Published on February 19, 2014
Brian D. Wilson PE, CMfgE, CSEP Senior Engineering Leader - VP / Senior Director Engineering Excellence & Optimization Business Strategy & Vision Matrixed Team Management 25+ years of innovative product development and engineering experience spanning the entire product life cycle, with deep diagnostic instrumentation development capabilities. Leadership over design, development, verification and validation of complex projects to ensure the timely completion of products at projected costs within specified performance parameters. o Project (technical) and program (business) management skills. Multitasking prowess to handle multiple business priorities simultaneously and prioritize and complete work within deadlines. Forecasted staffing requirements across functional units; developed resource strategies, allocated budgets, staff, tools, and specialized support needed for cost-effective operations. Experience leading complex, multifunctional, matrixed project teams and managed scientific, engineering, technical and product development staff. o Experience managing, coaching and developing a team and function. Demonstrated ability to lead an organization through large scale change, making groups cohesive, and setting corporate standards. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to facilitate and engage crossfunctional project teams. Establish and approve operational objectives and assignments, delegating assignments to staff. Passionate about developing and launching systems and products that exceed customer expectations and thrill the user. Enjoy providing staff challenging opportunities that are rewarding, enjoyable, and result in their personal career growth. Education: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA Master of Science Mechanical Engineering, 1984 - National Science Foundation Fellow University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering, 1983 - Valedictorian College of Engineering Professional Experience: Beckman-Coulter, Chaska, MN 1992 - Present Director, Systems Engineering/ Center Manager Platform Development, 2007 - Present Engineering Lead and functional Director for Systems Engineering to create a fully automated sample to answer molecular diagnostic clinical laboratory instrument system. Managed a cross-functional team across multiple US geographies of up to 65 people (direct & indirect). Direct program responsibility for systems, mechanical, electrical, software, reliability and value engineering groups. System architect for this new instrument which forms the foundation of a new corporate product and technology line. Utilized concurrent development of reagents, hardware, software and manufacturing processes. Personally accountable for breadboards and prototypes, system requirements development, characterization and verification testing, and design transfer. Because of the need for heavy cross geography and function communication, utilized multiple electronic collaboration tools and DFSS methodologies. Assembled/Hired new staff, had new facilities constructed, and instituted new procedures. Implemented daily management and a lean product development process. Center Manager Platform Development, 2005 - 2007
Engineering (ME, EE) and Systems Engineering department manager. Responsible for all hardware platform development activities for the Immunodiagnostics Development Center ($800MM/year), staff of 40+. Achievement highlights include being the development lead for the DxI600, a mid-volume immunoassay instrument from conception through product validation and 510K. Responsible for immunoassay activities on a new high volume clinical chemistry/immunoassay analyzer combination instruments, (DxC880i family), from concept through design control. Personally designed unique hardware including liquid pipetting gantries, linear and rotational motion based subsystems and developed systems engineering documentation. Responsible for on-going reliability improvements for our flagship high volume analyzer reducing after sales cost of service by 46%. Implemented new project and labor tracking systems, electronic training records and structures within my departments. Continuous quality improvements also yielded successful internal and external audits (including ISO, and FDA) with no findings. Member of the site’s mentoring core team, served as a formal and informal mentor. Manager / Group Manager Hardware Engineering, 2000 - 2004 Responsible for mechanical engineering, hardware reliability and model shop organizations. Launched a major new immunoassay platform, the DxI800 which is the fastest immunoassay system in the world. Milestones such as 510(k) and design transfer completed on schedule. Participated on the product’s early response team and helped initial calendar year placements grow 512% over target. Improved manufacturing processes reducing time in the instrument’s final test process by 81%. Personally responsible for product consumables and led a major effort to replace resins in our reagent packs and reaction vessels. Activities included chemical compatibility and revalidation of all assays, mechanical properties, reliability testing, and moldability and mold qualification. Designed subsystems including an accessory cart