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30 Under 30: Jane Karpinsky



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Jane Karpinsky’s first step toward becoming an engineer could have been her last step ever. She was helping her dad—a HAM radio operator—secure a large new antenna to the steep-sloped roof on a windy Iowa winter day. “The roof was a solid sheet of ice under four inches of snow,” Jane recalls. “While I was slipping around on the roof trying to get the job done, I couldn’t help but feel we could easily improve the installation process." Full Article

30 Under 30: Farhad Ghadamli



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Although Farhad Ghadamli was a transfer student to the University of California Davis from American River College, a community college in Sacramento, CA, he quickly jumped into campus and department activities, including reinvigorating the SME student chapter (chapter U231) at UC Davis. Because he was older than the average college student, perhaps he wanted to make up for lost time. Full Article

30 Under 30: Maite Mauri



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

As the child of two engineers, Maite Mauri seemed destined for manufacturing. “I have always found manufacturing and STEM fascinating,” she says. “The smell of machines—coolant and cut metal—is familiar and almost comforting to me.” While studying manufacturing engineering at California State University, Long Beach, Maite was Chair of the school’s SME Student Chapter and led her school’s team in the WESTEC Manufacturing Challenge. Full Article

30 Under 30: Ryan Sekol



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Ryan Sekol got the engineering bug early, doing maintenance on cars with his father and grandfather. “I changed the head on my first car,” he said. “That’s when I first got interested in engineering.” During a visit to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with his father and grandfather, Sekol saw fuel cells as part of a General Motors display and knew that he wanted to work in the automotive industry. Full Article

30 Under 30: Dave M. Huston



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

What does an overachiever do when he has completed all of his required assignments? If his name is Dave M. Huston, a manufacturing engineer at Hamill Manufacturing Company in Western PA, he looks for another challenge. In Dave’s case, when he was a manufacturing engineering student at Pennsylvania College of Technology, he would do just that, sometimes at the urging of his father Mark, a Kennametal engineer. Full Article

30 Under 30: Ryan Jacquemin



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

A natural at programming, high school senior Ryan Jacquemin works after school as an apprentice, writing programs for the CNC machines at Seitz LLC (Torrington, CT), a plastic injection molding manufacturer where his dad, Mike, works as a moldmaker and CNC programmer. Winner of the Mastercam 9th Annual Innovator of the Year Award last year, Jacquemin is working on his apprenticeship at Seitz before possibly going to college to study programming at Vincennes University in Indiana. Full Article

30 Under 30: Amelia Gandara



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Discard any ideas about traditional career paths and business models for Amelia Gandara. She’s busy creating her own. Amelia’s professional life started as a ballet dancer. Then, while studying chemical engineering at the University of Louisville (KY), she worked as a co-op student at two very different places: an oil refinery and an alternative energy research center. Full Article

30 Under 30: Brendan Weatherly



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Like a Hall of Fame athlete who gets in during his last year of eligibility, Brendan Weatherly was named a member of 30 Under 30 as his eligibility was running out. He turned 30 on April 23, after the entry deadline. Weatherly is vice president and co-founder of RevolutionAR, a Spokane, WA-based start-up company which produces software intended to make it easier to train employees in manufacturing. Full Article

30 Under 30: Adrienne Oda



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Watching her grandfather’s struggle with cancer convinced Adrienne Oda to pursue a bioengineering degree.“I think that left a big impression on me,” says Adrienne, the lead R&D/quality engineer for Healionics, a medical device manufacturer in Seattle. “I wanted to be involved in making medical devices, improving the quality of people’s lives, healthcare … ” Full Article

30 Under 30: Katelyn Reno McCutcheon



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Katelyn Reno McCutcheon, just four years on the job at Dearborn, MI-based Ford Motor Co., is dealing with one of its most important products, the new aluminum F-150 pickup. McCutcheon works at Ford’s Lima, OH, engine plant. The factory produces a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine for the F-150, a major source of profit for the automaker. “One of the nice things about my job is I haven’t had two days that were alike,” she said. “My group assigns me and a few other folks to figure out the process to build the engine.” Full Article

