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30 Under 30: Recognizing the Future Leaders of Manufacturing



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/8/2013

Manufacturing Engineering celebrates the inaugural 30 Under 30 honorees in the pages that follow. These young people have taken the road less traveled—and they deserve recognition for it. Modern culture doesn't do enough to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, let alone Manufacturing. Full Article

30 Under 30: Kevin James Shaw



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Kevin Shaw has always been naturally curious about electricity and mechanics. His parents, who nominated him, say it has been obvious from the beginning that “he is an engineer at heart.” It’s been obvious to Kevin, too, who says he has wanted to be an engineer since he was about 9, and he works constantly toward that goal with enjoyment. Full Article

30 Under 30: Kimberly Jung



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Kimberly Jung graduated from Holland High School this spring with AP testing credits for history and English that will enable her to take package engineering classes in her first year next fall at Michigan State University. Full Article

30 Under 30: Kyle Rhodes



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Like his father and grandfather, Kyle Rhodes studied chemical engineering before going to work in a chemical plant. Hired right after graduating from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, Kyle has worked at the Dow Chemical Co.’s ethylene oxide and plastics manufacturing facility in Seadrift, Texas, for six years now. Full Article

30 Under 30: John Giraldo



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

A lot of things had to happen for mechanical engineer John Giraldo to be able to get to where he is today. Where he is, is Sandvik Coromant’s Aerospace Application Center, where he works as a CAM Programmer, and where “his contributions...have been astounding,” according to his manager Sean Holt. Full Article

30 Under 30: Cody Leuck



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Cody Leuck has already won enough awards to stress a mantelpiece. The 23-year-old has taken First Prize in the Center for Entrepreneurship’s 2010 business concept competition, helped to lead his school SME chapter to Grand Prizes in SME’s Collegiate Manufacturing Challenge at AeroDef in 2011 and at WESTEC in 2012, and won the SME Education Foundation Reality Redesigned contest in 2012. Full Article

30 Under 30: Jandre TerreBlanche



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Jandre TerreBlanche is the second generation in SigmaTEK Systems LLC, a company started by his father, which is a leading provider of CAD/CAM nesting software for laser, plasma, waterjet, oxyfuel and router cutting along with punching, and bending machines. Full Article

30 Under 30: Jesse Paschall



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Jesse Paschall won the 2011 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship after graduating magna cum laude from East Grand Rapids High School. After starting college as a mechanical engineering student at North Carolina State University, Jesse decided to transfer for his sophomore year at Grand Valley State University to be closer to his family in the area. Full Article

30 Under 30: Lauren Welch



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Lauren Welch had a strong math and science background in high school, but it wasn’t until she was a first year student at Mississippi State when an engineering professor described the difference between a scientist and an engineer that her career path was sealed. Full Article

30 Under 30: Ryan Stephenson



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

A dual major in college at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Ryan Stephenson first got hooked on engineering after taking some drafting classes very early in his high school years at Antigo High School in central Wisconsin. Ryan started working with AutoCAD shortly afterward and later became proficient using SolidWorks CAD software. Full Article

30 Under 30: Sri Atluru



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Given his technical achievements in the field of manufacturing, it may be difficult to believe that Sri Atluru is just 28 years old. For example, Sri designed and helped implement a prototype “supervisory system” for the Smart Machine Platform Initiative (SMPI), which was initiated by the Coalition on Manufacturing Technology Infrastructure and TechSolve, Inc., to revamp the US manufacturing sector. Full Article

30 Under 30: Alexandria Moseley



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Alexandria Moseley distinguished herself as a manufacturing leader during her college career at Oregon State University. She recently graduated with two bachelor’s degrees, one in industrial engineering and the other in manufacturing engineering. Full Article

30 Under 30: Ryan Boehm



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Ryan Boehm has worked at waterjet cutting developer Omax Corp. since October 2006 when he joined the company as a research assistant and waterjet operator. Since 2011, Ryan has worked there as an R&D mechanical engineer, designing experiments to evaluate technologies and helping to write code for Omax’s Intelli-Visor monitoring software platform released at IMTS 2012. Full Article

30 Under 30: Lotheronie Raby



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

In 2008 Dow Chemical named Lotheronie Raby—then 23 years old, and a full-time employee for under two years—to the role of Global Technical Resource Leader for Heat Exchangers. In this role she leads a network of global experts who provide reviews of complex designs, troubleshoot operations failures, and maintain company standards for design and fabrication. Full Article

30 Under 30: Meghan West



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Meghan West has been going to machine shops for as long as she can remember. Her father founded Mastercam/CNC Software the year she was born, in 1983. As the oldest of five, she heard a lot about manufacturing growing up. But choosing it as a career, Meghan said, was her choice. “My father never pushed me,” she said. Full Article

