2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Hunter Longshore, 33
R&D Professional—Control Systems Engineer; Sandvik Mining; Alachua, Fla.; BS Electrical Engineering, University of Florida
Hunter Longshore, 33
R&D Professional—Control Systems Engineer; Sandvik Mining; Alachua, Fla.
BS Electrical Engineering, University of Florida
Longshore is a talented, detail-oriented, and hands-on control systems engineer at Sandvik Mining. Having taken a system lead role at the Sandvik Automation Modules (SAM) product line, he has responsibility for upgrades, rollouts, investigating issues, providing hot fixes, and other primary tasks related to SAM. Additionally, he has undertaken mine visits where he engages the end user to suggest new features and capabilities as well as conducting troubleshooting and training sessions. Longshore has led several training classes within the Sandvik factory in Florida to educate shop floor personnel whenever new features are released and how to test. While studying at the University of Florida, Longshore found a genuine interest in mechatronics and dedicated one of his senior projects to developing closed-loop control motor driver boards for a three-axis computerized numerical control machine. Additionally, during his college career, he spent a couple of summers in South Africa working at a robotics lab where he was introduced to machine controls. Aside from work, Longshore is also an avid cyclist and runner, often training with his co-workers for off-road cycling events and half marathons.
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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