2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Ken Kao, 30
Product Sales Manager, Advantech, Cincinnati, Ohio
Ken Kao, 30
Product Sales Manager; Advantech, Cincinnati, Ohio
BS Electrical Engineering, Tamkang University
Since Kao was hired in 2013 to be the product sales manager of the IIoT Industrial Communication line of products, there has been double-digit growth, bringing in over one million dollars to Advantech. Kao led the customization product development for the world's largest diesel freight locomotive company. Kao spent 2 years designing products based on the user's critical requirements for their on-board communication system in the new generation gasoline and diesel hybrid locomotive. Kao's previous job in the enterprise networking industry brings a lot of experience to the Industrial Ethernet Networking division, which contributed to the success of networking technology development in Industry Automation, Intelligent Transportation, Renewable Energy, Manufacturing, and Security markets. In his spare time, Kao enjoys cars and regularly visits car museums and studies automotive history. Kao also enjoys cycling along trails and nature paths.
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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.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey