2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Justin Robinson, PE, CAP, 30

Performance Excellence Specialist, MAVERICK Technologies; Columbia, Ill.; BS Chemical Engineering, Auburn University


Justin RobinsonJustin Robinson, PE, CAP, 30
Performance Excellence Specialist, MAVERICK Technologies; Columbia, Ill.
BS Chemical Engineering, Auburn University

Robinson has experience working in an array of industrial manufacturing industries, on various distributed control system (DCS) platforms, and in multiple roles on MAVERICK project teams. Robinson has led significant DCS and human-machine interface (HMI) migration projects. He also supports coaching and mentoring of team members, and he is the subject-matter expert of high-performance graphics within MAVERICK, supporting the technical leadership of projects. Robinson started his career with MAVERICK as a process control engineer. He has since been promoted from Engineer I, Engineer II, and senior engineer to a principal engineer within 7 years due to his technical expertise, leadership, and customer support dedication. He is a licensed professional engineer as well as a certified automation professional (CAP), and he has led multiple roundtable presentations at industry conferences. Robinson was most recently promoted to a new role as a performance excellence specialist. In this role, Robinson leads company-wide initiatives for knowledge management—a process of capturing, developing, sharing, and effectively using organizational knowledge—to lead the continued improvements in standardization and information sharing at MAVERICK. Robinson says that learning new things is the most fulfilling aspect of this career. Professionally, he enjoys learning coding, languages, processes, controls platforms, or work processes. When he is not working, Robinson enjoys playing guitar with his church’s worship band as well as expanding his cooking and “handyman” skill sets.

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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.

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