30 Under 30: Raymond Manning



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

“From childhood,” Ray Manning’s mother, Holly, said, "Ray wanted to build robots to land on Mars—and then make a service call to fix them.” As a teen, she said, he was involved with FIRST throughout high school, working on everything from concept to design to assembly, and “as a senior he was a team captain.” Today, Ray is on the path to the stars that he envisioned as a youngster. Full Article

30 Under 30: Daniil Popov



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Daniil Popov graduated at the top of his high school class in 2011 but wasn’t sure which way to turn after graduation. Daniil, who at the age of four had moved to Washington from Uzbekistan with his family, figured he would take a job in the family tile-setting business and help his parents with the bills. Full Article

30 Under 30: Ronald Olkowski III



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

By the time you read this, Ronald Olkowski will be in Leipzig, Germany, representing the United States in the CNC Turning competition during the biennial WorldSkills Competition—the Olympics of vocational skills. The 42nd international event is being held July 2–7, 2013. Full Article

30 Under 30: Brandon Killian



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

High-school senior Brandon Killian has served as president for the last two years on his school’s FIRST Robotics team, which won the Rookie All-Star Award at the FIRST Robotics San Diego Regional last year and later advanced to the International competition in St. Louis. Full Article

30 Under 30: Aubrey Kelley-Cogdell



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Aubrey Kelley-Cogdell is an engineer by profession and a leader in the making. She was always math and science minded in school, participating in summer programs for math and engineering at Michigan Technological University and Johns Hopkins University. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Lafayette College. Full Article

30 Under 30: Ananya Rajagopal



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Ananya Rajagopal is someone for whom looking forward and giving back are both important. Shortly after being interviewed for this profile, the ninth grader e-mailed us asking that we include what she feels to be very crucial points concerning her attitude toward manufacturing, engineering and STEM education. Full Article

30 Under 30: Jason Dube



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Perhaps it’s because manufacturing is in his blood, but Jason Dube is excited about engineering. Growing up in Windsor, ON, Canada, a focal point of the North American auto industry, Jason was not only exposed to manufacturing but was a member of a manufacturing family. Full Article

30 Under 30: Catherine Tradd



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Catherine “Cat” Tradd grew up a cowgirl helping to raise longhorns on her family’s ranch 30 miles west of Austin, TX. Today, she supervises 51 machinists, mechanics, assemblers and inspectors at Solar Turbines (San Diego, CA), a Caterpillar subsidiary that manufactures industrial gas turbines. Full Article

30 Under 30: Anabel Ugalde-Huebe



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Engineering runs in the family of Anabel Ugalde-Huebe, with her sister being a manufacturing engineer and her father an architectural engineer. A native of Mexico City, Anabel moved with her parents to south Texas at age 10, and after acclimating to a new school and an unfamiliar language, Anabel excelled in her studies, especially in math and the sciences. Full Article

30 Under 30: Catherine Ross



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

She may not be an engineer and she may not have a role in building any actual parts or products, but Catherine Ross received a flurry of nominations for her work in helping to attract and develop a competent manufacturing workforce for the future. Full Article

30 Under 30: Chad Frank



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

“It all started with high school shop class,” said Chad Frank. “We got to run some small manual lathes and mills. That’s when I really got caught up in manufacturing.” There were some other factors, too, that helped pave the way to Chad’s current status as a highly regarded journeyman machinist at Hydromat (St. Louis). Full Article

30 Under 30: Christina Borgese



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Christina is as much an engineer as she is an entrepreneur. Which explains why she quit her stable job in corporate America—specifically as a process engineer at Clorox—to, as she explains it, “go save the American economy.” Full Article

30 Under 30: Bret Weber



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Bret Weber found his manufacturing career path early on while still a high school student. Bret began working at Geater Machining & Manufacturing Co. (GMM) when he was 16 years old doing miscellaneous utility work in the paint and hardware departments. Full Article

30 Under 30: Afton Hollertz



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

It has taken Afton Hollertz just a little more than a year and a half working at Allmand Brothers Inc. in her hometown of Holdrege, Nebraska, to prove just how creative a thinker and passionate about her job she is. Full Article

30 Under 30: Allen Henri



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

“Westminster Tool,” said company president Raymond Coombs Jr., “is a company that promotes innovation and continuous improvement, and Allen has been a perfect fit for this philosophy.” Full Article

30 Under 30: Amanda Nixon



Manufacturing Engineering Staff

7/1/2013

Amanda majors in mechanical engineering at Kettering University (Flint, MI) and has worked as a temp/co-op at Fanuc’s Rochester Hills, MI, facility off and on since July 2010. Prior to IMTS 2012, she had spent three-month stints at Fanuc, learning operations, product development, and—for six months—material handling. Full Article



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