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Future 30: Meeting the next challenges

Manufacturing’s future is in the hands of people like the 2010 Future 30 honorees. That’s good news for manufacturing.


By Bob Vavra, Content Manager

2010 Future 30The 2010 Future 30 nominees highlighted in [the September 2010] issue [of Plant Engineering] all have one thing in common: They have only one thing in common.

For example, they’re all graduates of major university engineering programs. Except that many of them have come in through the community college ranks, or through the military.

They’re all focused on plant floor manufacturing operations. Except that they’re also focused on supply chain, safety, logistics and all of the other disciplines that contribute to a successful manufacturing operation.

They’re all Rust Belt workers doing traditional manufacturing in the footsteps of their fathers. Except that some have come to the professional through examinations of their skill sets and the potential manufacturing holds to enhance and grow those skill sets.

And, they’re all men. Except that many of them are women.

They’re at big plants and small, major organizations and a couple that don’t get big press but make up the backbone of American manufacturing. They work hard every day and contribute to the regrowth in manufacturing.

The 2010 Future 30 honorees

Kevin Allenbaugh, 25

Apprectice Mechanic, Gallo Glass

    Education: Six maintenance related classes at the local junior college, and he will be taking more to get his journeyman certification

    Kevin’s contribution: “Kevin snuck into our apprenticeship program without having much seniority, and thankfully he did. He has the ability, drive, and desire to address many outstanding maintenance issues while still being an apprentice.”

Jasmeet Singh Arora, 24

Industrial Engineer, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

    Years in Company: 2.5

    Education: B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and a diploma in Mechanical Engineering

    Why a career in manufacturing? ”In my 2.5 years of industrial experience I have worked on various projects i.e., time-motion study for work content calculation which is further used for manpower allocation, line balancing, capacity enhancement and de-bottelnecking.”

Neil Barnas, Captain, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Office, U.S. Air ForceNeil Barnas, 31

Captain, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Office, U.S. Air Force

    Years in Company: 7

    Education: Penn State, Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering, 2010

    Why a career in manufacturing? “Systems engineering is a hot topic in the Air Force, and it’s a discipline that has always made a lot of sense to me. The Penn State systems engineering master’s program was the perfect avenue to fulfill my own interests and to help the USAF improve its acquisition processes. The main reasons I chose Penn State were the program’s schedule and school’s reputation for excellence. I really wanted a quality education that would make a difference in my career. Penn State really sets itself apart in that regard.

    “As a military officer and acquisition professional, this degree will help me and the USAF develop and field aircraft, weapons and systems that meet the war fighter’s needs on time and on schedule. The complexity of these weapons systems seems to grow exponentially. Managing that complexity is perhaps the greatest challenge we face. This degree has provided me the tools and experience I need to meet that challenge.”

Matthew Bates, 30

    Years in Company: 7

    Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University

    Matthew’s contributions: “Matthew’s philosophy is ‘Safety, Quality, Then Productivity,’” said David Abbott, Bates’ supervisor at Toshiba. “This mindset paired with strong leadership skills, dedication to employee development, and a push for incorporating new technology and manufacturing techniques has led him to great accomplishments. Currently, he’s a team leader working to change the plant from high volume low mix product to low volume, high mix product and setting up the plant to double the maximum size of Toshiba motors. He’s also changing processes to reduce plant emissions and energy costs.”

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