2012 Leader Under 40: Kim Kallstrom, 35

Coordinator II/Program Administrator, The Reliability and Maintainability Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

09/11/2012


Kim Kallstrom, Coordinator II/Program Administrator, The Reliability & Maintainability Center at the University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleKim Kallstrom, 35

Coordinator II/Program Administrator, The Reliability and Maintainability Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Years at The Reliability and Maintainability Center:  7

Education: BA Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Boston University; MS Administration—Logistics Management, Georgia College and State University

Kim’s contributions

“Kim is the program administrator for the Reliability and Maintainability Center (RMC), an industry-supported center within UT’s College of Engineering,” said Klaus Blache, center director at the RMC. “She has been associated with the RMC for several years in various roles, such as reliability and maintainability (R+M) internship coordinator and chairman for the annual conference. Kim’s experience with real-world maintenance situations as a former lean consultant and aircraft maintenance officer (USAF) makes her a perfect fit for the RMC. With an ongoing combination of training, placing students in R+M internships, research projects, benchmarking studies, and conferences/member meetings, it is critical to have the right person managing day-to-day activities.”

Why a career in manufacturing?

“My career allows me to impact manufacturing daily. By matching interns with our member companies, I am securing the future of manufacturing by ensuring that the incoming workforce has the skills needed to hit the ground running. Through RMC training, I get to help keep the existing manufacturing workforce current. As the Maintenance and Reliability Conference (MARCON) coordinator, I get to bring together reliability and maintenance professionals in manufacturing and other disciplines to benchmark one another and share lessons learned and new technology. World-class companies need world-class R+M, and I get to help companies achieve that success.”



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Product of the Year
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System Integrator of the Year
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
February 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
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SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
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April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
February 2018
Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
December 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
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December 2017
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

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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

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