Michael pretty much grew up on the water, spending countless hours either in a boat or on skis. He continued that passion at Purdue University by serving as captain of the water ski team (while earning a degree in industrial engineering technology) and in his career by taking a job with Smoker Craft in 2016. While the company has been building boats for more than a century, Michael has moved it into the new century, introducing Industry 4.0 processes and heading up the company’s automation development initiatives. The result? Company leaders say he has dramatically reduced production time and increased quality and consistency, adding, “Michael revolutionized a manufacturing process that has not changed in over 75 years.”
As Product Marketing Manager, Ashley helps Endress+Hauser clients across the county keep their plants running safely and smoothly. In a little less than eight years with the company, the Ivy Tech mechanical engineering grad has established herself as a strategic thinker who’s more than happy to roll up her sleeves and deliver client solutions on manufacturing floors where few women are found. Ashley’s employers describe her as an industry trailblazer and champion for women and – in a nod to her Syrian American heritage – minorities. She also is passionate about championing the importance of community college education, speaking recently at a national Society of Women Engineers on the value of her community college degree.
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John admits that, coming out of Eastbrook High School and heading off to Taylor University – where he earned a degree in physics and mathematics education – he was more focused on football than learning, but his first physics class “quickly flipped that.” Shortly after he earned his college degree, his high school alma mater lured him back with the offer to build a pre-engineering program. Today, that program is one of the school’s most popular offerings and is widely respected by his peers for its impact on students and their careers. Through partnerships with advanced manufacturing and logistics entities, he has successfully created authentic experiences and internships for his students that result in career, post-secondary and workforce readiness. School leaders say the program’s success is a direct result of John’s passion, ingenuity and ability to develop relationships and partnerships.
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