Workshop/DigiFab Lab environment and taught students, professors, and staff how to use hand and power tools, digital fabrication machines, and measurement devices including CAD software, CNC routers, thermoplastic vacuum formers, laser cutters, and three-dimensional scanners and printers.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2011 to 2011 Employer: Manhattan Toy Title: Product Design and Engineering Management Contractor Department:
Responsibilities:
Led a team of interns and managed communication and acquisition of resources for the team. Designed and engineered prototypes to be enjoyable, durable, and safe according to rigorous European and United States safety standards that went on to full production.

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