I grew up in Moorhead, MN and studied Industrial Engineering at NDSU. After graduation I stayed in Fargo working for Case New Holland as an Industrial Engineer. I then moved to Minneapolis to work with Target as a Project Analyst in Store Operations. In that role I assed implications of store process changes to help Target make the right decisions for the chain. Currently I am applying my IE skillset in a new way working with big data, analytics, and reporting. I was involved with IISE as a student at NDSU and have enjoyed being on the board as a professional since 2012. Outside of work, I love the outdoors and being active. I enjoy snowboarding, broomball, and traveling.
UTC Aerospace Systems
I am originally from Roseville, MN and attended college at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND earning a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management. I currently work at Carley Foundry in Blaine, MN as a Process Engineer developing tooling and processes to produce aluminum castings for the aerospace, medical device and recreational vehicle industries. My past work has been at other local foundries working with iron, steel, aluminum and magnesium alloys and in positions including Production Control, Quality Engineering (CQE) and Facility Engineering. I really enjoy my work in the foundry industry applying the latest engineering methods and tools to an industry that has been around for thousands of years. Throughout my career I have been able to apply my core IE skills such as time studies, facility design and layout, ergonomics, engineering economics, production control, and project management.
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
I am from Omaha Nebraska and earned my BSIE at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I have worked in the manufacturing and retail sector spanning over 10 years. I started my career at Minnesota Diversified Industries as an Industrial Engineer (Work Measurement, Process Improvement, Packaging Design, Quality). I spent the next 2 years with Starkey Labs and worked as a Manufacturing Field Support Engineer (Process Improvements). I moved back to Lincoln Nebraska and worked at Kawasaki in Lincoln Nebraska where I was a Quality Engineer. Prior to joining Stratasys I was at Target where I had two roles; Project Analyst (Time and Field Studies improving processes within the four walls of a Target store) and Project Lead (Business Case Development, Project Management Coaching, 6 Sigma Consulting).
I started with Stratasys in 2013 as a Quality Engineer. I develop and maintain internal quality systems that ensure conformance to Stratasys customer and regulatory standards. Continuously improve products, services and systems aimed at exceeding customer expectations, improving quality, identifying efficiencies and reducing total cost.
I enjoy staying active all year round. I enjoy wakeboarding, snowboarding and any intramurals (softball, kickball, volleyball, etc). Most of all I enjoy spending time with friends and family.
I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 2013. During my time at Iowa State I was fortunate to intern with several companies including MTS Systems In Eden Prairie and with Boston Scientific in Maple Grove. After graduation I came back to work at Boston Scientific, Maple Grove Operations as an Industrial Engineer. I currently support the final packaging production unit with all industrial engineering functions, along with facilitating Lean training courses within the our site. I have also been a student and professional member of IIE since 2008 and look forward to supporting the vision of the Twin Cities chapter of IIE moving forward!
Outside of work I enjoy golfing, biking and playing men’s league hockey as well as spending time at my family cabin up north on the “Iron Range”.
I was born and raised in Hinsdale, Illinois, a suburb to the west of Chicago. My parents and my 14-year-old sister still live in that area. I decided to take on an adventure and move to the West Coast for college. I received both my BS and MS degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California. I interned at Target’s Import Warehouse in Rialto, California during the summer after my junior year. Following graduation, I moved back to the Midwest to work at Target Headquarters. I was part of a rotational program called the Supply Chain Executive-in-Training program for my first nine months with the company. Afterwards, I joined the Merchandise Flow team within the Distribution pyramid, facilitating the efficient flow of product through Target’s supply chain.
Outside of work, I love running, traveling, and trying new restaurants. I ran my first half marathon in 2013 and recently completed a full marathon in Chicago. I hope to run several other marathons around the country. In my travel experiences, some of my favorite places that I have been to are Rome, Cinque Terre, Stockholm, and Shanghai. My goal is to visit all 50 US states and all seven continents in my lifetime.
I received my degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University. Go Cyclones! After graduation, I moved to Minneapolis and worked for UPS as an Industrial Engineering Supervisor. After 2 years there, I moved to Target as a Process Engineer. I’ve now spent the past 9 years at Target and have held various project management roles. I’m currently part of the Transportation team where my focus is providing superior service within our supply chain while managing costs. I have experience applying Lean and Six Sigma methodologies in retail and supply chain environments.
Outside of work I’m an avid soccer player and fan. I’m a Minnesota Public Radio sustaining member and enjoy going to concerts across the cities, but in particular at First Avenue. I also enjoy scuba diving and am currently planning a trip to Machu Picchu for my honeymoon.
I am originally from Eden Prairie, MN. After high school I decided to attend Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering. In college I had an internship with the hospital products division of Abbott Laboratories in Chicago, IL where I got my first real world experience in Industrial Engineering. Working there made me passionate about working in the medical device industry. I really enjoy knowing that somehow my work may positively impact a product that will be a benefit to someone else's life.
