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
Yang Liang, 24
Operations Leadership Development Program, Siemens Industry Inc.
- Years in Company: 1
Education: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering at Penn State University
Supervisor: Jacob Schiff, Operations ManagerYang’s contributions: “Yang possesses a powerful combination of persistence, people skills and operations knowledge which sets him apart from his peers,” said Jacob Schiff, Operations Manager at Siemens Industry Inc. “Yang’s determination has been a key factor in achieving results. With focus on his targets, he finds creative ways to overcome obstacles.
“Yang’s knack for working with others has been a differentiating factor, allowing him to make system-wide improvements with an engaged and motivated team versus the smaller localized improvement made by an individual. His contributions in the past 6 months will deliver substantial savings to our bottom line.”
Why a career in manufacturing? “The most attractive aspect of manufacturing is the interaction with the workers on the shop floor. It allows me to work closely with the people who are involved in the processes to come up with solutions for continuous improvement.
“I believe that being in the manufacturing aspect of the business allows me to lead the business that is driven by the genuine interest of the people.”
Sean Marcus, 28
Panel Shop Forman, Surface Finishing Technologies
- Years in Company: 1.5
Education: Enrolled in Penn Foster (online technical school) for electrical construction and NEC program. He is progressing rapidly through the comapny apprenticeship program for electricians.
Sean’s contributions: “Sean has taken the initiative since the first day of his employment with the company to find ways to increase his usefulness to the company and to undertake new tasks and responsibilities. At the end of his first year he had advanced to the position of Panel Shop Foreman.”
Audrey Miller, 28
- Years in Company: 5
Education: Bachelor’s degree with honors, in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Audrey’s contributions: “Audrey epitomizes an emerging leader in manufacturing. She joined Rockwell Automation as part of its Leadership Development program in June 2005. For two years Audrey rotated through the operations track (manufacturing engineering, supervision, and materials). Upon completion, Audrey spent one year as a supervisor at our Milwaukee facility. Recently, she transferred to our Sumner, Iowa facility where she serves as a production and inventory control manager. Audrey is on a deliberate path to becoming one of our future plant managers.”
Tony Miller, 39
Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing, Toyota Materla Handling(TIEM)
- Years in Company: 14
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
Tony’s contributions: “He has held several positions within TIEM. After joining the manufacturing and maintenance department in 2009 he, and his team, won the TICO President’s Award for their achievements in assembly line consolidation. In 2010, he led the preparation team to a successful launch of the new 8-Series 4-wheel electric lift truck accounting for 15% of the plant’s production.”
Why a career in manufacturing? “I truly enjoy building new and innovative products. It is rewarding for me to be involved with taking a product design and creating new processes and new equipment to see that product come to life. I also enjoy the constant improvement aspect of working for Toyota.”
Chad Moros, 35
Industrial Equipment Sales and Service, Ohio Industrial Equipment, Ltd.
- Years in Company: 1.5
Education: BS at the University of Vermont
Chad’s contributions: “The economic climate has changed, manufacturing plants and facilities continue to reduce critical plant engineering and facilities layout staff. Chad is the person they turn to when they need the extra set of eyes both on the application and on the industrial solutions.”