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Expert in Engineering Management

Expert ID: 108050 New Jersey, USA

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Expert has been involved with the re-engineering of new product development processes, creation of total quality management programs, and organizational structure changes for process engineering and research and development functions for two major medical device manufacturers (i.e. Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb). He is an experienced change agent and enjoys thinking "outside the dots". Expert has played a key role in the re-engineering of a product development process, project management process, capital appropriation request/approval process, corrective action process, an R&D organizational structure, and several engineering departmental organizations.

Expert is a seasoned executive adept at identifying critical issues and developing options for consideration. He is known for his drive to "do it right the first time". He has operated at various management levels including manager, director, and vice-president.

Expert was a key member of TQM implementation teams for divisions of two major corporations in the United States (i.e. Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb). He participated in the training of all employees from the boardroom to the factory floor, the design of appropriate standard operating procedures (SOP), and mentoring during the implementation process. Expert has designed, and conducted, customized training modules for failure mode effects analysis (FMEA), design reviews, problem solving and decision making, and corrective action systems. He has developed a reputation as a passionate change agent who understands the relationship between culture change and a successful TQM initiative.

Expert has led and mentored work teams, project teams, task forces, committees, etc.; at the departmental, functional, and cross-functional levels.

Working with Teltech, Expert combined the concept of a virtual team member with state-of-the-art knowledge management techniques to create a "Knowledge Prospecting" process for identifying, capturing, retrieving, sharing, and evaluating knowledge pertinent to the development of new manufacturing and technology paradigms. The technique proved to be a dynamic, interactive, cost-effective, and highly productive method, and can be used by project teams or individuals to investigate any subject.


Expert has been a project manager and a manager of project managers for large and small companies in a variety of industries (i.e. medical devices, plastics processing, food processing, toys, recreational products, and consumer products). He is well versed in the issues related to project management from ideation to analysis of customer complaints. His experience includes product and equipment projects and effective communication to management regarding project progress.

Resource planning for individual and/or multiple projects has been one of the common threads of Expert's experience. The balancing of people, money, time, priorities, and management's expectations is the classical challenge of resource management.

Expert has had management responsibility for R&D activities in small companies and global corporations (i.e. Union Carbide, Johnson & Johnson, and Bristol-Myers Squibb), over a wide range of responsibility levels (i.e. manager, director, and vice-president), in a number of diverse industries (i.e. plastics processing, medical devices, food processing, toys, and manufacturing systems). He is equally experienced in dealing with the cross-functional issues characteristic of matrix organizations, and dedicated teams.

Expert has served as an internal consultant to facilitate the execution-planning phase of numerous projects. He has developed the ability to engage the project's participants in open and frank brainstorming sessions to define optimistic, realistic, and pessimistic project scenarios. The scenarios address resource allocation, capital and expense spending, strategic impact, and cross-functional issues.

Expert has served as an internal consultant to conduct design reviews at various points during a projects life cycle, to assess results versus expectations, and to identify issues that need to be addressed to achieve project objectives. He has also conducted post-completion reviews to determine "lessons learned" and sustainability of the project's deliverables.

Expert has had new product development management responsibilities in small companies and global corporations over a wide range of responsibility levels, covering a number of diverse industries. He is well aware of the cross-functional issues that need to be dealt with from ideation through product redesign.

Expert has had experience as the plant manager for a small medical device company (i.e. 5-6 million dollars in sales, and 150 non-union employees). He was responsible for manufacturing, quality assurance/control, sterilization, regulatory affairs, purchasing, planning, and product development activities.

Expert has designed and delivered training modules dealing with how to measure and improve worker productivity. His experience also includes being responsible for improving productivity on the factory floor.

Over the years, Expert has acquired the ability to identify the "root cause" of manufacturing problems in the least amount of time. He has extensive experience troubleshooting at the technical level, the business process level, and at the cultural level. He has designed and delivered training modules on troubleshooting techniques and best practices.

During his extensive experience with plastics processing and assembly, Expert has integrated state-of-the-art technologies that were new to existing manufacturing operations (i.e. replaced batch mixing of adhesives with twin-screw compounding, established in-house extrusion of Teflon tubing, and implemented 100% computer process control for ultrasonic welding operations in the production of toys).

