| Engineers Nominated By The Society of Manufacturing Engineers |
Pedro Martinez, a manufacturing engineer with Baker Oil Tools in Maracaibo, Venezuela, studies components to be manufactured and makes the best use of the resources of their facility. Martinez designs different fixtures for computer numerical control machines to improve productivity, efficiency and quality. He is a member of the Continuous Improvement team. Martinez led a team of people from various departments while working on the construction of a hydrostatic test facility. He was in charge of the issues related to construction of the facility recreating the conditions of pressure that the tools will experience once they are set in the oil well.
Robert St. Louis, EIT
Robert St. Louis, EIT, a mechanical engineer, works as a Mechanical Research Assistant at the Clemson Engineering Technologies Laboratory in Anderson, South Carolina.
St. Louis was the first mechanical engineer on staff at the Clemson Engineering Technologies Laboratory. He aided in development of a mechanical design center that includes a full machine shop, rapid prototyping, and reverse engineering facilities. He provided engineering analysis and design of experiments, and created machine drawings and equipment plans for many of the Department of Energy projects being conducted at the laboratory.
One such project at the laboratory required a complicated turbine design for mixing chemicals. The turbine was stainless steel requiring a computer controlled end mill that was unavailable at the time. To keep the project moving, the turbine was rapid prototyped out of plastic using a three dimensional model created on computer software. This was a fast, inexpensive temporary solution due to the corrosiveness of the chemicals the turbine mixed. But it worked while the computer model was converted into code to be read by the computer controlled end mill. It took just over an hour to print the plastic turbine on a rapid prototyper and it took roughly 40 hours to create the code for the end mill and to machine the turbine. It would have taken 3 to 4 times as long on a standard end mill. St. Louis is also a member of ASME, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Staci Williams, a manufacturing engineer, is a Manufacturing Program Manager with Raytheon Company in Largo, Florida.
Williams is a Certified Raytheon Six Sigma Expert supporting the implementation of six sigma, a continuous improvement process, across the Largo facility. Her work includes design for manufacturability/testability, contracts, supply chain management, production, and customer relations. She focuses on reducing the cycle time to deliver products to the customer. Williams reengineers both manufacturing and business processes.
Her work was selected as a finalist for the 2003 Corporate Raytheon Six Sigma Chairman’s Award and a finalist for the 2003 Network Centric Systems (NCS) Quality Excellence Award. In 2004, she received the NCS Excellence in Operations Award. Earlier this year she was selected among Network Centric Systems’ top 100 employees. Williams is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and an active member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.