2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Alan Polk, 34

Controls + Automation Western Region Leader, Hargrove Controls + Automation, Houston

09/15/2016


Alan Polk, 34
Controls + Automation Western Region Leader; Hargrove Controls + Automation, Houston
BS Chemical Engineering, University of South Alabama

Alan started at Hargrove 6 years ago and has been integral to the company's growth by demonstrating his leadership in recruiting, developing business relationships, and executing major automation projects. His expertise in the field, passion for mentoring, and ability to lead large teams made him an ideal candidate to spearhead Hargrove C+A's western region expansion. Alan has over 10 years of experience in process control system design, configuration, and commissioning. His knowledge includes control optimized process design, control system specification, system configuration, project commissioning, project management, control system networking and security, and root cause analysis. He is a licensed professional engineer in Alabama and Texas. Alan is responsible for Hargrove's automation activities at the Baton Rouge, Beaumont, Houston, and Memphis offices. He oversees resource management, proposal activity, customer relationship development, project management, and project execution. Hargrove was named #55 in Control Engineering's 2015 list of System Integrator Giants in large part thanks to Alan's contribution and leadership. Outside of work Alan enjoys teaching English as a Second Language bible studies.



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Electrical standards, robots and Lean manufacturing, and how an aluminum packaging plant is helping community growth.
April 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
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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.

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