Sample Resume: Bridges
MICHAEL A. BRIDGES
Versatile, creative, goal-oriented individual who has a strong commitment to developing and nurturing relationships with clients and fellow employees. Expertise in redesigning systems, processes, and products to reduce costs and increase efficiency. Has gained considerable manufacturing experience, designing and improving systems that link the needs of marketing, sales, and operations to a strategy for entering emerging markets and new business applications. Enjoys the challenge presented by new situations, opportunities, and problems. Wants to help build and grow a foundation within an organization by combining business, consulting, and manufacturing experiences.
Engineering Manager--SGL Carbon Composites, Inc., Gardena, CA. 10/95-Present. In charge of Engineering Department, new product development and process redesign/improvements for the Materials & Fabrication Factory. Responsible for oversight of the Factory's capital projects and Engineering Department budget. Other duties include overall process and manufacturing support for Materials processes and general support for sales and marketing. Integrated engineering, marketing, sales, purchasing and operations using cross-functional teams to improve the product development process. As part of the Factory's strategy team, developed a plan to transition the Factory from an MRO to an OEM supplier of high-temperature insulation products. Accomplishment include:
Reduced the cost of manufacture for commercial grade silica products by 35 percent through a combination of process redesigns, new raw materials, and creation of accurate product cost profiles. This effort required the design and implementation of a new process line that encompassed several unit operations into one process unit.
Represented engineering and maintenance departments' interests in the revitalization effort of a 50-year-old factory that produces high-temperature insulation materials through the use of chemical leaching and high-temperature heat-treating. This required a rethinking of all processes and systems to transition the factory from a traditional job shop to a commercially oriented continuous manufacturing facility.
Used QFD techniques to hone product characteristics to the needs of the customer. This work became the driving force for the development of a novel patent-pending manufacturing process. This process was implemented first by scaling-up successful laboratory experiments to pilot-scale then to production scale.
Created a new silica product to replace ceramic fiber-based products. This effort was part of a cross-functional team that coordinated marketing, engineering, and operations to identify new manufacturing lines and outsourcing opportunities for entrance into new insulation markets.
Increased production flexibility and reduced time from development to manufacturing through the use of Taguchi experimental design techniques. Reduced development time from 2-3 months to 5 days.
Consultant--Radian Corporation, El Segundo, CA. 4/90-10/95. As an environmental engineering consultant, worked with Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies in developing solutions to their environmental compliance problems. Directed and participated in teams consisting of engineers, scientists, and managers. Consulted for a variety of industries and sectors including aerospace, chemical, refining, waste disposal, research, electronics, and government. Commonly participated in proposal development and negotiations. Significant accomplishments include:
Supervised implementation of pilot-scale fluidized bed biological reactor at a Southern California Refinery. Effort included managing on-site consultants, refinery maintenance and operations personnel, as well as process vendors.
Director of a $2 million refinery closure project. Developed a novel remediation process that met the client and State's needs. Oversaw pilot-scale design and implementation of process. Results of testing were used as the basis for the full-scale clean-up design.
On-site consultant for a Major Southern California refinery. Consulted in-house for two years in the Environmental department, providing guidance to the refinery's staff and project management for several ongoing remediation and process improvement projects.
Led a national audit program of hazardous waste facilities. To meet the needs of the client created standard reporting and auditing protocol. Managed and coordinated staff from Radian's offices throughout the United States.
Computer Programmer--Mendocino Associates, Pasadena, CA. 9/86-7/88. Working with marketing and management personnel, created database management applications for an optical equipment manufacturer. Applications included a computerized lens catalog and optical hardware selection system used for marketing at conferences and as a product catalog supplement.
Management Projects--Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management Center, Claremont, CA. While at the Drucker Center, participated in the following out-of-class projects:
Lee Kum Kee (Product Innovation): Performed brand analysis and customer interviews for a Chinese sauce manufacturer in support of their strategy to enter the mainstream US market.
Hitco Technologies (Marketing Management): Distributor system evaluation included surveys and interviews. Linked findings to customer needs.
Discussion Leader--Drucker International Fellows Program, Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management Center, Claremont, CA. 6/96-8/96. Helped international students enrolled in the MBA program to improve their English conversational skills.
Graduate Research Assistant--University of Washington: Chemical Engineering Dept., Seattle, WA. 1/90-3/90. Determined evaporation rates for a variety of experimental and commercially available pesticide formulations for a chemical manufacturer.
Student Research Assistant--University of California at Davis: Toxics Reduction and Analysis Project, Davis, CA. 4/86-9/88. Managed a team of students in the development of the 1986 Waste Stream Description Report database for the California Department of Health Services: Alternative Technology Division. This database was used to identify potential sites for waste treatment facilities and to quantify the amount and types of wastes disposed of by California industries.
Student Cooperative--IBM: Disk Development-Etching Group, San Jose, CA. 1/87-7/87. Developed a new disk substrate etching process that eliminated a quarter of the chemicals and improved etching performance. Incorporated and balanced the needs of several other groups (upstream and downstream) in designing the process. Implemented the process to the manufacturing floor.
Summer Research Assistant--California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. 6/84-9/84. Participated in the 1984 Summer Olympics/City of Los Angeles sponsored study of smog flow in the Los Angeles Basin.
MBA: CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY, Peter F. Drucker Management School, 1998.
M.S.: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, Chemical Engineering, 1990.
B.S.: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT DAVIS, Chemical Engineering, 1988.
Professional Engineer (Chemical): State of California, CH 4973.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Milken Family Fellow. Independent Colleges of Southern California. 1996-1997.
Argyros Scholar. Independent Colleges of Southern California. 1995-1996.
Individual Achievement Award. Radian Corporation. 1995.
"Telling the Story, Selling the Game." Diamonds in the Desert International Baseball Conference. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. March 18-21, 1998.
Davis, E.J., Bridges, M.A. "The Rayleigh Limit of Charge Revisited: Light Scattering From Exploding Droplets." Journal of Aerosol Science. 25. 1994. 1179-1199.
Measurement of Surface Tension using an Electrodynamic Balance. MS Dissertation, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, Washington (1990). Highly charged aerosol droplets were trapped in an electrodynamic balance. Optical resonance spectroscopy (Mie scattering from a He-Ne laser) was used to measure the surface tension of aerosol droplets. Measured surface tensions were compared to Lord Rayleigh's stability theory for an electrified conducting liquid drop.
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