Expert acquired his expertise in plastics processing while working as a Process Development Engineer for Union Carbide. It was his job to develop processing technology for new polymers discovered by the polymer chemists in Research. His range of experience includes extrusion, molding, calendering, drafting, tentering, mixing, compounding, fabrication, joining, decorating, and film slitting/winding/rewinding. He has developed technology for a wide range of industries (i.e. medical devices, food processing, plastics processing, toys, consumer products, and recreational products).

Expert has spent a considerable amount of time evaluating new technology paradigms with respect to their place on the technology life cycle curve, and their ability to produce a sustainable competitive advantage for a given business situation. Those evaluations took into account all aspects of the business model (i.e. sales, marketing, quality, finance, distribution, product form and function, regulatory, production, customer satisfaction, and competitive pressures).

In his search for new technology paradigms for next-generation manufacturing, Expert had to monitor technology trends to ensure that he was not missing any key areas of interest or development. He used a variety of techniques and sources to check and double-check observed trends. The most productive technique was "knowledge prospecting", an "outside the dots" knowledge management technique developed by Expert and Teltech.

Expert's expertise includes assessing the utility of state-of-the-art technologies, evaluating a technology's place on the technology life cycle curve and its ability to produce a sustainable competitive advantage, and searching for new technology paradigms for next-generation manufacturing. He has experience with a wide range of manufacturing technologies (i.e. heat welding, RF welding, laser welding, ultrasonic welding, gluing, cutting, punching, web conveyance/slitting/winding/rewinding, embossing, decorating, and automated process control).

Expert has applied state-of-the-art process technologies to create manufacturing processes for a wide range of products, across several industries. He has also been "prospecting" for new technology paradigms that will have an impact on next-generation manufacturing systems.

Expert was introduced to the concept of process inventing as a Process Development Engineer for Union Carbide. It was his job to invent processes for the conversion of new polymers (discovered by the polymer chemists in Research) into useful products. He has designed processes for the full range of manufacturing complexity (i.e. manual to automated, with single and multiple components), and a variety of products.

Expert has developed processes for the full range of manufacturing complexity (i.e. manual to automated, with single and multiple components), and a variety of products.

Process simplification through cycle time reduction and defect elimination has been a key area of Expert's experience for many years. He has experience as a "hands on" process engineer and a corporate trainer of total quality principles, metrics, and best practices.

Expert has been responsible for the design, fabrication, assembly, testing, qualification, and validation of mechanical manufacturing systems of varied complexity. He has developed mechanical manufacturing systems for the production of single component products and complex assemblies. He has worked with flexible films/sheets as well as rigid and semi-rigid components. His experience has included work at all levels of development (i.e. prototypes, working models, pilot lines, production lines, and multiple production lines).

Expert has done a great deal of research regarding the nature of next-generation manufacturing. Attaining world-class manufacturing status is not a manufacturing issue. It's contingent upon the entire company redefining its structure, culture, paradigms, operating systems, and strategy to become an extended enterprise. He has facilitated workshops on becoming an extended enterprise and defined the appropriate metrics to measure progress to that end.

Expert's work with next-generation manufacturing paradigms has been driven by the need to be able to manufacture customized products (i.e. production runs of one unit) with the speed and efficiency capable of creating a sustainable competitive advantage in the 21st century. He has been working "outside the dots" to identify, develop, and implement new manufacturing/technology paradigms that will set the standard for 21st century manufacturing.

Expert's experience with medical devices included process engineering responsibilities for manufacturing systems required to produce 100-150 million units per year. Expert has experience addressing the manufacturability of a product design during the ideation process.

Expert has functioned as a product design engineer in several industries (i.e. medical devices, food processing, plastics processing, toys, consumer products, industrial equipment, and recreational products). He is experienced in addressing the appropriate product interfaces (i.e. customer needs, owner use and abuse, manufacturer, vendors, suppliers, packaging, distribution system, etc.).

Expert has experienced the reality that the design of the product being produced is as important to the assembly process as the equipment being used. He has dealt with that issue over the full range of assembly complexity (i.e. single component/low speed to multi-component/high speed). Expert has also experienced the reality that cost must always be minimized while achieving product performance requirements.

Expert has been involved in projects to minimize product development cycle time at several companies. The range of project scope varied from addressing specific portions of the product development process to a complete redesign of the process. He has done extensive work in the area of medical devices.

Expert's experience with Johnson & Johnson (16 years) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (10 years) has exposed him to every facet of the design process from ideation to product redesign. His varied responsibilities along the product development continuum have sharpened his awareness of the issues that impact the design of a medical device. His varied responsibilities along the product development continuum give him a unique perspective of the issues that can impact results.