30 Under 30: Christopher Tyler



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Chris Tyler planned on being an engineer at a young age, for the traditional reason—he was good at math and science. But it wasn’t until his co-op at General Electric during his undergraduate career that he realized he wanted to be a manufacturing engineer. “I was in their combustion group but I always found myself heading down to the manufacturing plant and being really interested in what they were doing,” he explained, “so that’s kind of where my interest was sparked in manufacturing.” Full Article

30 Under 30: Kathryn Tillery-Merk



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

As a youngster, Kathryn Tillery-Merk really loved math and science, and her parents knew she’d be an engineer someday. After earning her BS in industrial engineering and masters in business administration at the University of Oklahoma, Tillery-Merk worked as an engineer at Raytheon Technical Services and as a program manager at Armstrong Aerospace after interning at Schlumberger. Full Article

30 Under 30: Liam David



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

At just 15 years old, Liam David is already an experienced additive manufacturing engineer. When he was in eighth grade, his class was presented with a real-life manufacturing challenge: design an assistive device for a young man in their community who was unable to use his hands due to minimal muscle control. Confined to a wheelchair, this young man used a touch-screen computer to communicate. Full Article

30 Under 30: Patrick Bloss



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Patrick Bloss had an interest in engineering for a long time but it intensified during an internship during the summer of 2011 at Morey Corp. in the Chicago suburb of Woodridge, IL. At Morey, Bloss helped make circuit boards for Caterpillar Inc. “So much is going on, it required so much more than engineering to get things done,” Bloss said in an interview. “In a plant, everything is right there, it’s easy to see the effect you have on things.” Full Article

30 Under 30: Rachel Battershaw



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

When you’re an engineering student in the Air Capital of the World, Wichita, KS, the odds are good you’re headed for a job in aerospace. Less likely is being offered a job in November when you’re not graduating until May. That’s the case for Rachel Battershaw, a polymers and composites engineer in the manufacturing research and development group at Spirit AeroSystems, a Tier 1 aerospace supplier. Full Article

30 Under 30: Joshua Tanida



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Just over five years ago, Tanida was a raw recruit in the US Navy. According to Paul Filler, the person who nominated Tanida and was himself a 30 Under 30 honoree in 2014, the young man had a notable career as a sailor. Filler, an instructor and head of the Machining Department at Workshop for Warriors (WFW; San Diego), said that during Tanida’s four-year tour of duty aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson the young sailor began with a rank of e-1 as a machinist mate in the ship’s reactor department. Full Article

30 Under 30: Barry Belmont



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

For Barry Belmont, each engineering problem is, at its core, a human problem. “If you’re not solving a problem that affects people, it’s kind of not worth solving,” he said. It’s no surprise then that Barry’s doctoral research in biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan revolves around a patient-centered approach to optimizing contemporary healthcare. Barry’s research focuses on noninvasive medical imaging, using both electrical bioimpedance and clinical ultrasound technologies. Full Article

30 Under 30: Justin Gordon



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

There’s a lot of tradition in Justin Gordon’s life, traditions that begin and end with his family and the family businesses, Fairlane Products, a designer and manufacturer of workholding and positioning components for automation, and Fixtureworks, a distributor of workholding technologies. At the age of 26, fate thrust him into the role of running both companies, as General Manager and co-owner with his sister, Kelsey, after the untimely deaths of both his father, Mark Gordon, and his grandfather, Richard, within four months of one another. Full Article

30 Under 30: Chris Rye



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

This past April, General Dynamics NASSCO launched the Isla Bella, a 764'-long Marlin-class container ship that’s the first of its kind—a “hybrid,” with the ability to run on liquified natural gas (LNG) as well as traditional fuel. Among those watching from dockside, with a lump in his throat, was Chris Rye, who, as Engine Room Manager, was responsible for the construction of the most complex area onboard the ship, according to Parker Larson, the company’s director of commercial programs. Full Article

30 Under 30: Omar Fergani



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Omar Fergani’s manufacturing studies and work have taken him around the globe. The 28-year-old 30 Under 30 honoree, a native of Morocco, received his undergraduate degree from the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine (l'Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, or INPL), in Nancy, France. From there he went to Turkey, first for an internship, then staying for work because he liked the country and the culture. Full Article

30 Under 30: Kyle Riegel



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Kyle Riegel is an engineer today because, years ago, he was able to witness three previous generations of engineers in his family solve problems. His father worked for Maytag; his grandfather for John Deere and Griffin Wheel; and his great-grandfather, although a blacksmith by trade, was effectively an engineer by necessity. “I’ve always enjoyed problem solving, and while watching my relatives make a living solving problems I knew that this was the career for me,” he says. Full Article

Workforce Pipeline: Manufacturing a Competitive Edge with Talent Supply Chain Management



Joseph Lampinen, MS, CMfgE, PMP, Director, Engineering Center of Excellence, Kelly Services, Inc.

7/1/2015

In 2007, a leading OEM’s leadership embarked on a plan to streamline its US-based operations to make them more efficient. One of the main pain points was that the company relied on a total of 38 different suppliers to deliver talent—making it almost impossible to establish a unified talent management and cost policy. In order to simplify its talent strategy, the company engaged Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group (KellyOCG®) to consolidate its talent supply chain into a single provider system. Full Article

Workforce Pipeline: Creating Pathways to Careers in Manufacturing



Jeffrey M. Krause, Executive Director & CEO, SME

7/1/2015

We’ve all seen the headlines: “CEOs Say Skills Gap Is Problematic” (U.S. News & World Report); “Manufacturers upbeat, despite workforce concerns” (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal); “Manufacturing workforce development starts with our youth” (Assembly magazine); and “Local manufacturers work together to attract workers” (The Virginian-Pilot). I could cite many more articles, yet the message would remain consistent—“Even with the most weight given to the broadest indicators—STEM employment and STEM degrees granted—the Index shows there has only been modest gains in overall STEM activity since 2000, indicating that the existing pool of talent is still too shallow to adequately meet demand” (U.S. News & World Report). Full Article

30 Under 30: Cameron Peahl



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

In introducing Cameron Peahl in his nomination letter, Cary J. Rosenberg, global supplier quality and development manager of Watts Water Technologies, wrote that Peahl has an enduring passion for STEM fields. Talk to Peahl or read his resume and you will find lots of evidence of that. That passion, however, did not always include manufacturing. What sparked his interest in making things and set him on the path that took him to his current position as a manufacturing engineer at Eaton Corp.’s Aerospace Group was an internship between his sophomore and junior years in the engineering school at Roger Williams College. Full Article

Third Annual 30 Under 30: Recognizing the Future Leaders of Manufacturing



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

For the third 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. Full Article

30 Under 30: Andrew Dalman



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Andy Dalman was a tinkerer from a young age. He grew up playing with Legos and quickly graduated to using screwdrivers, hammers and the like to take apart household items—electronics, vacuums, and anything else he could get his hands on. “To my mother’s relief I would usually get it back together properly,” he joked. That natural curiosity and innovative spirit of Andy’s never left. Currently a student at North Dakota State University in Manufacturing Engineering, Andy’s accomplishments are numerous. Full Article

30 Under 30: Brad Stropes



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Brad Stropes has always been enamored with manufacturing, dating back to the days where he worked on cars with his dad. After earning a degree in business and political science, Stropes applied his technical acumen in the manufacturing field, working in software sales positions first at PQ Systems (Dayton, OH), an SPC software developer, then with SigmaTEK Systems (Cincinnati). Full Article