Out of college I started working as an Industrial Engineer for Boston Scientific in Maple Grove, MN and have been here for the past 7 years supporting Operations and the Product Life Cycle Process. I joined the professional chapter of IIE Twin Cities after graduating college and have been on the Board of Directors ever since. I have held the roles of Communications Director, Membership Director and Newsletter Director. I have really enjoyed my roles on the Board of Directors as it has allowed me to flex my creative muscle and interact with the chapter members. It has been fun to see the chapter grow and strengthen over the years.
I currently live in Plymouth, MN with my husband and our energetic two year old son!
I graduated from Iowa State with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 2010 and I have been working with UPS in Minneapolis since then. I have held various roles in operations improvement, work measurement, and planning within the Industrial Engineering department. I was very involved with our IIE student chapter at Iowa State and I am excited to join the board and be more involved with the Twin Cities chapter! Outside of work I like to swim, read, and work on the many projects I have pinned on Pinterest. I also love to bake any kind of sweets…especially cupcakes!
Social Media Director
I am originally from Danville, PA and graduated with a BS in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. During my time in school, I had internships at H.B. Maynard (Industrial Engineering Consulting Firm) and Danaher Controls. After graduation, I moved to Minnesota (for what was supposed to be 9 months!) to work for Eaton in their Hydraulics Division. I was in a rotational program for Industrial Engineers and spent my first rotation as a Lean Coordinator in a manufacturing plant. After that, I held roles as a Supply Chain Analyst and a Buyer. Currently, I’m employed at Target HQ where my first role was a Distribution Operations Analyst. I recently took a new role as a Senior Logistics Analyst, where I closely partner with our Merchandising Teams and Distribution Centers to help efficiently flow product through the Supply Chain.
I’m enjoying newly married life, living in downtown Minneapolis with my husband and dog. In my free time, I love to run and hope to complete more ½ marathons in addition to the 2 I’ve already done. I also love to play soccer, read, travel, camp, hike, and try out new restaurants/bars around the cities!
I’m excited to join the IIE board and to network with fellow IEs from the Twin Cities area. I hope to participate in many of the events and help the Chapter grow!
I have spent the past 16 years teaching, mentoring and creating Lean cultures to drive improvements in cost, quality and customer satisfaction. I instruct over 30 Lean classes a year nationally at companies in a variety of different business sectors as well as many universities. I received my Bachelors of Science in Industrial Systems – Mechanical Design and Development and a Masters of Science in Manufacturing Systems at University of St. Thomas. I also have my Six Sigma Black Belt from SBTI and Lean Certification from the University of Kentucky.
Board Member at Large
During my career, I have enjoyed working in such industries as electronic controls, aerospace & defense, medical device, and filtration systems. My role as Senior Lean Process Specialist at Donaldson Company’s corporate campus in Bloomington, MN, focuses on Lean and continuous improvement across our global corporation. In developing and sustaining Donaldson’s lean program, I train and mentor co-workers in lean concepts, coach improvement teams, and drive process improvement initiatives throughout the enterprise. The best part of my job is coaching and monitoring the development of our lean culture and the continued implementation of Lean principles. With our corporate lean program, I interact with every level across the corporation.
Donaldson Company, Inc. is one of the largest and consistently growing filtration manufacturers in the world. We serve a wide range of markets, including aerospace, agriculture, construction, defense, disc drive, manufacturing, power generation, and transportation.
Board Member at Large
I am originally from Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison for Industrial Engineering and a Certificate (minor) in
Technical Communication. I held two internships at GE Healthcare supporting global supply chain and Lean implementation at their MR plant in Waukesha, WI. My internships with GE helped me learn that
a role in engineering and manufacturing within the medical device/healthcare industry provides a higher meaning to your work. It is immensely fulfilling to realize the impact of a medical innovation
to an individual’s life and family. Following graduation, I worked as a management and ERP consultant for Baker Tilly out of downtown Minneapolis. In that role, I traveled to mid-sized
manufacturing clients across the U.S. to recommend business process improvements and implement cloud-based ERP software.
In 2012, I started at Boston Scientific as an Industrial Engineer within St. Paul Operations. My role focused on implementing Lean principles and building a culture of continuous improvement across St. Paul production. My projects involved a focus on new product excellence as I had opportunities to work on a pre-commercial production line ramp-up as well as a production area site transfer project resulting from an acquisition. I have gained a new appreciation for wearing the continuous improvement “hat” and finding ways to build in Lean throughout the life cycle of a product. In 2014, I began a new role out of Maple Grove, where I drive value improvement across the broader organization and at our hospital customers as a continuous improvement technical mentor and lean healthcare consultant.
Board Member at Large
I have 6 years of experience in process and organizational improvement in retail, financial, and medical device industries - including transactional and non-transactional organizations. I have provided coaching and mentoring to functional process owners and teams in process improvement methodologies, tools, techniques, sustainment, strategy development and deployment. I also have experience in project and program management, supply chain optimization, corporate compliance, merchandising, busying and sales.