Future 30: Meeting the next challenges
Manufacturing's future is in the hands of people like the 2010 Future 30 honorees. That's good news for manufacturing.
By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
The 2010 Future 30 honorees
Meredith Herrmann, 23
Operations Leadership Development Program, Siemens Industry Inc.
- Years in Company: 1
Education: BS Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech
Why a career in manufacturing? “Growing up, I was never the little girl who wanted to play with dolls or have tea parties. I took apart my grandmother’s exercise bike and constructed bridges and tunnels for Weeble-wobble towns out of house-hold items. I became engulfed in finding out how things work, or rather making things work in the way I saw fit. I loved learning and solving problems.
“I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to be at the forefront of technological advances and have the ability and flexibility to experience different disciplines, environments, and product lines. Solving problems both by thinking outside the box and by using proven methods, such as those of Gilbreth or Toyoda, would enable me to continually improve processes and systems. I was in pursuit of a job that would be a constant challenge; one fueled by innovation and globalization of products, processes, and services.”
Doug Hess, 27
Plant Manager, Roush & Yates Racing Engines
- Years in Company: 1.5
Education: Graduate East Mecklenbrg High School in Charlotte, NC
Doug’s contributions: “Doug Hess joined Robert Yates Racing in 1999 immediately following high school. He was quickly recognized as an individual with excellent leadership skills. When Jack Roush and Robert Yates merged their engine shops in 2004 Doug was one of the first people we brought into the organization.”
Lisa Hudson, 25
PM1 Process Engineer, Supply Chain Leadership Development Program
- Years in Company: 2
Education: University of Florida, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Master of Science; Industrial and Systems Engineering, Bachelor of Science
Why a career in manufacturing: “Every individual has gone through the phase of wondering ‘what do I want to be when I grow up?’ Needless to say, I didn’t have a definite answer for myself. I did know, however, that working in manufacturing was something I could see myself doing.
“The challenges faced while solving problems, designing products or services to exceed the expectations of the customer, and implementing solutions to improve processes were opportunities where I knew I could make a significant impact. I chose a career in manufacturing because I always had an interest in what it took for an innovative idea to be thought of from the moment of inception to being developed and brought to the customer as a finished product. There are various elements that play a role in manufacturing to successfully make a product from start to finish.”
Shon Isenhour, 33
- Years in Company: 2
Education: BS at North Caroilina State University Engineering School
Shon’s contributiuons: “As a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), Shon has demonstrated his technical, management, and motivational skills in the manufacturing field working with industries such as: primary metals, pharmaceuticals, petrochemical and paper,” said Andy Ginder, Isenhour’s supervisor.
Why a career in manufacturing? “Since the first time I stepped inside an old textile mill as a young boy, manufacturing has continued to fascinate me. Over the years, my work experience has given me exposure to many industries. Every time I enter a new facility, I am amazed to see people and equipment working in unison to convert raw materials into the everyday products we consume without much thought.
“These days, I spend most of my time working with these same manufacturers to ensure they can competitively produce the most profitable goods possible by refining business processes, implementing best practices and eliminating waste in the production process.”