2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: John Glenski
Senior Controls Engineer; Process Plus; Cincinnati, Ohio
John Glenski, 32
Senior Controls Engineer
Education: BS Electrical Engineering, University of Dayton
John Glenski led the programming and design effort for the installation of multiple process mixing systems, and packaging lines, across two geographically-diverse locations in the United States. Building on a strong relationship with the client, it was recognized that an existing legacy controls system would need re-controlling for project success. John oversaw the addition of that re-control (raw material delivery system, additional mixing systems) seamlessly into the project, now totaling over 5,000 I/O points. The entire design of the system incorporated advanced Ethernet communications and networking among PLC, I/O, VFD, HMI, and the client's legacy control system, which the rest of the facility still utilized.
John spiritedly works to further the community around the University of Cincinnati, including personally renovating two turn-of-the-century dilapidated homes near the university and turning those homes into properties that he actively rents. A husband and father of three girls under the age of six, John strives to get his girls interested in engineering and the sciences by including them on numerous building projects around the house, including the most recent: a full-size cedar seesaw.
Why choose this career path?
John's interest in engineering, specifically electronics, began relatively early in life. As the youngest child of nine, he discovered many old discarded electronic devices in his parents' attic, including a rotary phone. These devices were available to disassemble, and this investigation sparked his original interest. Pursuing electrical engineering in college, the ability to control a device and have that device directly benefit people is what drove John into the process controls field and sustains his passion today.
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