30 Under 30: Kristin Cermak



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

When someone like Kurt M. Wiese, GM’s vice president of Global Manufacturing Engineering, nominates a person for 30 Under 30, it is a virtual certainty that person is above average. When Wiese wrote that his nominee has “attributes required to be an Outstanding Future GM leader,” we suspected that she also has the accomplishments as well as the attributes to be an exceptional manufacturing practitioner. Cermak is currently the body manufacturing integration lead for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Full Article

30 Under 30: Justin Bailey



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

“I have always shown curiosity in how various machines function,” recalls Justin Bailey. “As a child I used to take my toys apart. Sometimes springs would go flying and I couldn’t put them back together just right but it made me more cautious for the next time.” That curiosity was given practical outlet at an early age. “Growing up on a farm I have had a lot of opportunity to learn how to fix various systems—mechanical, combustion, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electric—along with how they all interface,” Justin recalled. Full Article

30 Under 30: Alex Cimino-Hurt



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

For some 30 Under 30 honorees, manufacturing wasn’t always what they had in mind for their career. For Alex Cimino-Hurt, the idea to pursue an engineering career didn’t come until after college. After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in material science, Alex wasn’t ready for graduate school, so he took an opportunity to teach physical science, earth science, and Spanish in Albuquerque, NM. It was during this time that he would come to settle on engineering as a career path. Full Article

30 Under 30: Brittany Speroni



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Brittany Speroni didn’t know much about manufacturing before she went off to study engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) in Boston. The New Jersey native said she just loved math and physics. In the mechanical engineering technology degree program at WIT, Brittany took her first manufacturing class. “I was hooked,” she said. Brittany gained valuable knowledge in hands-on labs and took all the manufacturing-related courses she could. Full Article

30 Under 30: Todd Hinton



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

At 22 years old, Todd Hinton has mastered the art of time management, which is necessary to achieve the ambitious goals he had set for himself four years ago when he started college at The University of Akron. Those goals were to graduate college debt-free, go on to graduate school for an MBA, and start his own small machining service to people with “one-off” jobs or small batches. Full Article

30 Under 30: Wenjing Jin



Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

Wenjing Jin, interviewed while on a research trip back to her native China, came sight unseen to the University of Cincinnati in 2010 to work with Professor Jay Lee, director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS). “My background is in automatic control, intelligent control and information systems. In looking for a school correlated to my background, I came across the IMS web site and found it interesting,” explained Wenjing. Full Article

Celebrating Young People in Manufacturing



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

1/23/2015

When we launched our special 30 Under 30 issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine two years ago—to honor young leaders in manufacturing and the STEM fields that underpin this profession—we were a little nervous here in Dearborn.“Will we have enough people?” a few staffers asked. Full Article

3rd Annual 30 Under 30: Call for Nominations



ME Media Staff

11/1/2014

Do you know someone under the age of 30 who has demonstrated extraordinary promise in manufacturing? Have you met a young student who is unusually passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics? In our July issue, Manufacturing Engineering Media will once again recognize 30 individuals under the age of 30 who have the potential to lead our industry into the future. Full Article

30 Under 30: Sean Humes



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

Sean Humes, a lifelong lover of all things computers, came to manufacturing for the technology. He stayed for the rewarding career that, he says, provides challenges, learning opportunities, and is “constantly engaging your brain.” 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. Full Article

30 Under 30: Selin Sirinterlikci



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

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. Full Article

30 Under 30: Sonja Riley



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

Dave Malrick, sales manager for industrial cutting tools distributor Walter R. Hammond Co., Minneapolis, met Sonja Riley a year ago during a meeting about the future of the product she makes and he sells. “Throughout our conversation, I came to gain lots of respect for this young woman,” says Malrick, who’s been in the cutting tools business 44 years. “I have rarely come across a person of this quality so young in life.” Full Article

