Leader Under 40: Chris Ashworth

Sr. R+D Engineer, Wilson Electronics - AAS Pre-Engineering, Dixie State College; BS, Brigham Young University; MS, Brigham Young University

11/07/2012


Chris Ashworth, Sr. R+D Engineer, Wilson Electronics - Control Engineering 2012 Leader Under 40Mr. Chris Ashworth, 32
Sr. R+D Engineer, Wilson Electronics
St. George, Utah

Academics

AAS Pre-Engineering, Dixie State College; BS, Brigham Young University; MS, Brigham Young University

Achievements

Ashworth participates in FCC Rulemaking 10-4 by developing technical rules for building an industry-acceptable consumer signal booster for cellular bands. The main issue regulates the automated control of a booster to minimize effects on the wireless network. He develops requirements for and design-in new integrated circuits, filters and modules. These developments have increased production yield, enabled new cellular bands and decreased power, cost and size of the product. These developments have lowered company costs by more than $1.8 million annually, according to Ashworth. He created a booster design calculator that has streamlined our design process, minimized filtering costs, maximized dynamic range and reduced the number of prototypes required to develop products. Ashworth led the design of 15 signal boosters from concept to manufacturing and production testing. He is also holds four provisional patents related to the design and automated control of signal boosters in a constantly-varying environment.

Non-work-related activity

Ashworth is president of a men’s church group with 45 members, ages 18 to 55. “This role gives me an opportunity to serve God, my community and to better myself,” said Ashworth. “I meet one-on-one with each group member, helping them set and achieve personal goals. I teach lessons, lead discussions and create opportunities for service and growth. I coordinate with other church auxiliary groups to plan and execute community emergency preparedness, activities and a support network for group members and their families, particularly those in difficult circumstances.”

Engineering-related activity

To help a friend and his startup company, Ashworth used signal boosters and antennas to establish better wireless connectivity. The company collects and transmits data at remote trash collection facilities. Products and solutions were implemented to combat poor cellular reception that the equipment was experiencing. This helped Ashworth learn more about the environment signal boosters operate in, particularly the required input dynamic range the boosters often experience. He is also a member of the Southern Utah University Electronics Advisory Board, which provides him with feedback and support as the university engineering technology department seeks to achieve accreditation.

Interesting details

Ashworth served a two-year religious volunteer mission in South Korea. He learned to speak and read Korean, made friends, and came to love the culture and food. He served as a leader and presided over twenty other volunteers of diverse ethnicities. He overcame his natural shyness as he daily initiated conversations with strangers and taught group discussions. Ashworth also led a group of four engineers as they designed and built a software radio and directional antennas for their university senior project. Their group integrated software and hardware designs and won a competition against four other teams.

Began interest

Each summer during Ashworth’s university career he worked at Wilson Electronics. The personal mentoring he received in these internships helped him grow in confidence and interest in his field. Ashworth began as a rework technician, asking questions about how and why things were designed the way they were. Because he enjoys finding simple solutions to complex problems, building and designing bi-directional repeaters and working with RF this is a field he has enjoyed. Ashworth continues to enjoy his employment at Wilson Electronics as it offers many levels of control problems to solve as he leads projects from concept to manufacturing.



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
The true cost of lubrication: Three keys to consider when evaluating oils; Plant Engineering Lubrication Guide; 11 ways to protect bearing assets; Is lubrication part of your KPIs?
Contract maintenance: 5 ways to keep things humming while keeping an eye on costs; Pneumatic systems; Energy monitoring; The sixth 'S' is safety
Transport your data: Supply chain information critical to operational excellence; High-voltage faults; Portable cooling; Safety automation isn't automatic
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Maintaining low data center PUE; Using eco mode in UPS systems; Commissioning electrical and power systems; Exploring dc power distribution alternatives
Synchronizing industrial Ethernet networks; Selecting protocol conversion gateways; Integrating HMIs with PLCs and PACs
Why manufacturers need to see energy in a different light: Current approaches to energy management yield quick savings, but leave plant managers searching for ways of improving on those early gains.

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.