Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. Have a strong work ethic inherited from my father. Started working at 13 as a paperboy and continued as an assistant manager of the newspaper station through high school. Studied Electrical Engineering in Salt Lake City with medical emphasis because I wanted to put what I learned to good use and to help people.
Started my engineering career with HGM Medical Laser Inc. and learned what an assembly was :> Actually, the HGM position taught me the basics of engineering principles and practices. This included harness design, EMC testing, power supply design and CPLD design.
To be closer to my family I moved to Chicago and started working at Siemens Medical Solutions in 2000. I have worked on numerous hardware designs on the imaging side and the patient recording side. Came up with cutting edge ideas to incorporate into our products. Have managed large scale releases of products into production. Interfaced with cross functional, cross national teams to coordinate these releases. Learned how to be a team leader and mentor to interns and young engineers. Worked closely with interns to make them better engineers and provided them with the support they needed to help them obtain jobs in the real world. An experience I had with one intern was that she did not know how to use a screw driver which was evidenced by 3-4 stripped screws. I mentioned the saying, " Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey." This didn't seem to work most likely because of a language barrier. I then thought of something that she would use everyday which is screwing and unscrewing a bottle cap. I mentioned that the same rotation that is used for putting off or on a bottle cap applies to the same rotation as the screwdriver to screw or unscrew a screw. After this explanation, there were no more stripped screws.
In addition to my work experience I wanted to point out that I have been involved in organizing a group of employees to ensure mass transit continued service to our place of employment. Budgetary cuts and lack of interest a few years ago, moved the PACE public transportation company to plan the cancellation of its service to Siemens. I directed four individuals to research other solutions other than shutting the service down completely. I attended public transportation hearings and presented other options that could be chosen by highlighting existing routes, researched by the group of four, that could be re-routed to Siemens and to outline the need to have such public transportation in the area and how it would remove new talent coming to our Company in the form of Interns. I also organized the current bus riders and informed them of contacts within the public transportation company so they had a responsible party to voice their concerns. In the end, we were not left with the most viable solution, but PACE met us a third of the way. And we still have one bus in the morning and one bus in the evening that comes to Siemens.
I am also a member of the Green Team (Environmental Team) at Siemens and researched the different commuter benefits that are available from the Federal Government. By presenting my findings to Human Resources with arguments that it is in the end also a Tax Break for the company by quoting tax code I researched, Human Resources agreed and went through with setting up of a commuter benefits plan through our payroll for our location. This has been in affect for the first time this last year and has been very successful. Everyone that is taking the bus is taking advantage of this benefit. And I am proud to say I was the driving factor.