30 Under 30: Rebekka Neumann



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

Hands-on from an early age, Rebekka Neumann liked to take things apart and rebuild them. But it wasn’t until she joined her high school’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 862 Lightning Robotics team that she really knew she’d make a career in the manufacturing field. Full Article

30 Under 30: Olivia Girod



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

The future is bright with opportunity for recent engineering graduates who have demonstrated leadership. Olivia Girod, a June graduate of Oregon State University with an Honors B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering, said that passing the defense of her Honors thesis paper was a pivotal moment in her college career. The honors thesis has resulted in a conference publication and will be submitted for journal publication, according to her faculty thesis co-advisor. Full Article

30 Under 30: Patrick M. White



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

Patrick M. White found his niche early on taking high school drafting classes, something he was so good at that others would ask him how to work in AutoCAD and other programs. When he studied at Moraine Valley CC, his teachers were engineers by day and instructors at night. Initially, Patrick wanted to be a teacher who communicated to young people why keeping manufacturing in the US is so important. Full Article

30 Under 30: Rebecca Kurfess



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

Rebecca Kurfess, 19, and a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, readily admits she comes from a nerdy family. Her mother has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT (Cambridge, MA). Her father has a doctorate in the same field from the same school, and teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The school not only employs Rebecca’s dad, it once was a source of entertainment for the Kurfess children, and introduced them to aerodynamics. Full Article

30 Under 30: Paul David Filler Jr.



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

As a member of the US Marines, Paul David Filler Jr. first started learning the machinist trade while stationed at Camp Pendleton near San Diego. His aptitude for machining techniques and quickly learning CNC programming led him on the path to becoming an apprentice and CNC instructor for Workshops for Warriors (WFW; San Diego). Later he was named head of the Machining Department of the organization that helps train US military veterans for machining jobs in the manufacturing industry. Full Article

30 Under 30: Thomas 'TJ' Swistro



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

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 Central Connecticut State University. He’s currently working on his MBA at the University of Hartford. Full Article

Second Annual 30 Under 30: Recognizing the Future Leaders of Manufacturing



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

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. Full Article

30 Under 30: Natalie Byler



Manufacturing Engineering Media

7/1/2014

When Natalie Byler was a kid, she occasionally was able to watch her dad and others at the GM powertrain facility in Bay City, MI. Years later, she went to a Women in Engineering summer camp at Michigan Tech, but Natalie says that it was back there at GM, standing to one side and watching camshafts being formed in their multitudes, that “the seed was planted” for a career in manufacturing. Full Article

30 Under 30: Travis Bengtson



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

About the time that Travis Bengtson was interviewing with Caterpillar for its Manufacturing Professional Development Program, it seemed as if everybody was jumping out of manufacturing. Travis saw that as an opportunity because at some point there was going to be a shortage of manufacturing experts. Prior to his experience at Caterpillar, Travis had studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Full Article

30 Under 30: Bradley Bilacic



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

“As long as I can remember I have always had an interest in how things were made,” says Brad Bilacic. Brad’s father was a rural carrier for the post office and was responsible for maintaining his work vehicle—a weekly task. His father had Brad assemble his first Volkswagen engine at the age of nine. “My dad raced cars and was always building or working on a car,” Brad remembered. Full Article

30 Under 30: Jeffrey Leone



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

A certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Jeffrey Leone, 27, has already had a highly varied career. He has worked in the recreational vehicle industry and in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, before moving to his position as a manufacturing engineer at the facility in Greenville, NC, of Stanadyne Corp. (Windsor, CT), a manufacturer of fuel pumps and filters. Full Article

30 Under 30: Brian Davis



Manufacturing Engineering Media Staff

7/1/2014

For most students, education goes beyond the classroom. For Brian Davis, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Florida-Gainesville, education takes over his weekends, nights, and just about any free time he has. “He always stays very late in the lab and comes to the lab over the weekends,” wrote Dr. Yong Huang, a professor who nominated Brian. Full Article



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