and a pipettor to support laboratory automation. Successfully integrated many new hires into the workgroup, held milestone recognitions, established meaningful development plans, and served as a communication conduit to my staff. Manager / Senior Mechanical Engineer (Beckman/Sanofi Diagnostics Pasteur), 1992 - 2000 Responsible for development of, and improvement to, automated blood testing instruments. Accountable for technical analysis, design, team building, scheduling, and vendor interactions. Lead engineering projects from conceptualization through manufacturing and field support. Deployed products including a suite of sample management items including a robotic automation interface, sample trays, collection kits, a new instrument variation utilizing a new ultrasonic pipette (Access II), bulk fluids supply and mechanical assemblies for cost and reliability improvement. Design tools used include Pro-Engineer, Mechanical, Pro-Interlink, MS-Project and other PC applications. Completed objectives include bringing manufacturability and support issues forward in the development cycle, improving instrument part configuration control processes, capital tooling release and control procedures, and product documentation flow. Efforts improved processes, increased yields, and assisted the company in achieving ISO 9001 certification and value engineering efforts resulted in savings of 40% in unburdened part costs. Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, Inc. Minneapolis, MN 1990 - 1992 Director, Technology Transfer Programs Assisted companies with new product development, manufacturing modernization, and the introduction of new processes. Directed programs to assist area businesses in licensing federal technologies and leveraging resources. Created and hosted technical training classes. Reviewed client product designs, wrote and reviewed technical proposals. Identified client needs through surveys, interactions, and advisory committees.
Established a client base of over 300 companies and successfully assisted them in locating, obtaining, and implementing available federal technology and technical contracts. U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 1988 - 1990 Universal Technology Corporation, OH Program Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, Directorate of Manufacturing Technology Responsible for the identification, development and execution of the Air Force's advanced machining and machine tool programs. Directed the development of a new machine tool control system, sensor applications, flexible repair cell, and manufacturing software projects. Identified needs, secured funding, managed requests for proposals, selected sources, drafted and supervised various types of contracts. Supervised a staff of 3 and became the single focal point for all Air Force advanced machining R&D. U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 1984 - 1988 Mechanical Engineer, Deputy for Engineering (Active Duty Captain) Senior engineer for munitions handling trailers used in support of the B-52 and B-1 aircraft systems. Responsibilities included defining and conducting qualification testing (accelerated life, climatic, structural); producing test, analysis, and manufacturing documentation to achieve nuclear certification; mechanism and fixture design; and managing engineering change activities. Coordinated requirements and suggestions from using organizations into updated equipment designs. Fielded qualified equipment in time to meet an accelerated B-1 program schedule. Lead support systems engineer for the Short Range Attack Missile II. Responsible for the support equipment engineering efforts during the missiles' development phase including specifying and evaluating mechanical devices, electrical test equipment, and human factors engineering. Directed a corrosion control tiger team on the Ground Launched Cruise Missile. Supervised a staff of five to correct corrosion problems seen by users Additional Training: Managerial Strategy Development Team Leadership Building trust Corporate Lifecycles Interviewing Contract management Project Management Organizational Structure Coaching Leadership Styles Employment Law Squadron Officers School Technical Decision tools Solidworks DOE Pro-Engineer Product design for Mfg Practical Plastics Lean product development DFSS Green Belt GDP and ISO Pro-Interlink Die Casting, Powder Metallurgy Non-destructive Inspection Publications, Patents, Honors and Memberships: Fifteen publications on machine tool control, factory automation, job shop automation, and robotics Nine issued patents relating to diagnostic instrumentation; Ten patents pending Licensed Engineer, Certified Manufacturing Engineer, Certified Systems Engineering Professional Three times awarded Beckman-Coulter Excellence in Innovation Award (2005, 2008, 2013) Beckman-Coulter Inventor Hall of Fame (2013) Beckman-Coulter President’s Game Ball Sanofi Diagnostics President’s Award Manufacturing Technology Director’s Award USC Order of the Palm Member of the International Council on Systems Engineering and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Instructor for the Manufacturer’s Alliance. Professional references upon request
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