2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Vikram Kumar, 30
President, EZAutomation, AVG Automation, Bettendorf, Iowa
Vikram Kumar, 30
President; EZAutomation, AVG Automation, Bettendorf, Iowa
BS Electrical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
Kumar started at AVG in 2007 where he initially was responsible for manufacturing products. He then got involved in procurement/sourcing of electrical components and plastic material whereby he saved the company millions of dollars in material sourcing. After managing operations on the back end for a few years, Kumar got involved in the sales and marketing of industrial control products. Through his hard work and eagerness to learn industrial controls inside and out, he visited and spoke to hundreds of customers, selling to various industries which now represent some of AVG's largest clients. After conquering the sales and marketing aspect of the business, Kumar got involved in financing activities and general management. Kumar is now the president and acting CEO of AVG Automation. Kumar is actively involved in political events hosted by the Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC). He is one of the founding members of the nonprofit organization which is focused primarily around building a strong, effective, and respected Hindu American voice across the country. Kumar is involved in this committee to show young Indian Americans that their voices do matter.
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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