Expert's experience as a product design engineer has included product improvement projects driven by customer feedback from the field. The range of activity has covered simple production process changes to a complete product redesign. The key factor in any product improvement activity is an accurate analysis of reliable feedback information from the field. He is comfortable dealing with people at all points along the product life cycle (i.e. end users, focus groups, clinical test participants, manufacturing line workers, distribution personnel, doctors, nurses, quality inspectors, sales force, marketing, regulatory, medical researchers, R&D, financial, etc.).

Expert has experience in the design, development, and fabrication of manufacturing systems. He has worked on, and supervised work on, manual systems, semi-automatic systems, and automated systems. His experience covers the complete range of product complexity from single to multiple components.

On-site Consulting Expert has served as an internal consultant for project planning, design reviews, failure mode effects analysis, troubleshooting, and strategic planning. Training/Seminars Expert designed and delivered training seminars on design reviews, failure mode effect analysis, measurement of individual and process productivity, corrective action processes, project planning, engineering career opportunities, and problem solving.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Yonkers, New York - Newark, New Jersey - Jersey City, New Jersey - Paterson, New Jersey - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Bridgeport, Connecticut - New Haven, Connecticut - Stamford, Connecticut - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1965 Degree: MSME Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Connecticut
Year: 1962 Degree: BSME Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: City College of New York

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2000 to 2000 Employer: Self Employed Title: Independent Consultant Department: Responsibilities: As required by customers.
Years: 1997 to 2000 Employer: ConvaTec(division of B-MS) Title: Director Department: Technical Operations Responsibilities: Technology Assessment & Productivity.
Years: 1995 to 1997 Employer: ConvaTec(division of B-MS) Title: Vice President Department: Chronic Care Products & Services Responsibilities: Chronic Care Product Development.
Years: 1990 to 1995 Employer: ConvaTec(division of B-MS) Title: Director Department: Technical Operations Responsibilities: Process Engineering.
Years: 1985 to 1990 Employer: J&J Baby Products (Division of J&J) Title: Manager Department: Child Development Products Responsibilities: Product Development Engineering.
Years: 1981 to 1985 Employer: Devro Inc.(division of J&J) Title: Manager Department: Research & Development Responsibilities: Product and Process Development.
Years: 1979 to 1981 Employer: Electro Catheter, Corp. Title: Plant Manager Department: Manufacturing Responsibilities: Materials Management, Extrusion, Assembly, Quality, Regulatory Affairs, Packaging, Maintenance, Shipping & Receiving, related to the manufacture of medical devices.
Years: 1976 to 1979 Employer: Jelco, Inc.(division of J&J) Title: Mgr/Mgr/Director Department: Research & Development Responsibilities: Technical Services,
Research & Development,
Research & Development;
related to the design, development & manufacture of medical devices.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1990 to 2000 Country / Region: UK, Italy, and Denmark Summary: Technology Assessment, productivity, and process development for ConvaTec locations and vendors.
Years: 1976 to 1990 Country / Region: China, Canada, Germany, Scotland, and Taiwan Summary: Process Engineering and Product Development assignments,related to medical devices,while employed by J&J.

Fields of Expertise

business process re-engineering, management decision-making, total quality management, self-directed work team, knowledge management, project management, resource allocation, resource planning, research and development management, project execution planning, project assessment, new product development management, device product development, plant operations management, productivity improvement, manufacturing troubleshooting, technology transfer, technology development, technology management, technology innovation, technology evaluation, technology trend, technology forecasting, manufacturing technology management, process technology, process design, process development, process engineering, mechanical processing technology, world-class manufacturing, mass customization, high volume, low cost product design, product design, design for assembly, design for cost, design for manufacturability, product development cycle time, medical device product development, medical device product improvement, production engineering, consumer toy, trend forecasting, business performance improvement, sustainable design, total quality managment in research and development, new consumer product development, project review, business management, high volume, low cost product assembly, plastic product development, technology search, ideation, work team, process monitoring, total quality implementation, total quality engineering, product improvement, mechanical process development, research and development organization, research and development planning, new product design, manufacturing resource planning, technology planning, medical device manufacturing troubleshooting, manufacturing technology, product safety design, manufacturing productivity, design for disassembly, new product development, medical device design, design for manufacture and assembly, re-engineering, process modification, process inventing, total quality control, technology adoption, project scheduling, project planning, research and development productivity, production management

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