VMAC Adds New Mechanical Engineer to R&D Team

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement NANAIMO, B.C. – VMAC, manufacturer of compact air compressor systems for the mobile-mechanic, tire service, utilities and construction industries, has appointed a new mechanical engineer to its research and development department: Mike Cummings, a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Victoria.   Prior to completing his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Cummings completed the Mechanical Engineering Technology program and the Bridge Program from Camosun College. His final design projects included a single-man hovercraft using a Rotax snowmobile engine and an autonomous walking robot capable of navigating through a course.     Cummings’ engineering background includes Mechanical Design Technologist (Marine) for advanced wastewater treatment system installations on cruise ships sailing to Alaska, the Mediterranean and Panama. He also has years of experience in metal fabrication, machining processes and sheet metal, all of which applied to manufacturing of brewery systems, ASME pressure vessels, processing equipment and wastewater and water treatment. Cummings is passionate about dirt biking and, in his free time, works on his own motorcycle and has rebuilt motors.   In his new role at VMAC, Cummings will focus on new product development. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

School Board Member Supports New Testing

first_imgTo provide more incentive for teachers to fine tune their lessons, their salaries may soon be tied to their students’ progress under a new federal program. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The state’s new Alaska Measures of Progress tests have caused some concern, particularly in homeschooling communities, but local School Board member Dan Castimore says he supports the new approach to student exams… Instead of grading a student based on their answers to one exam, the AMP tests will track a student’s progress throughout their schooling career and show how that child has grown. Some parents have resisted the idea of the state monitoring children so closely. Castimore said in order for teaching methods to improve, educators need to be able to see how students process their lessons. Castimore: “Well hopefully if it’s used right it will change dramatically because now teachers will know what their strength and weaknesses are, what they need to improve and what they do well, and at the same time parents will be able to say hey my kid is struggling in this category or in this section. And at the beginning of the year for the next teacher they’ll be able to evaluate all their students and say okay I know that Jimmy here needs to spend more time on fractions and they can start to tailor their program on the kids coming in.” Castimore: “The AMP test is actually going to start allowing us in the future to show the progress that a student has made. So if a student comes in to fifth grade and they’re reading at a third grade level and they move to a fifth grade level, that shows two years of growth. So maybe they’re not at a sixth grade level when they get to sixth grade but at least we’ve shown hey they’ve made two years worth of progress in one year and so we can start to show progress instead of just showing where they’re at right now.”last_img read more