I'm currently a manufacturing engineering specialist at Formlabs, where I help lead a scrappy team of young engineers to develop new products' manufacturing lines and keep the old ones as efficient as possible.
I design and build machines, take cycle times, create layouts, and work with the design teams on DFA and NPI. I also work hard developing the procedures and systems that make sure that as the company grows, our production lines are pushing innovation boundaries like we are with our printers. As our team expands, I've also conducted dozens of interviews to make sure we're getting the best and the brightest; if you've read this far you probably just found out you passed the phone screen.
I've had the privilege of travelling to and working with suppliers all around the world: Anodizing plants in Slovenia, injection molders in Taiwan, and last-second trips to Shenyang have all kept me very busy and learning as fast as I can. Ohio is alright too I suppose.
I studied Mechanical Engineering and Product Design at the University of Minnesota. A few friends and I founded a student-led product design firm called Design U, who to this day is flourishing and I'm extremely proud of: (check 'em out at www.designu-mn.org.) In my last year I was also the President of the MN chapter of the National Organization for Business and Engineering.
Previously I interned at Boston Scientific, developing test methods for their new catheters. I was an Automation/R&D intern at Minco Products, Inc. for two years, designing and building machines for their production floor. Before that, I spent my high school free time in my garage where I built an entire manufacturing line to make longboard skateboards around the clock. Before that, I was a curious little kid with a limitless imagination who could make anything out of a cardboard box and a roll of duct tape. Before that– well things get a little hazy, but I'm going to assume it wasn't terribly productive.