2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Simon Drexler, 32
Director, Industrial Solutions, OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath, Kitchener, Ontario
Simon Drexler, 32
Director, Industrial Solutions; OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath, Kitchener, Ontario
B.SC, University of Waterloo
MBA, Wilfred Laurier University
Prior to Clearpath, Drexler worked at ATS Automation. Over a span of 8 years, he managed the execution of multi-faceted industrial automation programs for some of the world's largest companies with project teams exceeding 70 people and operating 24/7. At Clearpath, Drexler leads the evolution of the OTTO industrial product line by overseeing the market strategy, product development roadmap, and program execution. His mission is to provide efficiency-driven operators focused on growth, with premium intelligent materials handling systems that will yield a greater ROI than anything else on the market. Upon the launch of the OTTO 1500 self-driving vehicle, Drexler championed the design and engineering of the patent-pending LED light system. Most recently, Drexler was named Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine's Pro to Know for 2016. Outside of his work at OTTO Motors, Drexler volunteers his time as a business analyst to mentor budding entrepreneurs at a Canadian-based start-up incubator. He also enjoys ice hockey, mountain biking, and is currently training to participate in Tough Mudder.
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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