2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jason Stefanski
Director, Software and Controls; RedViking; Plymouth, Mich.
Jason Stefanski, 33
Director, Software and Controls
Education: MS Electrical Engineering, University of Toledo
Since Jason Stefanski started with RedViking, he has developed a team of highly skilled dynamic test systems engineers, including software, controls, electrical design, and fluid power engineering. This team is a critical part of the Flexible Transmission System project that was recently awarded a U.S. patent and was recognized for outstanding innovation in engineering. As a manager, Jason identifies the unique strengths of his team members and tasks them with projects where they will excel, encourages engineering skill cross-training, and models honesty with a strong work ethic. Jason designed the energy regeneration system for a set of U.S. Dept. of Defense helicopter transmission test systems that will reduce taxpayer spending on energy by millions of dollars.
Jason is a strong believer in teaching through demonstration, and he and his wife work to demonstrate charitable behavior to their children, including volunteering for the Salvation Army and making donations to a homeless shelter. Jason also uses his hobby, remote control helicopters, to teach his son about electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as patience and persistence. An engineer through and through, Jason named his first son "Diesel."
Why choose this career path?
Jason's father was an electrician, and he was always interested in his dad's work. Since his high school days, he's been interested in automation and how to program it.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey